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Art, design and fashion placements

The sectors of art, design and fashion include an extensive range of occupations including interior designer, illustrator, animator, fashion photographer, graphic designer, make-up artist, product designer and fine artist. In the creative occupations, working freelance and self-employment are common career paths.

Undertaking placements and internships will develop skills, establish industry contacts, generate opportunities and provide evidence for self-promotion/portfolios. Relevant work experience is often essential to career development and increasingly an employer expectation.

For a list of online sources of sector careers information and work opportunities visit the art, design and fashion page in CareerBox (myCourse log-in required).

To explore a broader range of careers, visit the Prospects website of articles related to What can I do with my degree? and the creative arts and design sector.

Make sure you have registered with Solent Graduate Jobs to search for opportunities and receive email notification of vacancies in your sector/s of interest.

The section below focuses on placement providers in the field of fashion.


The fashion industry contributes around £20.9 billion to the UK economy (British Fashion Council, 2009). It employs around 340,000 people and comprises three broad components - design, manufacture and servicing (Prospects, 2014).

To find out more information about a career in fashion visit Prospects. Furthermore a great place to find the latest jobs and placements in fashion is Drapers.

Southampton Solent University (SSU) placement providers in fashion

Make a speculative application to any of these listed companies, asking about the possibility of having a placement with them. Tailor your CV and covering email/letter to the organisation and positively describe the skills, experience and knowledge you would bring to such a position. These companies have all offered SSU students a fashion placement.

Local fashion placements

Southampton is a vibrant city with many opportunities and employers from various industries. Fashion does not only involve working next to the stylist or a designer. It is marketing, PR, events, buying, merchandising and more. Check out these local companies and their variety of roles:

What do fashion graduates do?

By undertaking work experience, you’ll be able to combine your interest in the fashion industry, with a creative approach to business and management. You’ll obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry and increase your chances of achieving a graduate job. See below for some companies that employed SSU graduates:


For more placement websites, the jobs and work experience section of CareerBox is a great place to start. 
Go to CareerBox  [myCourse login required].

Page last updated on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 11.50am.


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