What will I gain from my subject?

As well as your practice-based skills and the acquisition of knowledge your degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Transferable skills include creativity, problem solving, self-management, communication and teamwork. Your transferable skills and the level of intellectual attainment gained through study of your subject mean that you will have many different career options when you graduate. A high percentage of all graduate vacancies are open to graduates of any discipline yet many students are not aware of this or they are influenced by the myths surrounding the choices open to them.

Take a look at the Prospects website, and our Where do I start pages which are designed to help you start thinking about your future.

What can I do with my subject?

Your degree prepares you for a wide variety of career paths. Graduates have developed careers both within and outside the arts, craft and design.

There are a great many possibilities open to graduates, probably more than you realise at first. Sometimes, the hardest task facing finalists and new graduates is deciding how to choose from the many options available to you. There are jobs which are directly related to degree disciplines, jobs where particular subjects may be useful and also a whole range of jobs open to graduates of any discipline. The links below will give you some ideas of what you can do with your subject.

Graduate profiles

Find out what Art graduates and postgraduates say about Aberystwyth University, the course/s they studied and what they're doing now by reading our graduate profiles.

What help is available?

You have a dedicated links Careers Consultant who works closely with your department to provide support, advice and information. Careers workshops and events are held in your department to promote work experience opportunities, support career planning and network with professionals working in the creative industries. A central careers education programme is also delivered and postgraduates have access to the Postgraduate Skills Training programme. PDP is delivered in your department and is designed to help with career management and personal development. You are welcome to drop into the Careers Service for further support and information anytime.

Where do I start looking for work experience and graduate jobs?

The value of work experience cannot be overestimated and while all work experience is valuable, tailored experience will be particularly beneficial especially if you want to work in the creative sector. Work experience provides an opportunity to start networking in your chosen industry and many job opportunities are filled by word of mouth. It might also create chances to promote your work and provide opportunities for working freelance.   By taking your work experience a step forward and gaining relevant experience directly related to your future aspirations, you will be developing the skills sought after by employers in that sector. In addition, you will be demonstrating enthusiasm, commitment and a strong interest in that area of work.

The links below are a starting point when seeking opportunities directly related to your subject; more general resources are available in our jobs and work experience section. Don't forget that support is available from the Careers Service when applying for jobs and work experience. You may also find opportunities for exhibitions, selling your work, awards and competitions.

In some cases, you may find details of work experience placements but more often, you will need to use the information to give you ideas for speculative applications. For example, you may find general vacancies relevant to your subject which are not placement opportunities; however, if this an area of work where you would like to gain experience, you could contact the employer with a speculative application to see if there is the possibility of a placement with them. Our careers consultants can help you with this process.

Don't forget that many graduate employers, particularly the larger companies, include details of work experience placements on their websites. If there are organisations you'd like to work for, have a look at the Careers or Recruitment sections of their websites to see what is on offer.

Finally, remember that many of the links below will be equally useful to you when looking for graduate jobs.



Professional bodies and associations

These organisations promote the interests of people working in particular professions. Some have listings of employers who are members of the association and may advertise jobs while others may be a useful source of information when researching employers for applications or considering a speculative application.

What do Aber graduates do?

Many Art students move into roles such as secondary school teachers, higher education lecturers, art gallery managers and curators, children’s book illustrators, photographers and graphic designers, art directors in publishing, and medical illustrators.

Below are some examples of roles our Art Graduates have moved into:
  • Archive Assistant
  • Art Technician
  • Art Tutor
  • Artist and Draughtsman
  • Artist Educator
  • Curator 
  • Designer
  • Eael Painting Conservationist
  • Events Administrator
  • Fine Art Tutor
  • Freelance Artist
  • Freelance Designer
  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Technician
  • Landscape Artist
  • Lecturer
  • Masker
  • Photographer
  • Print Technician
  • Safety Recruitment Officer
  • Scientific Illustrator
  • Wildlife Conservation Worker
  • Writer
Example employers that Aberystwyth art graduates and postgraduates have gone to work for:
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Birmingham Theatre 
  • Blaze Publishing
  • Chameleon Television
  • Coleg Powys
  • Dezac Group
  • Dyfi Arts Guild
  • Fujitsu
  • Headway Worcester Trust
  • Interactive Theatre International
  • Mall Gallery
  • National Health Service
  • Ocean Images
  • Tate Gallery
  • Torre Abbey
  • Vogue
  • Warrington County Council