Cafe Works is a drop in advice and guidance centre specialising in the creative arts

We aim to bring together creative individuals and businesses to create the spark of opportunity.

Whether you want to get into the creative arts sector, or you’re a creative business wanting some support, come and have a chat with us over a coffee.

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Careers in the Creative Industries

Why should I have a career the creative arts?

The creative arts are hugely diverse – from fashion, to gaming, to music, to dance, there’s so much going on. It’s worth billions to the UK economy and it’s always going to be interesting. If you’re looking for a way to express yourself, then we can find outlet for your creativity.

What options are there for creative arts courses at secondary schools and colleges?

There are many options for the Creative Arts sector in education:

  • GCSE
  • A-Levels
  • T-Levels

Should I do a creative arts course at Uni? Where?!

There’s a huge variety of creative arts courses at universities and conservatoires.

Firstly, you might consider doing a foundation year, to consolidate your skills. Some high ranking universities will only accept you completing a foundation year.

Undergraduate degree courses are usually three years, however you might consider doing a four year courses which includes a year in industry or a year abroad.

Conservatoires are specialist higher education institutions, prestigious and highly regarded in the industry. They are very competitive and auditions are required to be offered a place. There are nine conservatoires within the UK:


I want to further my skills in the creative arts – are there adult courses I can take?

Applied General qualifications are vocational courses with a high level of practicality, equivalent to three A Levels. There’s lots of subject choice and they are a great way to explore your creativity.

  • Drama / Dance / Performing Arts
  • Events
  • Music – production, performance, business
  • Media / Film / TV / Photography
  • Fashion
  • Fine art, design
  • Gaming / VFX / Animation
  • Makeup

What about traineeships and apprenticeships in the creative arts?


Apprenticeships are a great way to gain practical experience whilst also studying an industry recognised qualification and earning a wage. There are lots in the creative arts, from Level 2 to Level 7 with different employers.

Link to creative arts apprenticeship standards


Free Level 2 and Level 3 courses


I’ve want to have/already have a business in the creative arts, and need a bit of help, what can you do for me?

We want your business to succeed. Cafe Works can support you to set up and expand your business, and act as a broker referring creative individuals to your vacancies. We’re a creative hub for everyone to benefit from each other.

Creative Careers

Cafe Works supports the amazing creativity within London’s cultural quarter and works to champion careers in the creative arts. No matter where you are in your creative journey, our careers advisors will help you with your next steps.

Book an appointment with our Careers Advisor


Further Education / Adult Learning


Business Support

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Cafe Works
Clifton Avenue
E17 6HL

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Cafe Works is funded by the Waltham Forest Digital and Creative Careers Cluster, through the GLA Mayor of London and European Social Fund