School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

Frank Foy, Publishing and English BA (Hons):

"During my Jaguar Land Rover placement I was responsible for a project from its early stages through to completion. I acquired knowledge specific to the role and valuable transferable skills."


All of our courses provide students with the opportunity to undertake a year-long period of professional development in industry. This takes place after the first two years of study and on completion students gain an additional qualification which we call the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

Additionally, some placements can be relatively short and can be fitted into the Easter or Summer break, others involve working for the year between second and third year of your studies. There are also some great opportunities for placements abroad.

Examples of organisations that have successfully offered this opportunity to Arts, English and Drama students include Alexander McQueen, Airbus, Marks and Spencer’s, Next, Walt Disney, ASOS, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), UBS and Warner Bros. Watch the video below to hear students from our School who have undertaken placements talk about their experiences:

Student Benefits

  • Gain a substantial period of work experience (45 weeks or more) and develop transferable skills that are sought after by Graduate Recruiters, learning on production whilst facing the real world of work.
  • Gain a recognised qualification upon successful completion (Diploma of Professional Studies).
  • Earn a salary whilst gaining experience.
  • Networking with Employers allows Students to make useful contacts in the industry which you are interested.
  • Students assume responsibility for a range of demanding and challenging experiences building on their independence.
  • Improves chances of students securing a Graduate role and makes Loughborough students more employable.
  • Students put theory into practice.
  • Add substantial work experience to your CV.
  • Increase your chances of securing a graduate position with the company you worked for on placement.

Benefits for the Employer

  • Opportunity for students to make a positive contribution to the Company resulting in advantages such as saving money, improving efficiency and contributing to innovative projects.
  • Raise the organisation’s profile within the University and with its students.
  • Enable the employer to see the student in action for a year before deciding whether or not to offer employment after graduation.
  • Provide the employer with the opportunity to undertake specific project work which might not otherwise be possible.
  • Help a company to build closer links with Loughborough University with a view to further collaboration.

University Expectations

  • A placement that enhances a student's knowledge.
  • A placement that allows personal and professional development.
  • Regular communication from employers that includes feedback about the progress.
  • A fair and valid recruitment and selection process.
  • Appropriate planning before students arrive and support during placement.

Enterprise in Teaching

All our taught course programmes include elements of enterprise education. We base these on a tiered structure that engages all students at the first level and leads to increased involvement for those who have a particular interest or aptitude for enterprise and business. Much of our enterprise education is delivered by our own staff (and those in our collaborating university schools), by visiting fellows and practising designers, and by companies who work with us to support enterprise-led project work and student placements. Programmes include work-based learning modules taught in Part C, which aim to develop students understanding of theatre or the writing industries whilst working within a chosen professional environment or an area of the writing industries.

How can we support you?

Although it is your own responsibility to find your own placement, we offer exceptional help and support. The School of Arts, English and Drama have their very own Placements Officer, dedicated towards maximising the benefits for students by encouraging and supporting students looking to secure placements and those that are out on a placement year, including working with Employers to make available relevant placements to our students. Additionally, Students are actively supported by the University’s Careers and Employability Centre and the School's placement tutors.

For further information please email Joanne Pirie-Scott.