What comes after an art degree?


Career prospects are a key element in choosing your course and university. We're delighted that both our BA (Hons) courses in Art and Design and Fine Art have 100 per cent employment rates! (DLHE survey 16/17). This means all of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

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One of these graduates is Rebecca who studied BA (Hons) Fine Art. Since completing her degree in 2013, Rebecca has built a career as a Learning and Engagement Assistant at The Barber Institute and is also studying a Masters in Museum and Gallery Education at the University College London Institute of Education.

I studied Fine Art at Margaret Street from 2010 to 2013 and graduated with a First,” Rebecca told us. “My placement while studying my degree had been in a primary school and I had always wanted to work in education. After graduating I studied a short youth arts project management course with ‘ArtsWork’. I worked in community arts and displayed work in a few small shows.”

“In 2015, I started an internship at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at The University of Birmingham. This role was within the learning team and it opened my eyes to the world of museum and gallery education. Directly after my internship, I took on a Visitor Assistant role at IKON which gave me a great insight into public facing gallery work.

"I was also offered a maternity cover position as the Learning and Engagement Assistant at The Barber Institute. I chose to take the 12 month maternity role and I am still here today, co-ordinating my own projects and developing my skills.”

Phoebe Hinton-Kench graduated from BA (Hons) Art and Design in 2015 and is currently working as a Graphic Designer for Next.

Phoebe explains how her time on BA (Hons) Art and Design continues to play a part in her day-to-day work life:

“I’m currently working in the kids department working on online content,” Phoebe explains. “The work ranges from creating emails, banners, landing pages all for the website and translating the directory printed book to online content, so essentially re-designing and creating a look-book style story for all kids’ products.”

 “One day I can be designing new logos through the Adobe suite, or using CMS / Dreamweaver to build and design personalised emails or website content. We will also be involved in the ‘new story collection‘ so getting an invite into what we might be launching for the new season, different trends, themes and colour palettes to then use when designing.”

“I would say my real breakthrough was getting an internship for Wallpaper* magazine in London as a digital online designer, this gave me so much first-hand knowledge of how companies worked behind the scenes and I learnt a huge amount about the digital and print industry.”

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