Unlike the traditional 3-month apprenticeship, BIMS’s learn-and-work model requires students to rigorously engage with and contribute to their chosen industry throughout their academic experience.

Industry Events enable students to gain industry exposure and connect what they are learning in class to industry trends, while also building their professional networks. These events may include: Nairobi Film Festival, FilmAid, Nairobi Innovation Week. Students participate in a minimum of two events per term.

Work Placement enables students to use the skills they learn in class to produce professional products for our employer partners. Students are held to professional standards in terms of their attitude, behaviour and work quality. By the time students complete their final term of coursework, they will have completed eight short-term projects, equipping them with invaluable experience in their chosen field and an impressive portfolio of work to boot.

Students are always accompanied by a technical advisor (faculty member) or by a student affairs officer on these assignments – someone to provide supervision and direction and who can ensure that BIMS staff provide students with immediate feedback on their performance. Additionally, our Work Placements require employer partners to give direct feedback to BIMS and to individual students.

In their final term, students complete their required coursework, as well as a:

  • Professional Portfolio, which is supervised by a technical advisor and must be approved by a committee of industry professionals.
  • Project-Based Dissertation under the supervision by a technical advisor and approved by a committee of industry professionals.
  • Internship Placement, which requires students to be interviewed and hand-picked by employers for a four-month full time internship.