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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Working in Art & Design

Are you interested in embarking on a career in the arts?

What roles are available?

Artists & Illustrators: they may work through a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpting and digital. They sometimes create pieces in-house for an organisation, or get commissioned on a freelance basis.

Designers: such as Product Designers, Interior Designers and Fashion Designers. You could also specialise in a specific craft such as Glass Designers.

Tech-based: these include Animators who make moving creatives for television & video games, as well as Graphic Designers who create digital art for creatives such as adverts. In the online space, there are also roles such as Web Designers and Social Media Managers.

Art Historians: such as Art Administrators who are involved in the management of a cultural organisation, Buyers & Collectors, and Gallery & Museum Curators.


What skills do I need?

  • Analytical: You may enjoy researching different cultures, styles and trends.

  • Self-motivation: You're able to work independently when needed and set your own schedule. You are curious, imaginative and great at coming up with new ideas.

  • Problem-solving: You can creatively construct a product or piece that’s the right fit for its audience.

See more skills you may need for a creative job here.

What subjects should I take?

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You will get lots of opportunity to practice using different materials to communicate compelling ideas. By the end of your course, you’ll have built a diverse portfolio to evidence your skills.


You will study the processes which take a product from planning to manufacturing and construction. You will also learn how to create technical drawings and models.

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You will develop an understanding of how language can be utilised in different ways to convey meaning. It will also prepare you with skills for copywriting, referencing and marketing content.


Artists take inspiration from lots of places and come from incredibly diverse backgrounds. Previous experience in other areas like science and media could also give a unique spin to your work.

Uni or Apprenticeship?



Some students may need to complete a one-year foundation course to get onto an Art-related undergraduate course. You may also choose to study at a specialist college for your field, such as Escape Studios! There are also fully online courses available, such as through The Open College of Arts.

Roles available might include content creators, such as photographers and visual effects artists, or craft professions such as bookbinding and watchmaking.


You could also train to become a museum or gallery curator through a degree apprenticeship.

Top Tip

Many job and university applications will seek a creative portfolio— this could include projects you have done at school or for fun, in sketchbooks or online. Read more about applying to Art & Design opportunities here.

Other things to consider…

It's important to remember that art and design careers can be competitive and sometimes unpredictable. You need to be resilient, adaptable and dedicated.

That said, a career in this industry may allow you to create a new trend, work in a renowned historical institution, or even become a highstreet name…

You can browse the Art & Design Career Zone for more information