Careers in the Creative Industries
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.
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:
- Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
- Leeds Conservatoire
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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
- Music – production, performance, business
- Media / Film / TV / Photography
- Fine art, design
- Gaming / VFX / Animation
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
BCE APPRENTICESHIPSAdult courses
Free Level 2 and Level 3 coursesFREE ADULT COURSES
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