Filmmaking, Animation and Photography


of Filmmaking, Animation and Photography 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 2020/21, published in March 2023.

Great graduate careers

Many of our Filmmaking Animation and Photography 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 recruitment, publishing or education. Our graduates often develop varied and stimulating portfolio careers or become self-employed. Typical jobs may include:

  • 2D Colourist
  • After Effects Artist
  • Cinematographer
  • Compositor
  • Director
  • Festival Producer
  • Film Curator
  • Games Artist
  • Junior Animator
  • Location Sound Recordist
  • Music Editor
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • PR Executive
  • Production Coordinator
  • Post Production Assistant
  • Sculptor Assistant
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Talent Scout
  • Video and Commercials Producer.

Top graduate employers

Graduates work with leading public and private sector organisations across the country and 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:

  • Aardman
  • A Productions
  • BBC and BBC Earth
  • Blue Zoo Animation
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol Post
  • Channel 4
  • The Farm Group
  • Films @ 59
  • Immediate Media
  • ITV
  • National Trust
  • Plimsoll Productions
  • Silverback Films
  • Studio Giggle
  • Sun and Moon Studio
  • Tigress
  • True to Nature
  • Tusko Films
  • Ujima Radio
  • Wild Space Productions
  • Wonky Films

Further study

Some of our Filmmaking, Animation and Photography graduates also go on to study for postgraduate degrees in subjects ranging from animation, documentary production virtual and extended realities, and curating to teaching.

Accredited by industry

Many of our courses are accredited. So, our students leave with industry-recognised qualifications and study exemptions in many cases.

Find out more about our Filmmaking, Animation and Photography courses 

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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 future.

Placements and work experience

As well as placements, our students gain experience on live projects, commissions and competitions run by employers. There are plenty more opportunities to get experience through volunteering, part-time work and internships. Whatever path our students choose, the careers service can help them to 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 Crispin Aubrey Scholarship supporting aspiring journalists to pursue a career in journalism, with a focus on environmental and social injustice.

An annual Professional Practice Week offers more than 100 events providing 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 also offers employers the opportunity for talent scouting and students the opportunity to market themselves to industry.

The Showcase website features the work of graduates from more than 25 programmes across art, design, animation, photography and moving image.

You’ll get a great sense of UWE Bristol’s creative talent. Organised by programme, each graduating student can create an individual profile page with bio, images, sound and/or embedded video, and links to their own website and socials.

This flexible platform serves as a professional launch space – and offers the added benefits of significant visibility, distribution and promotion to wider professional audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

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 advisors.

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. Alumni can access our careers services up until three years after graduation.

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