Fine Art / Creative Art Practice

Working as an artist is no longer what it used to be. Today's graduates working in the arts industry are more likely to be designing, painting or selling an idea that belongs to someone else. Art means big business in the current marketplace. (Graduate Recruitment Bureau 2015)


What general employability skills do Fine Artist and Creative Art Practice graduates possess in addition to those specific to their particular discipline?  Typically, a graduate in these disciplines will have developed the transferable skills and abilities to: 

  • apply their learning in different contextual frameworks
  • generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and collaboratively in response to set briefs and self-initiated activity
  • use convergent and divergent thinking in observing, investigating, enquiring, visualising and making and to develop ideas through to material outcomes
  • manage the interaction between intention, process, outcome, context and dissemination
  • apply resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to their own practice or that of others
  • employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools with skill and imagination whilst observing good working practices
  • study independently, set goals, manage their own workloads and meet deadlines
  • anticipate and accommodate change, and handle ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity
  • analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation
  • identify personal strengths and needs
  • interact effectively with others through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation
  • articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms
  • present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations
  • source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information
  • select and employ communication and information technologies.

(Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2006)

Many of these skills you will have developed throughout the course of your study at university. Take the time to look through the list and try to think of an occasion when you have demonstrated these skills. Try to identify your weaknesses and consider how you might improve your profile.

Using the STAR structure will help you to reflect upon, identify and provide evidence for the whole range of skills you will have developed throughout your time at university, including work experiences such as internships, placements and voluntary or paid part-time work. 

Career Options

Fine Art and Creative Art Practice graduates often cross disciplines and they are well placed to be effective in all sectors of a knowledge based society due to their capacity for creative and analytical thought; this is something highly valued by a wide range of employment sectors. They are typically found in the media, marketing, public relations, arts administration or arts education. Specific roles include advertising art director, arts administrator, art therapist, exhibition designer, curator, teacher and visual merchandiser. They may work part-time as practitioners while fulfilling management and academic roles.

Job Descriptions

Below, is a list of job descriptions that are relevant to your field of study or interests. The following links provide useful information on what each role entails and the skills required for fulfilling the roles successfully. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:19