Access Keys:

 
 
Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Career Opportunities

Reasons to choose Art and Design……………

 

Typical employers

There are opportunities in the creative industries, plus creative roles in various sectors including media and publishing, teaching and education, and marketing, advertising and PR. Employers include local councils, advertising agencies and design consultancies, educational institutions, and publishing or multimedia companies.

Self-employment is also a common option, particularly for those with experience and contacts. This may include designing and producing work for exhibitions, direct sales or through retail craft outlets. It can also involve working in an advisory or consultative capacity. For advice on setting up a business, see self-employment.

 

Skills for your CV

Art and design courses equip you with a combination of practical skills mixed with theory. Specific skills differ according to the art and design discipline, but the following transferable skills are common to all subject areas:

  • imagination, creativity and resourcefulness;
  • critical awareness of self and external factors and the ability to be reflective;
  • interpersonal and social skills;
  • an appreciation of diversity;
  • creative problem-solving and decision-making;
  • teamworking;
  • the ability to work independently;
  • oral and written communication;
  • visual presentation;
  • information and research;
  • self-motivation and self-management;
  • organisation and planning;
  • IT, particularly using creative software.

 

Further study

Some art and design graduates choose further study in an area related to their first degree or one that allows them to gain specific vocational, technical or specialist skills.

For those interested in self-employment, a business, finance, marketing or management course may be useful. These courses are also relevant for a range of roles in the creative and other industries.

Some art and design graduates choose to go into teaching and gain qualified teacher status through the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or the Scottish Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

 

What do art and design graduates do?

More than three-quarters of art and design graduates are in employment six months after graduating. A further 6% are in either full-time further study or a combination of work and study.

Of those in employment, 15% are graphic designers. Other professions in the top ten include marketing associate professionals, artists, clothing designers and interior designers.

Information taken from http://www.prospects.ac.uk, the UK’s official graduate careers website

 

 

Careers in Art & Design

Advertising

Anthropologist

Archaeologist

Architect

Art critic

Art gallery director

Art teacher

Artist

Artistic director

Cartographer

Director of photographer

Fashion designer

Industrial designer

Interior designer

Landscape architect

Landscape gardener

Museum curator

Occupational therapist

Photographer

Potter

Recreation officer

Sculptor

Stage designer

Textile designer

University/college lecturer

Visual arts/crafts teacher

Architectural draftsman

Art gallery assistant

Art gallery director

Cartoonist

Cinematographer

Conservator

Conservator

Desktop operator

Display artist

Film & TV camera operator

Film & TV editor

Graphic designer

Illustrator

Model maker

Museum technician

Naval architectural drafter

Scenic artist

Animator

Beauty therapist

Binder & finisher

Coppersmith

Silversmith

Costume maker

Dress maker

Embroider

Film & TV lighting operator

Furniture designer

Glass restorer

Graphic reproducer

Hairdresser

Jewellery designer

Makeup artist

Painter & decorator

Screen printer

Tailor

Wood carver

Calligrapher

Dyer

Engraver

Florist

Printer

Toy maker

Tracer

Weaver

Visual merchandiser

Desk top publisher

Animator

Film Director

And more......