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Undergraduate courses

Humanities with a Foundation Year

The Institute believes that students cannot start too soon to begin to develop the necessary skills that can benefit their future employability. Consequently, we work closely with UEA Careers Central and the Associate Dean for Employability – who is also based in the Institute - to embed the concept and practice of employability into the various modules on the course at the earliest stages of students' university experience.

The Foundation Year helps students to develop a range of employable skills within the various modules of the course and via a range of extra - curricular and community engagement activities. The Institute's close connection with the UEA Television Studio, the UEA Music Centre, the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) enable students to gain experience in various areas such as archiving, digital literacy and media – related activities. Students are encouraged to monitor and enhance their employability – related skills throughout the course.

The Institute, in conjunction with the careers centre, offers students the opportunity to undertake internships and voluntary work in the gap between the Foundation Year and the start of their first year studies. Furthermore, the Foundation Year allows students to develop a range of transferable skills such as language, communication, collegiality and time-management – all of which will significantly enhance employability in the future.


Postgraduate courses

MA in Creative Entrepreneurship

Employability is at the heart of this innovative one-year MA course for artists, writers, musicians, composers, performing artists and recent Arts graduates who are establishing their careers in fields of Visual Arts, Music, Literature or in cultural provision. The first course of its kind in the UK, it offers opportunities to showcase creative work and placements in London and the UK. A unique feature is the development of your own personal Arts Plan to navigate a professional creative future.

This programme is flexible and responsive to student's needs, through an extensive programme supported by over twenty specialist visitors, reflecting the aspirations of each cohort of students. The course defines the artist as a creative entrepreneur who is able to sustain independent arts practice in the light of twenty first century challenges. Visiting speakers are drawn from across the UK creative industries including the Arts Council, Arts and Business, Charitable Trusts, Corporate Sponsors, the National Lottery and Local Authorities.


For more information contact Employability officer, Stephen Bennett  via s.bennett@uea.ac.uk or contact Careers Central