Are you a creative who likes coming up with ideas and turning them into arts and crafts?
Then a job in this sector might well suit you.
- One in 11 jobs are now in the creative economy. As this infographic shows, 8% of these are in the South West and 18% are in the South East, which includes Oxford, Thames Valley and Solent.
- Over 2.8 million people are employed in the creative industries - and this number has grown by nearly 14% since 2011.
- The creative industries are difficult to get into – highly competitive and always changing with new technology and ideas, so you will find that you’ll be choosing a career that is unpredictable and uncertain. For those who like routine and need a steady income, this may not be for you!
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and art & design will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification,
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others such as a jewellery design-maker where people usually do a Foundation Degree, degree or HND.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector go to Creative Choices: for careers in craft, design, heritage, jewellery, literature, music, acting, theatre, dance and visual arts.
- To find out what qualifications you need to study Art and Design in higher education.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to art that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to art, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to art at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to art.
Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
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