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Typical Annual Salaries
|Junior Designer||£14,000 – £25,000|
|Senior Designer||£25,000 – £45,000|
|Photographer||£10,500 – £21,250|
|Community Arts Worker||£13,000 – £25,000|
|Jewellery Designer||£16,000 – £20,000|
|Museum/Gallery Curator||£26,500 – £30,000|
|Printmaker||£16,000 – £19,000|
|Art Therapist||£25,500 – £34,200|
|Architect||£15,000 – £80,000|
|Animator||£12,000 – £26,000|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- The creative arts sector can be divided into various industries: advertising, craft, cultural heritage, design, fashion, film entertainment, literature, music, performing arts, photography, TV & radio and visual arts.
- With more small to medium-sized business, competition for jobs in the sector is very high, with 85% of companies employing fewer than four people, 14% employing 5 to 50 people and only 1% employing more than 50 people (Creative and Cultural Industries 2012/13 reports).
- There are, however, examples of large well-established organisations including; Advertising: Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Ogilvy Group. Crafts: Crafts Council. Cultural heritage: National Museum of Wales. Film: Ealing studios, Working Title.
- Advertising and Marketing Communications
This pathway leads to careers such as advertising executive, brand manager, media planner, communications officer and marketing communications roles. You will study A Level English Language or Literature and two other A level subjects. Subjects such as business studies, maths/statistics, media studies and sociology are recommended. For more design-related roles within marketing communications, graphic design, photography or other art and design subjects would be useful.
For students interested in careers as an architect, architectural technician, architectural CAD technician, architectural technologist or surveyor. You will choose one A level subject from each of the following areas; Technical: Maths or Physics. Humanities: Geography or Modern History. Art: Fine Art or Graphic Design.
- Artist / Illustrator / Designer
This broad pathway will interest those aspiring for a number of creative careers in the art world as professional artists and designers either. You may work independently as a freelancer or for organisations which employ artists and designers such as advertising agencies and the media. You will study two Art and Design A levels from Art Craft & Design, Art (Fine), Art (Graphic Design), Art (Photography) or Art (Textiles) with one other A level or single BTEC choice. There are many opportunities to exhibit and even sell artwork throughout this course. Alternatively, you will study BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design (Triple). There are many opportunities to exhibit and even sell artwork throughout this course.
- Arts / Heritage Management
This route is relevant for those who are especially interested in the promotion and management of visual arts e.g as a gallery manager, museum or gallery curator, conservator art or fashion historian art buyer or arts education manager. You will study at least one A level art or design subject. Other useful A levels for these routes include business studies, English language or literature, history, ancient history (classics). Science A levels are useful for art conservation.
- Fashion Design and Promotion
This pathway leads to many fashion related careers including design, printmaking, fashion promotion, theatrical design, retail management, fashion journalism and fashion buying. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Fashion and Clothing (Double) with another A level or single BTEC course. Business-related courses are useful. There are many opportunities to exhibit and even sell fashion pieces throughout this course.
- Graphic Design
This pathways leads to a wide range of careers within the graphic design industry, designing materials for both print and digital media. We recommend A Level Art (Graphic Design) with A Level Art (Photography) or A Level Fine Art and one other A level. Alternatively, the BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design (Triple) offers an excellent route into this area.
- Industrial / Product Design
This pathway leads to careers working in a huge range of design roles for manufacturing companies in sectors such as engineering, packaging and construction. We recommend A Level Art (Graphic Design) and two other A Level courses (or BTEC equivalent). Courses such as A Level Electronics, BTEC ICT and A Level Electronics are particularly relevant.
- Multimedia and Web Design
Careers as a multimedia programmer, multimedia specialist, web designer, ap designer web analyst and E-commerce manager are examples that this pathway leads to. BTEC Level 3 in IT (Double or Triple) and one or two other courses. A Level Art (Graphic Design) and Electronics are recommended.
- Photography / Photojournalism
This pathway leads to employment as a photographer with a wide variety of future specialisms such as portrait, news, sports and advertising photography. You will study A Level (Art) Photography and two other A Level courses (or BTEC equivalent). You may wish to include another art and design subject such as (Art) Graphic Design. For photojournalism A Level English Language or Literature or Media Studies are good choices.
- Textile Design / Interior Design
This route is relevant for those who want to apply their artistic skills to the design of textiles, furnishings and building interiors. You will study A Level (Art) Textiles or alternatively BTEC Fashion and Clothing (Double). Other relevant courses for this programme would be business and science subjects.