Talent Development

At Escape Studios we want you to leave us with much more than a degree. We focus on building your employability skills so you really shine in the studio. Over 418,000 students* in the UK graduated with a degree during the last academic year! This is why graduates need more than a qualification to stand out, and our dedicated Talent Development Team are here to help you do just that. Alongside your academic studies, you’ll have access to a programme of events, workshops, resources and unique opportunities to build your career from day one.

*HESA, Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18 - Qualifications achieved.

More than a degree

At Escape Studios, you’ll get more than a degree. Our Talent Development team will help you stand out. By taking part in events in workshops you’ll benefit from:

  • Make industry connections and network with employers
  • Get feedback from the people that will one day be looking to employ you
  • Meet our Escapees who have been there and done it!
  • Become a more well rounded student/artist
  • Prepare for finding a graduate job (CV and interview clinics)
  • Get tons of talking points to make you stand out to future employers 

Maria Robinson

BA Hons The Art of Computer Animation student

Escape's 'Evening With' events and showcases have been immensely helpful in getting to know and talk with people one-on-one, get advice or just talk about the craft.

Lionel Estivil, Digital Compositor at Framestore

Alumnus

The network that you create at escape is huge, so you're building industry connections while you study. I got showreel feedback from Peerless whilst I was studying and I went on to work there as my first role in industry.

Simon Devereux, Head of L&D at The Mill

The Mill's relationship with Escape Studios has always been important to the studio for obvious reasons; we enjoy speaking regularly with Escape students at events, The VFX Festival and via any opportunity to mentor students or offer advice on industry career paths. Students at Escape Studios are always super-switched-on, know their stuff and ask great questions!

Emma Smith, Talent Manager at Creative Assembly

One of the best things that students can do to get themselves ready for our industry is to meet as many developers and professional artists that they possibly can, so they get their hands on real world advice and experience.

Talent Development events

Careers coaching 

Whether you know exactly what career you want to do or you are just exploring your options, our Talent Development Team is here to help. From CV workshops to LinkedIn photoshoots to speed networking, there’s a whole host of events and online resources to help you plan for your future.

 

Creative showcases

We hold student showcases so you can show off your work and group projects to our industry contacts. A great way to get feedback from industry professionals, make connections and be spotted for graduate roles. 

 

 

Friends of Escape

We work with studios big and small these include companies such as DNEG and Framestore some of the largest VFX houses in the UK. We also regularly meet with creative bodies such as Women in Games, Access VFX and The Creative Industries Federation. We host events at the campus, get free tickets to off-site events and generally have our nose to the ground. We can help you network with industry professionals, so you start making connections before you finish your degree.

 

The VFX Festival

The festival is well known throughout the industry as a celebration of the creative industries and a showcase of talent. By studying with us you will be at the heart of the festival with the chance to help out behind the scenes. Our successful Escapee graduates are often key speakers showcasing their latest blockbusters. There’s no better place to rub shoulders with the best of the industry, be inspired by award-winning work and get a glimpse into the inner workings of some of the world’s most successful creative giants. 

Check out thevfxfestival.com for the latest information.

Showreel Clinics

Your showreel is your digital CV and the way to show employers your best work. We hold regular showreel clinics to help you develop, critique and master your showreel. You will also be able to get feedback from tutors, students, Escapees and professionals to perfect your showreel. This is invaluable advice from the people who have years of experience in the industry and may one day be employing you. See our REEL TALK guide to get industry tips and advice: escapestudios.ac.uk/reeltalk

Make it your own

We encourage and welcome ideas from our students. Ultimately your feedback and participation will shape your experience at Escape Studios. We want to work with you so you leave with a killer showreel and CV packed with talking points. We work with our students to create unique opportunities that make them stand out.