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Placements – University of Reading

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  • Gain professional experience and contacts

    Benefit from our partnerships and work-place connections


Gain real-world experience,  strengthen your portfolio,  and raise your profile by taking part in exhibitions, events and work placements.

In today's highly competitive art world you need more than just a qualification to get ahead. Professional experience and a network of contacts are now essential if you are going to succeed in the creative world.

Alongside your core studies, we regularly promote opportunities to work with different artists and designers and to host events and externally-facing exhibitions - both locally and internationally. Completing a placement or collaborating on a project will give you an invaluable taste of the professional art world and may introduce you to a network of artists, venues and potential patrons.

"Being at Reading definitely gave me a world of opportunity and a taste for travel. With my grades, both at home and internationally, some hard work, and all the opportunities and support given to me by the amazing Reading School of Art, I am now a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and am in America studying my MFA at Boston a University."

Alia Coleman, BA Art & History of Art, studied abroad at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and took part in in an exhibition in Seoul as part of our Asian Universities network.

Work placements

Placements take many forms and can range from a few weeks to a couple of months over the summer break in a local or internation. Past students have:

  • completed an internship at Studio Voltaire and the Frieze Art Fair
  • performed at  the ICA
  • taken part in an Arts Council-supported film project at the Museum of English Rural Life
  • participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea
  • assisted a curator at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL)
  • assisted in developing work for a Reading International exhibition

"Art is taught differently in every country and being able to work in different environments means I have improved in areas where I would normally lack skill. Also learning to adapt to different places and still make successful art is a challenge which has massively improved my overall practice."

Sarah Coe, BA Art, studied abroad at Rhode Island University and took part in the Wuhan exchange.


ArtLab is a dedicated art and technology facility whose purpose is to support outreach and widening participation in the arts.


Student mentors working with ArtLab


 ArtLab offer a six-week placement to a group of Reading School of Art students each year. You will  work on collaborative research projects with a wide range of children from different social backgrounds in local primary and secondary schools, colleges and charities.

This placement gives you the opportunity to develop a range of hands-on skills, including  planning and idea development; devising practical learning activities; experimenting with new equipment and technologies and facilitating practical workshops.

Creative connections

As a student at the Reading School of Art you have access to our high profile alumni network of practicing artists and curators.  We are also part of a network of universities who offer students small scale placements, exhibitions, events and professional projects. 

In the past, our partnership with the ICA has provided students with internships and the use of their exhibition space.


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