Careers and employability
From day one, DMU students are developing the skills and attitudes they need to help them get the great jobs they want – and it works. DMU was rated as No.1 for graduate employability and in the top three for teaching excellence among UK universities in a preliminary study of teaching quality by the Times Higher Education magazine.
Some 95 per cent of DMU undergraduates are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course, compared to a national average of 93 per cent, and 97 per cent of DMU postgraduates are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course.
DMU graduates have won Oscars and Emmy awards; include the photographer to A-list stars; and have designed landmark buildings, and shoes for The Duchess of Cambridge and clothes for Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Beyoncé. Successful DMU graduates have gone on to work at world-leading companies such as Warner Bros, HSBC, Nike, KPMG, BBC, Gucci, Abercrombie & Fitch, BMW, Levi’s, NASA, Disney, IBM and Adidas.
DMU courses are designed to provide the skills and experience employers look for and include placements and projects set by leading companies. Students boost their job prospects, enrich their studies and broaden their horizons by signing up to #DMUglobal, DMU’s flagship international experience programme. Many DMU courses are accredited by professional bodies.
As part of DMU’s continuing support for student employability, the Employability Award will provide £100 to every eligible student to help towards the costs of securing employment. We also have an online careers service, MyGateway.
Making their mark
DMU graduates go on to do all sorts of remarkable things. Design graduate Ben Frost is a triple Oscar winner, completing his hat-trick in 2017 after Zootopia was named Best Animated Feature.
Ben is Disney’s effects lead, playing a key role in making the outstanding computer-generated visuals in the studio’s multi-million pound blockbusters. He graduated from DMU with a BA in Multimedia Design in 2005, now Animation/ Animation (VFX). You can read about Ben’s amazing continued success here.
DMU graduate Andy Gotts MBE photographs the world’s biggest stars, including recently George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Tom Hiddlestone, Eddie Redmayne, Kylie, Rita Ora and Hugh Jackman. Andy graduated from DMU's Photography Master's course in 2007 and you can see some of Andy’s brilliant images here.
Fashion Retail Buying graduate Lizze Leary set up online shoe retailer Kindred Sole with help from DMU’s entrepreneur scheme,
|Beyoncé wore Fashion graduate Nichole de Carle to the Grammys, |and, Contour Fashion graduate Hannah Thomas landed her dream job at Abercrombie & Fitch,| after impressing the company with her lingerie designs.
Business Administration graduate Bijna Dasani now has vice-president at Deutsche Bank on her CV and Law graduate Ben Mansford can say he was once the youngest boss in Championship football after taking over the helm at Barnsley FC.
In 2017, our news feed has featured Creative Music Technology graduate Kieran Kaye living his dream in New York; Mechanical Engineering graduate Sharon Suresh Kumar fast-tracking her career by securing an exhilarating job at Ricardo, a global designer and manufacturer of high performance sports cars; and Yihan Zhu, who landed a full-time job at a top banking company before graduating with her Master of Business Administration MBA (Global) degree.
Many more are poised to make their mark on the world, success stories we help shape and look forward to sharing here.