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What can I do with my degree in Fine Art?

Fine Art careers

The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Fine Art students and graduates.

Fine Artist

Fine Artists usually specialise in a particular medium to create original pieces.  Disciplines include painting, sculpture and drawing and mediums can vary from paper to metal and far beyond.  Artists may work independently or on a commission basis.

Job profile of a Fine Artist on the Prospects website
Job profile of an Artist on the Creative & Cultural Skills website
Job profile of a Fine Artist on the All About Careers website
Job profile of a Fine Artist on the National Careers Service website

Concept Artist

Concept artists create sketches of characters or environments for use in computer games, films, videos etc. They work to project/client briefs.
Job profile of a Concept Artist on the Prospects website

 

Curator

A Curator manages collections of art work and/or historical artefacts. They are often involved with the acquisition and care of items. Curator roles can be varied, often involving marketing, events management, public relations and fundraising.
Job profile of a Museum/Gallery Curator on the Prospects website
Job profile of a Curator on the Target Jobs website
Job profile of a Curator on the Creative & Cultural Skills website

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers create images and lettering for use across various digital and print media from websites to magazines. This role combines technical skill and creativity as well as the ability to communicate clearly to work with clients.
Job profile of a Graphic Designer on the Target jobs website 
Job profile of a Graphic Designer on the National Careers Service website
Job profile of a Graphic Designer on the Prospects website

Illustrator

Illustrators use their creative skills to bring visual elements to a story. They may specialise in a particular medium such as digital illustration or drawing.
Job profile of an Illustrator on the Creative & Cultural Skills website
Job profile of an Illustrator on the National Careers Service website

Printmaker

Printmakers are involved with transferring images to a variety of surfaces using moulds and a variety of different techniques. Techniques vary from traditional craft-based methods to more modern computer-generated design.
Job profile of a Printmaker on the Prospects website
Job profile of a Printmaker on the All About Careers website

Set Designer

Set Designers work in film, television and/or theatre creating the set in collaboration with other members of a production crew. Clear communication and creativity are essential for this role.
Job profile of a Set Designer on the Prospects website 
Job profile of a Set Designer on the Target Jobs website
Job profile of a Productions Designer on the Prospects website

Teacher

There are opportunities to teach art in secondary schools, further education colleges and also primary schools.
Graduate jobs in teaching and education on the Prospects website 
Get Into Teaching website from the Department for Education - explains the various routes into teaching

University Lecturer

As well as teaching through lectures and seminars, academic staff in higher education also carry out research and a wide range of administrative and pastoral tasks. Although a teaching qualification is not required, you will need a higher degree, normally a PhD. Competition is strong for entry-level academic posts.

Job profile of a higher education lecturer on the Prospects website
Job profile of a higher education lecturer on the TARGET Jobs website

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For a range of additional visual arts careers, visit Creative and Cultural Skills
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some Fine Art roles may be self-employed

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

 

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019