Nurturing budding entrepreneurs
Do you see yourself setting up your own company? We have a significant history of success with supporting the formation of graduate companies and graduate employment within the broad field of digital art and technology. If you have a great business idea while you’re a student with us you can take advantage of Formation Zone, a pre-incubation facility based within the University that gives help and advice to those who want to develop business ideas or form start-up companies.
Formation Zone helped graduates Alex Ryley, Benjamin Reynhart, Rich Searle, Andy Sargeant and Chris Mayoh realise their ambitions and set up Mutant Labs, now a successful gaming company.
Work placement opportunities
You have the opportunity to take an optional paid 48 week work placement that offers invaluable practical work experience. We recommended it because it not only enhances your final year of study but you are also more likely to receive project sponsorship and immediate employment with your placement company after you graduate. You will typically earn around £15,000-£20,000 pa (or more) during your placement year.
Relevant work experience
In addition to the placements offered by degree courses, it’s worth getting some relevant experience either through part-time, voluntary or holiday work.
Doing this in your first and second year can help you to beat the competition to secure the placement you want. You should also take time to develop your commercial awareness, network with potential employers, enter competitions and develop your portfolio.