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School of Arts and Media

Student Engagement Opportunities

Placements, work experience and live brief projects are a chance for our students to apply the skills they have learned on their course by engaging and collaborating directly with industry.

Flexible work-based learning is central to all our programmes, at all levels of study. Industry placements actively prepare our students for employment, equipping them with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the workplace and allowing them to test out their theoretical knowledge.

Case Studies

  • Students are regularly encouraged to think about the role their work can play in the outside world and public realm. Following the development of a long-term partnership with Salford Royal Hospital, an exclusive artwork commission was offered to all Art & Design and Digital Design students as an extra-curricular opportunity to produce a memorial wall in the Hope Building to commemorate bereaved families and organ donors. Shortlisted students pitched their designs to the hospital’s Bereavement and Donation team and the winning final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Alice Hemmings, was commissioned and received a £5,000 prize to see her proposal through to installation and launch with a high profile public unveiling. 
  • Within our Music directorate, all teaching is geared towards students gaining exposure for their credit-bearing work, performing their compositions and forming ensembles, emphasised by potential public and industry facing output – just as they would do as a professional musician. The Red Brick Sessions, a recent partnership between the BBC Philharmonic, University of Salford and Salford City Council, saw many opportunities for students to gain valuable workplace experience with one of the world’s leading broadcast orchestras. Students were involved in a range of activities from documentary making and front of house and audience facing activities, to operation of cutting edge audience interactive technology being tested by the orchestra.
  • Live briefs and creative projects, led by industry, form a large part of the student experience in building their professional portfolios whilst studying at Salford. Each year, students from Broadcast Media courses including BA (Hons) TV & Radio and BA (Hons) Film Production return to campus in January ready to undertake ‘Industry Challenge’. This three week period sees student teams assembled by their tutors, and assigned to real live briefs set by industry clients. They begin with a 24 hour turnaround from receiving their projects to bring together presentations, storyboards and proposals to pitch back to the industry clients for initial feedback, then taking the next couple of weeks to work as a team on their films, social media campaigns and radio products. The project comes to a close with a showcase screening in front of their peers, clients and lecturers to observe one another’s work and celebrate their achievements. The last edition of ‘Industry Challenge’ saw almost 120 students take part in 15 short term projects from a whole range of providers including Bauer Media, Sharks Community Trust, LGBT Foundation, Home Office Immigration Enforcement, and the Probation Service Counter Terrorism unit.
  • Work placements and work based learning opportunities are used across many subjects in the School of Arts & Media, allowing undergraduates a unique ‘real world’ opportunity to work with industry as part of a credited module on their degree. The University’s partnership with Lancashire County Cricket Club gives students plenty of ongoing projects and opportunities to be involved with, from filmmaking and interview opportunities to work placements. Final year BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism student, Inzy Rashid, was selected for an exclusive internship assisting the Club in covering their pre-season tour in Dubai, before working on behalf of the Emirates T20 Tournament at the ICC Academy. This work placement opportunity saw many students apply through the University, before selected candidates completed professional level interviews with the Club.
  • The British Council Steward-Research Fellowships, joint-funded between the School of Arts & Media and the British Council, were an outstanding example of our ‘Industry Collaboration Zone’ strategy in action. Three postgraduate students from the MA Contemporary Fine Art course – Hazel Clegg, Sarah Boulter and Rika Jones – were recently selected to join 50 other students from across the UK to work on placement at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a world renowned arts exhibition. The students were employed to invigilate the Phyllida Barlow exhibition alongside carrying out their own research which will go on to be exhibited in London. Hazel was interviewed by the British Council for an article about the fellowship experience.

Dedicated staff are available to work with industry and external clients to coordinate student-employment opportunities, such as those above, with the aim of benefitting all parties with worthwhile collaboration and experiential learning. 

If you’d like to find out more about engaging our students or have a project, placement, brief or work experience opportunity, please email us or phone us to discuss your proposal +44 (0)161 295 6165.