College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries

We welcome enquiries from employers who would be interested in offering a placement to any student from the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries. Outside of courses, placements can be offered year-round, although students will generally only be able to undertake part-time work placements during term time. Internships/placements offered outside of a course should be paid at the National Minimum Wage or above. You can upload your vacancy directly to our vacancy portal or email dcdiplacements@westminster.ac.uk.

We also have a number of courses that include specific work placement modules. If you would like to offer experience to a student through one of these courses and programmes, please get in touch.

Fashion Placements

  • One-year full-time, paid Industrial Placements within Fashion Buying and Fashion Merchandising.
  • For Fashion Buying the placement is taken at the end of the second year and starts in June/July.
  • Fashion merchandise management also takes place within the second year from January to December.
  • Both courses have excellent relationships with many well-respected potential employers who will come in to the University to deliver talks and discuss what happens at an assessment centre.

Undergraduate placements – Professional Practice

The majority of our courses have a professional practice module which is either core or can be taken as an optional module. The timings will vary by course but range between 5-15 days taken within the second or third year.

Courses include Contemporary Media Practice, Digital Media & Communication, Film, TV Production, Radio & Digital Production, Photography and Journalism.

The module timings are flexible throughout the year to suit both the student and the employer.

Students can work part-time over several weeks or they can do 2 to 3 weeks full-time.

Travel and/or lunch expenses should be covered and any hours/days in excess of the placement requirements must be paid National Minimum Wage.

Placements in Architecture, Architectural Technology and Interior Architecture

  • Two-week work experience for third-year undergraduate Architecture, Architecture Technology and Architecture & Environmental Design students on set dates in January. This is generally unpaid and must be full-time within a RIBA chartered practice.
  • Two-week or 70 hours worth of work experience for second year undergraduate Designing Cities, Planning and Architecture students, to be completed over the summer before their third year (Summer Internships).

Placements in Tourism and Events

  • 50 hours work experience for first year undergraduate students, between October and April/May. This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and can be part-time in term time and full-time in vacation periods
  • One-year sandwich placement for undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study in Tourism and Planning and Tourism with Business. 
  • Placements should be paid at the National Minimum Wage or above, on a full-time basis, starting between July - September each year. 
  • Work placement settings include SMEs, start-ups, larger corporations and charities.

Placements in Computer Science & Engineering

  • One-year (35 – 52 weeks), sandwich placement for undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study in Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Networks Communications/ Security, Computer Systems, Electronic Engineering, Games Development, Multimedia Computing, Robotics and Software Engineering.
  • Placements should be paid at the National Minimum Wage or above, on a full-time basis, starting between July - September each year.
  • Work placement settings include SMEs, start-ups, larger corporations and charities.

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Government's Kickstart Scheme.

Who can apply

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

You must make sure the roles are eligible for the scheme.

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme