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Design masters students offered Sky Internships

May 18th, 2018

Students presenting at Sky

We are delighted to announce that a number of students on our MA Design programme have been selected to undertake internships with Sky, Europe’s largest media company.

Four students were successfully selected out of fifteen students currently studying our newly created optional module “Digital and Interactive Design Solutions”, which aims to bridge the gap between university study and careers in industry, specifically within the field of user experience design.

As part of their work on this module, students created individual projects analysing two of Sky’s largest television channels: Sky News and Sky Sports, by looking at product vision, user testing and User Interface design. The projects were presented to University staff as well representatives from Sky who selected four winning students who will now go onto complete internships with the company, enabling them to gain highly valuable experience within industry.  Jimmy Adams, Design Manager for Sky said “There have been some really interesting ideas and nice works, far better than what we expected. We learnt something we did not know from the students.”

The module enables students to work closely with industry, gaining insight into the various design roles that exist within companies. Student Anqi Li said “I learnt not only the skills but also how the team worked behind the project. Getting involved with the whole process really helped me to understand interactive design a lot.”

The module is convened by Dr Dian LI, a lecturer in graphic design, and she was very pleased with the outcome of the module and hopes it can develop further in the future. She says “user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design have high demands in jobs and to discover the right set of talents is difficult for both employers and academia. This was the first year running the module, however it has been proved to be successful, especially in terms of filling the “gap” between industry and design education.”

We continue to look for opportunities to work closely with industry in order to enhance our student experience and to prepare graduates for employment after their course.

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