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Careers

Liverpool Screen School

Liverpool Screen School: Careers support 

We'll equip you with the skills you need to succeed.

Our qualifications open doors and once you have graduated you'll be able to pursue your chosen career. In this section we show you the types of career that may be available to you if you study with the Liverpool Screen School. You can also find out what some of our former students are up to now.

Possible careers

  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Artistic director
  • TV screen writer
  • Director
  • Community art practitioner                                             
  • Actor
  • Author
  • Digital content producer
  • Designer
  • Radio producer
  • Teacher                                                        

Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there are lots of other careers you could go into having graduated as a Liverpool Screen School student.

Our employability rates

Our employability rates are very good:

  • 80% Drama students are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • 80% Film Studies students are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • 80% Creative Writing students are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • 90% Journalism students are in work or further study six months after graduation
  • Media Production students are in work or further study six months after graduation

Gain work experience at PULSS

Liverpool Screen School’s Production Unit (PULSS) organises work opportunities for students from Liverpool Screen School. Opportunities take many forms and are often paid, with some instances leading to longer assignments, paid internships and employment after graduation. Find out more about the Production Unit.

How we'll help you achieve your dream career

Here are just a few ways we'll help you to secure a fantastic career:

We'll provide you with relevant work placements

All of our programmes offer you the chance to secure a work placement, many of which are paid. Previously, students have completed placements with organisations such as the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Juice FM, Radio City, Hurricane Films, Nine Lives Media and Lime Pictures.

We'll help you take part in industry-run competitions

Our academics are actively engaged within their field, which means they are aware of industry-run opportunities that could enhance your career. For example, recently our students took part in ITV’s Northern Lights project, which saw students attend employment focused workshops that were run by ITV personnel.

We'll organise industry relevant field trips

As one of our students you will get the opportunity to go on field trips that will give you valuable insight into your industry. Previously, we have visited LA productions, the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio, the Liverpool Film Office, as well as attending regular events at Media City.

We'll encourage you to collaborate with students from other disciplines

You will find making use of other students’ skills and expertise invaluable when you come to complete your own projects. If you’re a Screenwriting student for example, you might want to work with our Drama students.

We'll organise extracurricular activities

We provide opportunities outside of lectures and tutorials to help our students enhance their knowledge, skills, and experience. As a Liverpool Screen School student you could get involved in:

• Our Film Makers Club

• Our Journalism Society

• Our film screenings

• Our master classes

• Our student-run magazine, In The Red

We embed practical industry experience within our courses

Our programmes have been designed to ensure you gain the skills you need to succeed in your field. For example, this video was created by two of our Media Production students, Marc Jennings and Emily Hardy, as part of their final year project.

We'll invite experts to share their advice with you

We regularly invite experts to deliver talks and share their advice with our students. For example, our Creative Writing students have been visited by a variety of guests, such as Jimmy McGovern, Ian McMillan, Jackie Kay and Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at ITV and it wasn't just about being shown around and given a tour of different places, but about meeting senior executives at ITV that make it what it is today.

Katlun Abdillahi, Journalism student

Profile: Ida was a Journalism student at Liverpool John Moores University when she created a social media storm with her picture of foggy Liverpool.

Since graduating, Ida has worked as a journalist and has recently set up a media company called Mathilde Media.

Here’s Ida’s story: "I took the picture on my IPhone 4S about 11.30 in the morning, as there was fog everywhere. Within hours there were more than a thousand people who were posting the image on Twitter and Facebook.

"I posted it on Instagram with a link to Twitter, and that's when it took off. People started posting the picture without crediting me. When I posted it on Facebook, it went crazy. I responded to about a thousand tweets in four hours replying to people who said what a great picture it was."

Notable alumni

Actors
  • Claire Foy: The Crown, Wolf Hall, Little Dorritt, Season of the Witch, The Promise
  • Oliver Mellor: Coronation Street
  • Ruari Connahan: National Theatre
Television and radio
  • Alex Brooker: The Last Leg
  • Lorraine Charker: BBC producer
  • Neil Jones: Coronation Street
Playwrights and TV screen writers
  • Caroline Aherne: The Royle Family
  • Andrea Earl: The Bill and Casualty
  • Heather Robson: Brookside and Hollyoaks
  • Gemma Twells: Soho Core Writer
Artistic Directors
  • Filip and Lucy Fiori: Ullaloom
  • Mark Smith: Spike Theatre
  • Elinor Randle: Tmesis Theatre
Authors
  • James Rice: author of Alice and the Fly
  • Jon Gale and Michael Nolan's: The Blame. Jon Gale also wrote Albion
  • Aaron Dembski-Bowden: Night Lords