Work placements

Three people looking at a piece of art on a canvas in a gallery.

The optional module Placements in Context: Policy, Organisations and Practice is available to students on the following courses:

The module allows you to undertake a negotiated work placement with one of our many art gallery, museum or heritage partners in Leeds or further afield, to gain first-hand experience of contemporary museum and gallery practice.

We have close links with many of the major cultural institutions and organisations in the region, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore. If you have a particular ambition in mind for your placement, we usually try to find a role that suits you.

Throughout your placement, you will return to the classroom each week to consider key aspects of professional practice, in sessions which are frequently led by experienced museum staff.

Read about Hayley, Yan and Hanlun’s experiences with the Royal Armouries and East Street Arts.

Students have completed placements in organisations such as:

  • Leeds City Museum
  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Harewood House
  • Henry Moore Institute
  • National Science and Media Museum
  • York City Art Gallery
  • National Railway Museum
  • Impressions Gallery
  • The Tetley
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Lotherton Hall
  • Abbey House Museum
  • The Royal Armouries