Student Employability

The Institute of Media Arts produces graduates with the potential to shape the future of Britain’s media and creative industries. We offer our students the opportunity to gain real-life experience through our partnerships with the media industry.

BBC partnership

A formal partnership between the University and BBC in the Midlands offers students the opportunity of industry experience in real conditions.

This currently takes three forms:

  • Series of student-centred workshops - delivered on campus by senior BBC management.
  • Competitive work placement scheme - successful candidates spend a month in a BBC newsroom.
  • Mentoring scheme - second-year students apply to be mentored by a senior BBC manager for the duration of their third year of undergraduate study.

Working in the media industry

Students gain valuable work placements at a range of Midlands based Production Companies, Public Relations businesses and Radio WCR FM.

Students recently took part in an outside broadcast of the Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 show at WCR FM (pictured right).

Students frequently engage in production briefs commissioned by employers.

Clients have included:

  • Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council,
  • Mid Counties Co-operative Society and
  • Global Vending UK.

(Pictured right: students undertake a survey of residents on Wolverhampton City Centre developments.)

Student award winners

Our students are regularly nominated for awards. In 2009 BA (Hons) Video & Film Production students were nominated for the 'Best Drama' in the prestigious Royal Television Society Student Awards.

And in 2008 our students won a hat-trick of awards at the same awards, including BA (Hons) Video & Film Production graduates winning the Best Drama Award for their comedy-drama "My Two Best Friends".

Pictured: From left to right: Steve Evans, Michalis Michael, Rahela Jagric, Matt Bennett and Pete Benfield - RTS award winners 2008.