So you have an artistic flair?  So you think you can turn your ideas in to a painting, an exhibition, some jewellery or even the next sky-scraper?  With more than 8500 job openings between 2014 and 2024 in Wales, what are you waiting for?  A career in design, arts and crafts could be for you.  Find out about the jobs, skills needed, courses and more!

There are predicted to be 25% 
more graphic designers in 2024
than in 2014, with 1367 job openings.

(Working Futures, 2014-2024)

of visual artists in Wales
worked part time in 2012-13
(Creative and Cultural Skills,

Nearly 79%
of craft workers in Wales work as sole traders
(Arts Council of Wales, 2016)


There are a wide range of opportunities in this sector.

You could be a:




You'll need to be talented, but also flexible and hard-working too. In particular you'll need:

  • Creative ability
  • Technical ability
  • Digital / software skills
  • Leadership and entrepreneurial / business skills
  • Other skills - customer service skills, being a team player and being able to work alone, general IT skills, literacy and numeracy skills

Be an all-rounder. Be T-Shaped!

The 'T-shaped' worker has a design specialism, but is able to work across a whole range of areas to do with a large business or corporation." (Creative and Cultural Skills, 2015)


School or College

You can take design, arts and crafts courses at school or college.

Courses like:

  • BTEC Level 1 in Art and Design
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma
  • A Level Art and Design
  • EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • OCR Cambridge Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
    - Photography
  • A/AS Level Graphics
  • A Level Fine Art


Search for full-time school and college courses 


Creative apprenticeships are sometimes available. See the
Creative Choices website for creative opportunities.

Find a course


Higher Qualifications

  • BA(hons) Art and Design
  • BA(hons) Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • BA(hons) Graphic Design
  • BA(hons) Fashion Design
  • MDes Master of Design (post-graduate)
  • BSc(hons) Architecture (post-graduate)
  • MArch Architecture (post-graduate)

More than half of people working in creative jobs in Wales have an HE qualification, compared to around a third of people in all jobs (Arts Council of Wales, 2016).

Find a HE course

Get Networking

Networking with others and gaining experience is key to getting into design, arts and crafts, as well as building up a portfolio of creative work.

  • Build up a portfolio of your own work, preferably online to showcase to others
  • Put it on your own personal website
  • Dont just publicise it on social media, follow key professionals
  • Join art-related societies - especially if you're at uni
  • Attend national events and conferences when you can
  • Research job descriptions
  • Look for local jobs first - most creative companies are small businesses.

Read about 6 key ways to start - direct from a creative professional. Read our own tips on getting out there and making your own connections.

to Try


Self-Employment means working for yourself. Nearly all artists in Wales were working for themselves in 2014 (95%) (Arts Council of Wales, 2016). More than 3 quarters of craft workers in Wales are working as sole traders (Bop, 2012).

So you could be making things and selling them; teaching craft skills in a local college; and also running a community art project. This means you’ll have to be flexible and self-motivated to work in this sector. For more on being self-employed, check out our info on Working for Yourself.

Many people
across design, arts
and crafts are portfolio
working - earning a living
from more than one
(Creative Skillset, 2015)

More than half of
artists earned less than
a quarter of their
income through their art
- they mainly rely
on other income
(Creative Skillset, 2015)

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