Literature, Film and theatre studies

Career prospects

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Your future starts here

What kind of job can I get? What skills will I gain? What opportunities will I have? A degree from our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies can lead to many exciting career pathways.

What kind of job will I be able to get?

  • Public relations
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Journalism
  • Filmmaking and production
  • Cinematographer
  • Film critic
  • Publishing
  • Directing
  • Stage production
  • Technical theatre management
  • Applied theatre
  • Performance
  • Screenwriting
  • Novelist
  • Freelancing

How will you support my career development?

In your first year the module “Writing in Society: The Art of Communication” looks at the skills which each of our subjects develops and gives them context within the professional world. Through the assignments you will develop key employment skills such as teamwork, self-assessment and you will be given guidance on writing your CV.

Former graduates and other experts are invited to give presentations on the careers they built on the back of their degrees from within the creative subjects. You can also choose to include a Placement Year within your degree. We’ll help you to find a relevant opportunity and ensure that you make the most of a great chance to improve your career prospects.

What are my opportunities?

Our Student Services Hub is on hand to help you find placements and internships – and offers a lot more besides. It provides an on-campus job shop, one-to-one careers advice, hosts workshops on employability skills, and offers support if you want to start your own business. You can also sign up for the Big Essex Award, which identifies the skills you’ve developed over the course of your studies and records your achievements on your degree transcript.

The Employability and Careers Centre also runs Careers’ Fairs throughout the year and there are further opportunities to develop your skills with a number of Student’s Union societies, such as broadcasting with Rebel Media, Theatre Arts, Film, Writing and Public Speaking.

At Essex we run a unique internal internship scheme. Frontrunners offers our students the opportunity to work within a University department or team. As well as giving you the chance to earn alongside your studies, a Frontrunner internship will develop your professional skills and prepare you for the world of work. 

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme is ideal for students who want to explore life in academia. It offers applicants the chance to assist our academics on a current research project. Once again, as well as developing your research skills these research placements are fully paid.

The Essex Students’ Union also offers you the opportunity to grow your CV as a volunteer with a wide variety of organisations. Our students have volunteered at Colchester Zoo, local healthcare settings and schools, festivals and foodbanks.

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“You need to be prepared to use and develop other areas of expertise, like IT skills, customer service, promotion, managing budgets and so on, to serve and promote your main area of authority, whether that’s writing, filmmaking or the performing arts. Your early career experiences help you to collect the building blocks of a portfolio-style career, which will call on your different strengths at different times."
Dr Annecy Lax playwright, theatre producer and Senior lecturer in drama

Our graduates

We're proud of the journeys our graduates are on. From the opportunities they've experienced and the variety of career paths they have embarked upon, our graduates are sharing their stories with us.

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Career support for life

You don't need to have your future all planned out. Our Careers Services offer friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice to students and graduates.

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