Photography graduates can look to work in the music press, forensic and medical photography, art practice, freelance photography and teaching at different levels. In addition, our students have taken up internships at the Sunderland Echo, at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art in Sunderland, and with wedding photographers and portrait photographers.
You will have opportunities to apply for internships, placements and live projects where you will work alongside industry professionals. You can also participate in visits to exhibitions with other students.
Our Photography Department operates the North East Photography Network. We arrange for established photographers to come and give talks about their careers. All students have access to these events. Past speakers have included: Simon Norfolk, Helen Sear, Rosy Martin, John Davies, Peter Fryer, Paul Seawright, Liz Wells, Jem Southam, Tomoko Yoneda, Melanie Friend, Julian Germain, Paul Wombell, Dinu Li, Paul Hermann, Nicola Dove and Julian Stallabrass.
It is possible to switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get exposure to an even wider spread of influences and inspirations.
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme, which will earn credits towards your degree. The language module can be taken on top of or as part of the 120 credits needed to complete a year.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
The University's Enterprise Team helps our students turn business ideas into reality. We have set up Creativitiworks specifically to support new businesses in the creative industries. As a business incubator, it brings together affordable office space, mentor support, equipment hire and excellent networking opportunities.
Our Careers & Employability Service (CES) advertises a variety of opportunities to earn money while you study.
Volunteering positions in local organisations, charities and community groups can help you to help other people while learning about your strengths and what you can offer. Past opportunities have included working with children and the elderly, conservation work and sporting activities.
CES also advertises details of paid part-time and vacation work in areas from call centre and retail work through to telesales and marketing and promotion and more.
Opportunities to work with companies on flexible, paid, part-time projects in areas such as IT, design, law, media, HR and event management, to name a few, are available too. These projects are a great chance to gain valuable work experience.
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience. For more information visit: www.sunderland.ac.uk/experience