by Rebecca Day
BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion
As part of second year Fashion Business and Promotion, there is an Industry Placement and Self Promotion module in which you need to complete a minimum of two weeks work experience within the industry.
At first I felt that I hadn’t yet found a part of the industry I was certain I wanted to experience first-hand and was really concerned about entering a placement that I wouldn’t enjoy. I connected with a lot of people on LinkedIn and emailed a lot of companies, but found that I wasn’t getting replies or they were taking a while to reply. I did find it was worth sending follow up emails or even phoning, because it would be so much more efficient.
The process was challenging but a good learning curve, and eventually I ended up securing my placement through Instagram. I found Lizzie King through Carnaby Streets Instagram stories where I saw her working on a window for a GQ event.
by Atena Ameri
BA (Hons) Costume Design and Practice
An industry placement provides the perfect opportunity to gain work experience and test your knowledge in the fashion environment.
We spoke with BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Design for Performance student Atena Ameri to learn more about her placement year at Birmingham Royal Ballet.
How did you find and secure your placement?
Birmingham Royal Ballet were looking for a student designer from the university and I replied to an email they sent to Claudia, who is a Lecturer at the School of Fashion and Textiles. I went for an interview and brought along my portfolio to showcase a variety of design work and garments.
An industry work placement is a great opportunity to put the skills your develop on your course to practice in a real-life fashion environment.
We caught up with BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Josephine Goh about working overseas with major high street retailer H&M during the second year of her course.
Where did you do your placement and for how long?
I completed a 3 month paid placement at H&M’s Head Office in Stockholm, Sweden, as a Menswear Design Assistant. I wanted to work for a high street brand and experience working abroad so this internship was perfect for me.