Careers and connections in Media, Performance and Communication


Once you’ve found your passion – whether it lies in acting and drama, English and creative writing, film and media or music and sound – we'll help you to hone your skills to get you career-ready through work experience opportunities, showcasing and portfolio building.

So, whether you’re performing to the masses in a stage production, designing sound bites for advertising agencies, working towards having your writing published, or providing match reports as a journalist for Sky Sports – we combine practical-based work experience, professional-standard equipment and innovative teaching techniques to ensure you have the technical tools and creative know-how you need to break into your chosen career.

Your career

We produce highly skilled graduates who are fully prepared for the world of work. Our graduates have a proven track record of success, securing roles in a wide range of creative, technical and administrative areas within the performance, communication, media and entertainment sectors including film, television, radio, media, theatre, publishing and the arts.

We have successful graduates that work in a variety of roles; from writers, videographers and content creators, to on-screen talent of the likes of Amit Shah, and recognisable journalists at various radio stations, as well as media outlets like BBC, ITV and Sky TV, and music companies like Sony and Polydor.

You'll find endless career options open to you after graduating. Our undergraduate Media, Performance and Communication courses can equip you for roles in...

  • Acting, directing, producing and editing
  • Film and documentary making
  • Marketing, advertising, PR, social media management
  • Digital content creation, editing and management
  • Music composition, production, performing, promoting and DJing
  • Sound and lighting design and management
  • Music studio and live sound engineering
  • Set and stage design and management
  • Theatre production and management
  • TV, radio and digital broadcasting and presenting
  • Publishing, copywriting and journalism
  • Community arts and arts administration
  • Cinematography and visual effects
  • Sports commentating and reporting
  • Event, venue and artist management
  • Teaching and tuition

Dan Crook

Graduated 2016

Dan Crook is a music engineer and musician at 140dB Management, home to some of the world's best producers, engineers, mixers, arrangers and writers.

Dan's story

Work experience

We place a strong emphasis on real-world learning and offer work placements on all our Media, Performance and Communication courses, enabling you to combine your theoretical knowledge with practical skill development and enhance your employability prospects.

Thanks to our enviable industry links, our students are often able to secure incredible work placements with leading companies, such as the BBC, ITV, The Telegraph, Ambassadors Theatre Group, Eurosport, Live Nation, and The Press Association.

Industry Connections

Our courses are packed full of opportunities to meet and network with leading industry organisations, helping you gain valuable experience for your future career. Thanks to our strong links, you’ll engage with professionals throughout your course and build connections ready for when you graduate.

We have outstanding professional connections with both nationwide and regional industry employers, including:

  • BBC
  • ITV
  • Eurosport
  • Sky / Sky Sports
  • Disney Channel
  • Double Negative
  • Aardman Animations
  • Envy Post
  • Warner Bros.
  • Channel 4
  • Granada TV
  • Lime Pictures
  • Talkback
  • Creative England
  • New Vic Theatre
  • Regent Theatre / Ambassador Group
  • B-Arts

During my time at University, I was given the chance to work with Stoke City FC and spent a full matchday with their media team. In my third year, I spent a full season with Kidsgrove Athletic FC as part of their media team which was a great experience. Ultimately, Staffordshire University has given me the skills and confidence I needed to go out and pursue my dream career.

Liam Kelsall

Sports Journalism

Our students

I spent two years on placement at Stoke City when they were in the Premier League and the Championship which was unbelievable. It really prepared me for the future and helped me to know what the sports media industry was like. Without that experience and skills from my course and support from my lecturers, I wouldn’t have been able to get a job in the industry.

Conor Shaw

Sports Journalism Graduate

I wouldn't have been able to get this role and do my job if it wasn’t for my English degree!

I currently work as an Internal Communications Coordinator at Synectics Solutions, managing the communications to over 350 employees and looking after our intranet. I work alongside the Employee Engagement Coordinator to ensure everyone is happy, has what they need to do their jobs and that they benefit from all of the company's wellbeing offerings. I wouldn't have been able to get this role and do my job if it wasn’t for my English degree!

Daisy Egerton

English graduate

I wanted to improve myself and improve my career and I think Staffs University definitely gave me the tools I needed to progress further. This course has changed my life and changed everything I thought about university, so thank you Staffs!


Emmanuel Olusanya

Acting and Theatre Arts

Thanks to Staffordshire University, I felt I could connect, converse and engage with professionals on a level where I understood the film industry terminology, production process and showcase my knowledge of the industry-standard software and equipment.

Lauren Hatchard

Film Production graduate

I’ve worked on everything; from TV dramas like Call the Midwife, all the way up to large feature films, the most well-known probably being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I’m currently working as an aerial camera assistant for Steven Spielberg on Ready Player One.

Nick Thursby

Film, Television and Radio graduate

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