Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies

Work Placements


Our placements help develop professional and personal skills that will give you a distinct advantage in pursuing a career in the competitive arts sector.

Our long established links to Nottingham’s dynamic arts community offers excellent opportunities for students to gain valuable professional experience. 


Laura Rutty describes the benefits of her professional placement at the renowned Nottingham Contemporary.


Optional placement year

Most students of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies* may undertake an optional placement year after their penultimate year of study.  This is a great way to explore an area of career interest, build professional skills and ease the transition into working life.

Successful completion of the optional placement will result in ‘with a Placement Year' being added to the end of students' degree titles. 

Find out more about the optional placement year *This does not apply to students studying the four-year International Media and Communications Studies with a language degree course.

Arts Professional Placement module

If you are a History of Art student in your second year, our Arts Professional Placement module allows you to develop transferable skills, gain valuable experience, and cultivate professional networks. 

Students take a series of on-campus workshops focused on:

  • transferable skills
  • applications and interviews
  • self presentation
  • research into specific careers sectors.

This is followed by an eight-week professional placement at one of our partner arts institutions, which include  Nottingham ContemporaryNew Art ExchangePrimary and Quad.

Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Work Placement and Employability Programme

All students in the School can benefit from the CLAS Work Placement and Employability programme. To be competitive in the current job market you need more than just a degree; you need to gain and demonstrate key skills for the work place. The CLAS Work Placements and Employability Programme helps you achieve that end.

Students are offered employability modules, skills workshops and events that will:

  • Help identify possible career options
  • Support personal development through a practical work placement in a local organisation
  • Maximise transferable skills gained through the work placement
  • Relate learned academic theory to real situations in the workplace

Find out more about the CLAS Work Placement and Employabiity Programme 


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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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