Talent Development

We know from our hundreds of industry contacts that your employability in Animation, GamesVFX and Business goes far beyond having just a degree. A killer showreel or portfolio? Absolutely. An Artstation account? Of course! Talent Development covers that and so much more. With studio professionals meeting our students on various occasions throughout the year, our Talent Development programme is dedicated to getting you not only studio ready, but ready to gain and handle your interview through to getting and staying in the job.  

In the last academic year, over 1,889,475 students* graduated in the UK. There’s never been more reason to stand out from the crowd. And that’s where we come in.  

*HESA, Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2019/20 - Qualifications achieved. 

More than a degree

At Escape Studios, you’ll get more than a degree. Our Talent Development team will help you shine as a true professional. By taking advantage of the events and workshops we offer you the chance to:

  • Learn the ultimate showreel and portfolio practices from the best studios around as well as tailoring your CV and maximising your LinkedIn profile
  • Get exposure to employers through internship opportunities, Lunch n’ Learn sessions, industry days, Bubl projects and study abroad opportunities
  • Network with industry professionals, artists, directors and recruiters from Animation, Games, Visual Effects and Business
  • Cover all bases in starting your career – from must-haves to your application being noticed    
  • Gain invaluable insight into working life and what’ll be expected of you Enjoy a taste of your first industry interview and grow from essential feedback with mock interviews
  • Meet the our alumni who’ve been there and are keen to help you
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Here's a taste of what to expect

Alongside your artistic and technical studies, you’ll have access to a whole host of events, workshops, resources and unique opportunities to build your career from day one. 

Careers Concierge

Aside from our events, you’ll have direct access to the Talent Development Team. Providing one-to-one advice throughout your time at Escape Studios. We offer advice on recommended viewing, reading and organisations worth joining. You’ll also hear from us whenever an appropriate internship or opportunity is sent our way from friends of Escape Studios.

Lunch 'n Learn Events

Enjoy a lunch on us whilst learning from and networking with industry speakers. From secrets to nailing the perfect CV, to what makes CEOs tick, there's something for every student.

Bubl

Bubl is our own virtual live experience platform where you can connect with many of the different startups and SMEs we engage with. They consistently post ‘live’ challenges and are looking to engage with you – you can test out your developing knowledge and potentially bag yourself an internship as well!  

Bubl , it is where talent meets opportunity. 

Access to the Talent Development Portal

Through our Talent Development centre, you’ll have access to a range of resources you’ll need to get started in your career. It’s packed with interactive tools, e-learning content and company profiles. It is designed to help you improve the professional skills needed to navigate today's job market and move your career forward with confidence, whether you are searching for your first role or going through a career change. You’ll also be able to catch up on all the webinars you’ve missed – even those before you joined Escape Studios!

Friends of Escape Studios/Industry Visits

We work with studios big and small across the creative landscape as well as SMEs, Charities and Corporates within the business world and their input to our Talent Development programme is what keeps us up to date and relevant. We also regularly meet with creative bodies such as Women in Games, Access VFX and The Creative Industries Federation and work closely with the Westminster Business Council.We host events at the campus, get free tickets to off-site events and generally have our finger on the pulse. We can help you network with industry professionals, so you start making connections before you finish your degree.

Showreel and Portfolio Clinics

For our Animation, VFX and Games Students, a showreel or portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate to studios what you’re capable of - ideally showcasing your best work in two minutes. As a student, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to benefit from tutor reviews of your creations. To complement this, we run sessions with studios to give you invaluable feedback on your work. See our REEL Talk Guide to get industry tips and advice.

Internships

Internships are a brilliant way to test out different roles and career paths, enabling you to develop key skills and to gain experience and confidence, so that you stand out from the crowd ahead of graduation.

Every year, our students intern at a range of different companies, from large studios to small start-ups. We have a dedicated internship team that are here to help you find a role that is a great match for your skills and career aspirations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Internship Success Stories

“Having met the founders of Yield at a networking event, I was excited to be offered the role of Marketing Executive a week later. I never expected to still be working for Yield a year later, having now worked in various roles including brand management, sales and running the social media platforms. Having the opportunity to pitch to companies such as Virgin Atlantic has massively improved my confidence. I look forward to continuing my journey at Yield as their new Influencer Marketing and Partnerships Manager.”  -

Tom - Marketing Intern at Yield

“It was exciting to secure a 6-week summer internship at BBC Studios. I applied through Bright Network and then went through the rigorous recruitment process at the BBC. I had the opportunity to work on real projects, such as generating performance reports and data analysis on key accounts, as well as identifying areas for improvement and growth. Although challenging, this role provided me with great exposure to the industry and helped develop my skills as a professional.”

June - EMEA Sales and Distribution Intern at BBC Studios

“I worked as a Legal Intern at SIPS, a Hong Kong based specialist intellectual property law firm. I was responsible for carrying out bad faith searches on some of the biggest fashion brands including Balenciaga, Zara and LVMH. I worked closely with the managing partner to find solutions to the firm’s marketing issues and learned a great deal about the basics of IP work. Working for a commercial law firm was very inspiring and has pushed me to want to pursue a career in the competitive and fast-paced world of commercial law.”

Lisandra - Finance Intern at Pearson