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Working with the creative industries

Our students engage with industry and receive professional recognition in many different ways, including live briefs, work placements, specialist workshops and masterclasses.

We also hold dedicated careers events to get you started in the Creative Industries.

Why your creativity matters


Check out the Creative Journeys website for more reasons why your creativity matters

Make the most of your creativity in Cambridge

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Source: *; **Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders: inspiring Cambridge

Take part in events with industry professionals

Our students benefit from advice, and even work alongside, industry professionals in events such as specialist workshops and masterclasses. Our course-specific industry events include:

Brains Eden - Computer Games Art/Development

Work with other students and reps from major studio to create a game in the annual gaming festival Brains Eden’s 48-hour Games Jam.  You will also attend a series of talks that bring together the education and game development communities and see exhibitions of student and industry work.  Students who have attended in the past have been offered work placements with the likes of ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight.

Brains Eden 2016 - watch the video

Creative members of staff with prior industry experience, cutting-edge equipment, and ongoing support from local and world-leading companies, make the MA Computer Games Development course a complete learning experience
Jason Riley
Senior Artist, Sony Computer Entertainment

Wired talks – Film and Television Production

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Our Wired events ensure continuing engagement with industry for our BA (Hons) and MA Film and Television Production students.

This series of screenings, seminars, Q&As and workshops with film and television industry professionals has included award winning director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love, Hide Park on Hudson), Ben Wheatley (Director of Free Fire, Kill List, A Field In England, High Rise and Cannes Festival-selected Sightseers), Sean Bobbitt (Cinematographer on the award-winning 12 Years a Slave) and Adam Azmy, (Director and Digital Composer who has contributed to such films as Spielberg's War Horse, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Cameron's Avatar).

Our recent Wired guests have included:

FARU talks - Fine Art

Our Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) holds fortnightly talks by contemporary artists and staff. You can hear them talk about their work, and engage in debates about art practice.

Past FARU guest speakers have included: Phillip Allen - Juan Bolivar - Rebecca Fortnum - Danny Rolph - Hayley Newman - Günter Herbst - David Kefford - Cally Spooner - Tim Ellis - Andrew Grassie - Lilah Fowler - Jemima Brown - Caroline Wright - Matthew Derbyshire.

Other ways to make the most of your creativity

Placements and Work Experience

As an undergraduate in Cambridge School of Art*, you'll have have the opportunity to take a placement as part of your course, gaining you vital workplace skills and experience, as well as contacts in the creative industries. Visit our Placements and Work Experience page for more information

The Big Pitch

Realise your business idea with The Big Pitch, a competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin University. If you’re a passionate entrepreneur with exciting, imaginative business ideas, this is your chance to pitch for the money and support to make it happen.

Creative Minds

Find some space to promote your creative talents and get a foot in the door of your chosen career with Creative Minds. This online platform set up by Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union is a network designed to connect you to industry, including collaborative projects, careers and networking events and volunteering / work experience opportunities. #arucreative

Talent Cupboard

Develop your portfolio with Talent Cupboard, an online creative crowdsourcing service with a social purpose. Connect with businesses looking for talented young creatives from across the UK to produce professional and cost effective print and digital marketing, from logos, web design and animation through to printed marketing. If you win a project you can earn money at the same time.

Startup Lab

Test and develop your early-stage business ideas in a supportive environment among like-minded peers at the Startup Lab, a new initiative that provides a dedicated space for our entrepreneurial creative students.

*excluding BA (Hons) Fine Art