School of Arts and Cultures

Work Placements

Work Placements


Gain valuable work experience through placements in media, communication and cultural industries.

Placements let you to gain experience working in a museum, gallery or heritage organisation. You'll practice the skills, knowledge and understanding you've gained on your course.

Placements also increase your employability. You have the opportunity to develop the high-level skills required by potential employers:

  • interpersonal
  • team working
  • communication

Our Placement Manager will work with you to find the most suitable, productive and practical venue for your work placement. Find out what kinds of placements are available.

We have an established network of contacts within the sector in the UK and internationally. We offer approximately 100 placements each year. You can see a full list of our previous work placement venues.


Your tuition fee does not include accommodation, travel or visa costs incurred while on placement.

You are advised to consider the financial commitment when choosing your placement venue.

Become a placement host

We are very grateful to the museums, galleries and heritage venues that provide placement opportunities for our students.

If you are interested in hosting a placement or have questions about how the placement modules work, please contact the Placement Manager, Iain Wheeldon.


We can help you organise many types of placements. Some placements are closely associated with your course, and you can also arrange an overseas work placement.

We offer annual placements available with the BBC. We work closely with them to provide opportunities for students pursuing careers in media and broadcasting.

Our postgraduate Journalism students attend an assessed placement at the Press Association.

Our MA in Media and Public Relations provides strong links with industry. You can access valuable work experience opportunities.

You can do a 12 day or 30 day work placement on several of our courses:

Overseas Placements

We have a track record of successful work placements outside of the UK.

Some venues also operate their own internships or placement schemes. These include UNESCO and most North American organisations.

Placements outside of the UK are subject to the host country's visa restrictions and employment legislation. The Placement Manager will advise you, but you need to research these issues thoroughly beforehand.


Erasmus is a funding scheme that encourages exchange between participating countries. It funds periods of study or work placements overseas.

Erasmus-funded placements last a minimum of three months and are limited in number.

You need to submit an expression of interest at the beginning of the academic year. It is worth deciding whether you are interested in this before starting the course.

You can only take part if you are from an Erasmus-participating country. You can't apply if you've previously received Erasmus funding.

Previous work placement venues

See where previous work placement students have gained experience.

Art Museum and Gallery Studies

  • BALTIC, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
  • Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
  • Durham City Council Arts Development Team
  • Hatton Gallery
  • MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • National Centre for Craft and Design
  • National Glass Centre, Sunderland
  • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
  • Northern Print, Newcastle
  • Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, Gateshead
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear Museums, Sunderland
  • The Laing Art Gallery
  • University Gallery, University of Northumbria
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Word and Image Department, London

Heritage Studies

  • Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Durham World Heritage Site
  • Ford and Etal Estate, Northumberland
  • English Heritage
  • Fountains Abbey, The National Trust, Ripon
  • Gateshead City Council, Conservation Team
  • Gibside, The National Trust, Newcastle
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund, Newcastle
  • Historic Environment Section, Newcastle Civic Centre
  • Holy Jesus Hospital, The National Trust, Newcastle
  • North of England Civic Trust
  • Northumberland National Park Authority
  • Northern Architecture, Newcastle
  • York Archaeological Trust

Museum Studies

  • Beamish Open Air Museum, County Durham
  • Bede's World, Jarrow
  • The Bowes Museum, County Durham
  • Centre for Life, Newcastle
  • Discovery Museum, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle
  • Great North Museum, Newcastle University
  • Hartlepool Arts and Museums Service
  • The Light Dragoons Museum, Newcastle
  • Museum in Docklands / Museum of London, London
  • Museum of Stratigraphy, Knossos, Crete
  • Museum of Te Papa Tongaewera, New Zealand
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • The Oriental Museum, Durham
  • Portable Antiquities Scheme, Museum of Antiquities, University of Newcastle
  • Segedunum Roman Fort, Tyne and Wear Museums, North Tyneside
  • Seven Stories, Newcastle and Gateshead
  • Souter Lighthouse, The National Trust, Sunderland
  • South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, South Shields
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear Museums, Sunderland
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Word and Image Dept., London
  • York Castle Museum, York Museums Trust