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Placements and Work Experience

We are committed to the principle of employability and to producing graduates who are flexible and resourceful enough to flourish in a highly competitive job market. Our programme is designed to ensure not only that our students are well versed in film practice and film theory but also that they have a sound understanding of how the film and television industry works and of what kinds of careers might be available to them after they graduate.

For Film and Television Studies in their final year, all students have the opportunity to take a work experience module (taught by an industry professional) that requires them to complete a 70-hour placement with a suitable employer. We encourage our students to think flexibly about where they might apply their skills and we have close links with a wide range of employers. In thepast, students have completed placements with the Pinewood Group (film and television production facilities), Objective Productions (television production company), Journeyman Pictures (film distribution company), BalletBoyz (Emmy-award winning dance and film company), WaterAid (international development charity), amongst many others.

For students taking Film Production with the Professional Practice option, you have the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. We have excellent links with a wide range of external organisations providing high quality placements.

Emphasis throughout your studies is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers

jaswinderJaswinder

Course: Film and Television Studies BA

"The work experience at WaterAid allowed me to apply all the skills that I have learned over the course of the programme in a professional setting"

Working for WaterAid was a fantastic opportunity as it allowed me to experience working in a media setting on tasks that I could expect from an actual job after graduation. I was able to use and enhance my editing skills as I was required to edit pieces for WaterAid’s Child of Mine campaign, for the official WaterAid YouTube Channel and for the WaterAid Vimeo Channel. I also had the opportunity to conduct interviews and to film in London for another upcoming campaign. Overall the work experience allowed me to apply all the skills that I have learned over the course of the programme in a professional setting.

View the campaign that Jaswinder worked on here.

Al Ward student profileAl Ward

Course: Film and Television Studies BA

“This placement with Chiswick Buzz has given me the opportunity to develop my camera and editing skills in a professional and challenging environment”

I have been fortunate enough to secure a good number of placements at a variety of professional media outlets during my time at Brunel, the most significant of which I secured through the contacts which the Film and Television Studies programme has in the industry. Firstly, I was put in touch with the online television broadcaster, ChiswickBuzz, a company I have been working with since the end of my second year. This placement has given me the opportunity to develop my camera and editing skills in a professional and challenging environment.

Secondly, as a student on the final-year work experience module, I was able to successfully apply for a two-week position in the media department of the renowned international charity, WaterAid. This placement gave me the chance to work with some very talented people, whilst also providing an impressive platform on which to showcase my work. Both of these placements have led to part-time paid jobs, for which I am very grateful.

izzy-khatkarIzzy Khatkar

Course: Film and Television Studies BA

“I got the chance to liaise and work with people from various departments such as postproduction and comedy”

Working at Objective Productions was the best experience of my life, everyone there was incredibly friendly and I learnt a lot about how the industry works. I worked alongside the runners who really went out of their way to help me and I also got a chance to work in comedy development. I got the chance to liaise and work with people from various departments such as postproduction and comedy.

The best thing was the way people shared ideas, and during my time the entertainment team were coming up with some incredible concepts. The comedy department allowed me to read scripts of possible shows that were not only very funny, but also gave me a lot of ideas. I loved my time at Objective Productions and I hope that one day I will be able to go back and work for them once more.