Live Briefs and Placements

Live briefs and placements

Placements, work experience and live brief projects are a chance for our students to apply the skills they have learned on their course, build a strong portfolio, get a taste of the working world and deepen their professional networks.

Industry engagement of this kind is at the core of our curriculum. Many of our staff have worked within the arts and media sector before moving into higher education and know how organisations like yours operate.

Dedicated staff will work with you to coordinate student-employment opportunities that benefit all parties.
To find out more about live briefs and placements, please email us or phone us on +44 (0)161 295 6165.


Working with local schools and colleges is essential to fostering educational excellence in the region. Manchester Communication Academy, a new high school in North Manchester, came to the University looking for arts and media undergraduates to run creative workshops for their pupils.

Several undergraduates across a range of subject areas including Performance, Music and Media & Broadcast,  were selected to take part in the ‘Expert in Residence’ scheme at the Academy.

The scheme was an exciting opportunity for students to take a 10-week placement, where they gained practical teaching experience that will be crucial in their future careers. Meanwhile, the Academy was able to stage a series of exciting and engaging workshops that the children loved.


Our fashion department was approached by the luxury Italian fashion brand Marina Rinaldi – who are part of the Max Mara group – to open a live industry brief to all third-year undergraduates.

Fashion Design students were challenged to develop original ideas for a new range of plus-sized clothing. Alongside this, Fashion Image Making and Styling students were tasked with rejuvenating the Marina Rinaldi brand via an advertising, photography and editorial re-launch.

At the end of the project, six shortlisted students were flown to Milan, where they presented their work to the Max Mara executive team. Then two lucky students were awarded a £2,000 prize plus a 12-month paid internship.

“This project was about pushing boundaries, inviting fresh vision and also creating an opportunity for the students to work in industry. Logistics that we must consider everyday within an office don't hinder the imagination of these young creatives. For them, there are no boundaries or limits to the kind of images they can create. It is this boldness and creative spirit that helped to create a beautiful, fresh campaign that we look forward to releasing this Autumn (2014).” - Marina Rinaldi representative.