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Student placements in Leeds don't get much better

15 December 2022

There are many opportunities for student placements in Leeds. And we might be biased, but we think a student’s time at Dynamic is well-spent. But it’s not about us; it’s about the students. Now that this year’s digital media placement students are halfway through their time at Dynamic, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the impact they’ve made in such a short space of time.

This year, we’ve had three student placements in total, two junior creative developers and one junior creative media designer. So their presence has been felt right across the business. And they’ve helped to deliver some excellent elearning solutions.

Let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to.

A photo of Aman

Aman Ali.

Junior Creative Developer.

“Firstly, I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Dynamic. I’ve enjoyed being part of the team, working on a variety of interesting projects. Not to mention learning loads of new things. Moreover, getting hands-on with all manner of software to broaden my skill set has been brilliant.”

Humphrey Harris-Burton.

Junior Creative Media Designer.

“My time at Dynamic has been insightful, to say the least. As a result, I’ve learnt and experienced so much about the industry already. As well as advancing my knowledge and skills with a broad range of design tools for multiple pieces of software.”

A photo of Humphrey
A photo of John

John Bellingall.

Junior Creative Developer.

“It’s been great working on various small and big scale projects for clients who require very distinct final results. Whilst there are many student placements in Leeds, mine has provided a very diverse workplace where I’m always learning new skills. It’s also great to work with such supportive people who are always happy to help and interested in the ideas I bring to the table.”

Aman Ali.

“I’m from Leeds and I study Creative Media Technology at Leeds Beckett University. Currently I’m working as a junior creative developer for Dynamic.

Firstly, what I’m looking forward to is learning and building on the skills I’ve already learnt for the rest of my placement.

However, I still have so much more to learn but, in particular, I can’t wait to get hands on with more of the ‘geeky’ stuff. Out of all the student placements in Leeds I could have chosen, I’m pretty chuffed with this.”

A still of Aman featuring in a scenario for one of the elearning modules
Examples of websites developed by Aman in three different devices. Mac, laptop and phone

What have you enjoyed the most?

I’ve especially enjoyed creating webpages using WordPress and the Elementor plugin.

The amount of options and controls it gives you really blew my mind! It’s changed the way I look at developing web content. I’ve been that impressed with the software that I even took the time to explore it some more in my free time.

Can you think of a favourite skill you’ve developed?

I’ve definitely gotten better at thinking outside the box and improving my creativity. Initially, I struggled to think of new designs to bring content to life. However, being surrounded by a team of creative individuals has helped me to approach things differently.

I’ve now worked on numerous client projects with many different brands, colours and approaches. So being able to make content that’s visually appealing and also consistent with that client’s brand has been great.

A still image of Aman's GIF.

What advice would you give to someone who's considering a student placement in Leeds?

The advice I would give to someone who’s considering a placement is to 100% go for it! I’ve had the opportunity to explore what I enjoy doing. At Dynamic, you’re not confined to the limits of your job description, but get to work on various other projects and skills that you want to gain experience in.

I’ve designed screens, built web pages, featured in film shoots, recorded audio and edited videos. And I’ve even completed 3D work using Cinema 4d. It’s great for someone who enjoys being creative and wants to work out what they want to do in their career.

Aman recently developed two new modules. He took some nice designs and did an excellent job of bringing the modules to life.

The client was really impressed, and said she was in awe of the creativity and skill to turn a few PowerPoint slides into something so impactful and professional. He was efficient with the build and clearly did a marvellous job.
- Pete Johnson, Project Manager
A still of Aman featuring in a scenario for one of the elearning modules

Humphrey Harris-Burton.

Nottingham is my home town, and I moved to Leeds to study Creative Media Technology at Leeds Beckett University. Currently I’m working as a junior creative media designer for Dynamic.

What I’m looking forward to most is learning more in general by advancing my skill set and experience even further. This will broaden my overall knowledge and understanding of the industry.

What have you enjoyed the most?

I’ve enjoyed going on film shoots the most as it was something completely different that I’d not experienced before starting this placement. The editing process for green screen footage is great, too. And then applying that to a motion graphic or illustrative environment is also great experience.

Examples of screen designs produced by Humphrey shown on a Mac, Laptop and Tablet.

What's the favourite skill you’ve developed?

Most recently I’ve learnt how to rotoscope. Which is a really useful tool to help in the process of keying out a subject. This is a skill which has benefitted me and my workflow when editing raw footage.

What advice would you give to someone who's considering a placement?

My advice would be if you’re considering it, definitely do it. I think it’s crazy how much I’ve learnt already, and I’m barely halfway through my placement. It’s definitely going to put me in such a good position for when I return to university. And that’s just from the amount of experience gained and work ethic I’ve developed.

A still image of Aman's GIF.
I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Humphrey on a few projects since he started his placement with Dynamic and have been very impressed. He’s has been easy to work with, is quick to understand the brief and his quality of work is of a high standard. Humphrey’s biggest piece of work for me has been the creation of a motion graphic video for one of the UK's largest care providers. After reviewing the first version of the motion graphic, I fed back my thoughts and made some suggestions for improvement. In the second version, Humphrey exceeded my expectations. Not only did he make the suggested updates, he took it to another level, producing something I knew the client would be very happy with.
- David Pryde, Project Manager

John Bellingall.

I’m originally from Brazil and moved to the UK to study Digital Media at the University of Leeds. Currently, I’m doing my year in industry with Dynamic as a junior creative developer.

Considering how much I’ve improved as a creative developer, and the technical skills I’ve gained so far, I’m looking forward to the next few months. It’ll be great to see the skills I’ll further improve or gain by the time my placement ends. Additionally, it will be very rewarding to look back and see all the different projects I’ve been a part of and all the clients I had the pleasure to work for.

A still of John featuring in a scenario for one of the elearning modules
Example of a module John has built using one of the responsive authoring tools. The examples in the image are shown in a Mac, tablet and phone.

What have you enjoyed the most?

The variety of projects has been a highlight while working here. Different clients require different approaches to achieve what they need with Dynamic. Some have a more serious approach, which can be a challenge on how to still make it engaging for the user. Others have a creative approach. This allows us to experiment with filmmaking, virtual reality or even game development. The diverse level of projects means that I’m always learning new skills as a creative developer and thinking of creative solutions to achieve the best possible results.

Can you tell us your favourite skill you’ve developed?

The projects I’ve worked on so far have required me to learn multiple different authoring tools – I’ve worked with Evolve, Rise, Gomo and Storyline. However, on top of all the technical skills I’ve gained, a skill that I’ve definitely developed is working with a client. Often, the final product you envisage contradicts that of the client. In short, working for a client means learning how to overlook your personal preferences and adhere to achieve, ultimately, the best possible version you can make of what your client desires.

A still image of John's GIF.

What advice would you give to someone who's considering a placement?

Ultimately, I would definitely recommend every student who is considering a placement to do one. University is essential to get you academically knowledgeable and to give you that first step in professional-looking work – it’s important to train your critical thinking and research skills. However, I believe that the experience and skills I’ve gained (and am yet to gain) this year alone are priceless and, overall, more importantly, for my professional future at university.

John has quickly settled into his development role and has worked on some really comprehensive projects. He is great to work with as he has a fabulous attitude and can extend ideas about how certain content or interactions might best be presented. Moreover, he has a keen creative eye and a really flexible skill set, allowing him to work with confidence in all aspects of the material creation process.
- Lisa Johnson, Projects Director

Our placement opportunities

To sum up, at Dynamic, we invest in our team and our placement scheme is a huge part of this. Consequently, we’ve been running the scheme for over 15 years and many of our placement students still work at Dynamic today. It’s our aim to showcase the amazing opportunities that a career in elearning can offer and encourage people that Dynamic is the right place to learn, develop and kickstart their career in a creative, digital workplace.

Want to find out more about the placement opportunities at Dynamic? Head over to our placement page for more information.

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