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Arts & crafts

Getting in

Do you like designing and making things? Do you enjoy coming up with new ideas?

Then a job in arts and crafts might suit you. 

Key facts

  • The arts and crafts industry generates £46 million for the UK economy. It employs over 50 000 in over 11500 businesses. You could be working for a furniture maker employing 70 people or be self employed making jewellery. 
  • This sector is likely to have more jobs in the future and these are less likely to be replaced by automation.
  • From stone to textiles, from glass to wood there are hundreds of different jobs in arts and crafts and you can see all of these in the Craft's Council's recent info-graphic.

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels. The Craft Council has put together a handy 'get into guide' which explains all the routes and qualifications.

  • GCSEs in English, maths and art & design will help get you into this sector. 
  • At 16 you could do A Levels in Arts subjects such as Art and design, photography, textiles or product design or you could do a vocational course at college such as the UAL Diploma in Art and Design or Fashion and textiles.
  • At 18, after A levels or a level 3 course in Art and Design you could do a free one year Art Foundation course at college to develop your design and craft skills to decide which area you want to focus on at university.
  • After this you could progress on to university to either do a general course such as 3- D design crafts degree or you could specialise in an area such as ceramics or textiles.
  • There are also arts and craft apprenticeships that you maybe able to get into at 16 or 18 and learn on the job.The Craft Council's 'get into guide' has useful tips about finding apprenticeships.

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

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