DESIGN, ARTS AND CRAFTS
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,
of craft workers in Wales work as sole traders
(Arts Council of Wales, 2016)
WHAT JOBS COULD YOU DO?
There are a wide range of opportunities in this sector.
You could be a:
THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
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.
- 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
- A/AS Level Graphics
- A Level Fine Art
Creative apprenticeships are sometimes available. See the
Creative Choices website for creative opportunities.
- 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).
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.
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.
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)