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What’s it like to do a fashion or textiles placement?

Hear from some of our graduates about what it was like on placement and where they went during their year in industry.

“I highly recommend taking a placement year, whilst the placement was challenging, I gained so much experience and confidence from it. Going into final year I feel less panicked about the thought of graduating into the industry as now I have had a taster of this.” 
Emma Adams, Fashion Communication with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“The valuable business aspect and placement year make the degree a cut above other courses, I spent my placement year at JW Anderson which was hard work but great fun.”
Sandrine Melville, Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“Brighton seemed like the perfect choice. This was because the course not only lets you explore different textile specialisms, but sets you up for the industry with the placement year and business studies which gives you an advantage compared to other textile courses. I found this really beneficial not only for my work but personal growth too.”
Hannah Griffith, Textile Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“My year in industry was invaluable and an enormous learning curve on every level. Although not always easy, I learned so many aspects of design, production, craft and print, as well as about the fashion industry. Without the year in industry, the pressures and management of my final year would have been much more of a struggle and I would not have furthered my technical skills.”
Laura Dean, Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“The initial two years really prepared me for placement year, which I think is an asset to the course. To have the option of placement was great and has meant when we graduated, we knew what to expect.”
Olivia Van de Velde, Fashion Communication with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“Leaving university with experience already on my CV is a relief…the placement taught everyone a lot, from knowing what sector you either want to be in or don’t want to be in to improving your skills in construction, the creative cloud or just general time management and professionalism.”
Ciara Knight, Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“During my year in industry I interned in New York with GAP, and in London for Craig Green and E. Tautz. The placement is an excellent way to gain an insight and create motivation for your future career and life after university. The experience allowed me to understand all the career possibilities within the fashion industry but also, most importantly, taught me a range of important skills and confidence in using them.”
Hannah Gibbins, Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons) and Graduate Fashion Week award-winner

“The course and the opportunities available through the work placement year has enabled me to open doors for my career and understand my own creative practice through practical experience. I plan to work in fashion styling or campaign production in London.”
Shauna Maddison, Fashion Communication with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“I encourage future students to take part in the optional placement year- I learnt a lot during my year in the fashion industry- It is an opportunity to see what life is like after uni.”
Samela Gjozi, Textile Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“One of the main reasons I was attracted to the course was the placement year as I wanted the opportunity to work with big brands in the fashion industry and make valuable industry connections.”
Lottie Allen, Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

“I was drawn to this course in Brighton, as I felt you were taught the technicalities of your chosen specialism, whilst also benefiting from the business modules and optional placement year. I benefited greatly from the optional placement year, which I found an invaluable way of creating contacts, gaining work experience, and learning more about the industry. I would recommend this to any students who have the opportunity as it really readies you for a career in the creative industry.”
Joanna Ellams, Textile Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

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