Design graduate destinations
of our Design graduates are in work or further study after 15 months*
*The structure and coverage of this survey are determined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) employment indicator 2019/20, published in January 2021.
Great graduate careers
Many of our Design graduates go into jobs related to their degree specialism, within the creative industries. Thanks to the transferable skills and experiences they develop through our courses, they also go into jobs including marketing, TV and media and education. Our graduates often develop varied and stimulating portfolio careers or become self-employed. Typical jobs may include:
- Art Director
- Brand Manager
- Experiential/Environmental Designer
- Freelance Designer
- Interactive designer
- Interior designer
- Motion Designer
- Social Media Consultant
- User Experience (UX) Designer
- User Interface (UI) Designer.
Top graduate employers
Graduates work with leading public and private sector organisations across the country, as well as small to medium-sized enterprises. We have employer partners who shape our courses, advise students on careers and provide internships or work experience. Graduates find jobs with our partners as well as these leading employers:
- Dyson Ltd
- Immediate Media
- Ogilvy & Mather
- Smith Brewer Ltd
- Studio 411 Photography
- Taxi Studios
Some of our Design graduates go on to study for postgraduate degrees in subjects including product design, marketing and animation.
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Career support throughout your degree
From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Placements and work experience
As well as placements, our students gain experience on live projects, commissions and competitions. There are plenty more opportunities to get experience through volunteering, part-time work and paid internships. Whatever path our students choose, the careers service can find experience that fits their brief.
We encourage students to take part in industry competitions. Students have gained national and international recognition through these. We also arrange specific UWE Bristol awards and bursaries including:
- Gane Trust Travel Bursary giving a second year student £1,000 to carry out a research project of their choice, providing them with the opportunity to travel, gather materials, undertake workshops and make contacts.
The Creative Industries departments arrange an annual Professional Practice Week. With over 60 events offered, it's the perfect opportunity to network and learn about the sector. There are panels and presentations with top employers, industry professionals and alumni.
Our annual degree show offers employers the opportunity for talent scouting and students the opportunity to market themselves to industry. As well as showing them work, students can schedule a one-to-one to talk about graduate careers.
Starting up a business
Many of our graduates go freelance and become self-employed. So we give them a head start while they're here. Enterprise skills are built into the curriculum, and students can bring business ideas to life by accessing private sessions and funding by working with our enterprise advisers.
Specialist careers support
Sector-specific careers advice is available for each department and one-to-ones are available with our dedicated team. Students can attend weekly careers drop-ins to find out more about creative careers. They can build their skills through workshops on LinkedIn, presentation skills and pitching etc. And it doesn't end when they graduate. Our careers services are available to alumni up until three years after graduation.
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On our design courses, you'll work on live briefs, be inspired by study visits and benefit from our extensive industry links, both in buzzing Bristol and further afield.
Work experience, jobs and placements
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Further study options
Further study information for UWE Bristol students including postgraduate study, conversion courses, studying overseas and funding further study.