Department of Music and Media

Professional Training placement

Our Professional Training placement programme give students unique access to the world of work as part of their degree. Across the University we have over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas and these organisations provide opportunities for our students to put their skills into practice and to experience a real professional environment. 

The placement year forms an important part of your education and aims to develop your professional, practical, interpersonal, organisational, and creative and/or technical skills, and to allow you to apply some of the theory that you have learned in the first two years of the programme. A Professional Training tutor will work with you to prepare you for the placement period and help you to choose and organise an appropriate placement and host organisation.

Music

The third year of our four-year Music (W301) programme is spent away from the University, working in a professional role for major arts and music organisations. The senior Professional Training tutor will work with you to prepare you for the placement period and help you to choose and organise an appropriate placement and host organisation. 

Types of industry placement are varied and can take place anywhere in the country, although many have been London-based. Recent students have worked in areas of music management and administration, concert management, music education, marketing, music publishing, venue management, on and off-line record labels and music retail. 

Organisations and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

Tonmeister

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For Employers

This leaflet explains the gist of the placement scheme, gives some examples of how it might help you as an employer, and mentions a few of the other employers who use it: 

Employers who have registered their intention to offer a placement this year can view shortlists of candidates plus CVs on our Members Only Website.

For further information please contact the Tonmeister Senior Professional Training Tutor Caroline Haigh.

Film and Television

Our students have undertaken a professional training year across the film and media sector in areas such as film marketing, film festivals, film, television and documentary production, and games in the UK and overseas.

Host organisations include: