What do employers say about UCA students and graduates?
Claire Burns, Creative Visual Merchandiser, Whistles:
"We took on two UCA students on a three-month placement, working alongside the visual merchandising team at Whistles. Lauren and Sammy showed such drive and passion during their placements, tackling challenges and a heavy workload with positivity and willingness, and their questions and thought processes demonstrated the professional skills they have learnt on their UCA course.
"The skills that Lauren and Sammy had learned across the whole fashion industry really benefited our visual merchandising team – they became very much relied upon, leaving a huge void when their placements had finished. We’re looking forward to having more UCA students on work placements with us this year.”
Damiano Polcaro, Creative Director, Something Big (Communications Agency):
"Our agency has recruited five UCA graduates over the last ten years – covering a range of skills and experience, with two now sitting on our senior creative team. What is common in all of them is a creative mindset that has helped them push boundaries, excite our clients, look at innovative ways to answer design challenges and ultimately help us grow as a business.
"When looking for new talent at all levels, I know that a UCA graduate will be a great candidate, not just because of the skills and expertise honed on their course, but also in the creative way they approach a problem."
Guy Hollaway, Principal Partner at Guy Hollaway Architects, London:
"We've successfully employed architecture graduates year-on-year from UCA, where we have found the students to be creative, talented and ready to continue learning."