Studying art isn’t just about creating masterpieces; it's a subject that promotes creativity, allows self-expression, and unveils real human emotions.

Studying art offers a varied journey into discovering how to express yourself, as well as a broader cultural understanding. It not only hones technical skills in different art forms but also develops critical thinking, problem-solving, and a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives.

From visual arts and design to digital media and art history, art opens doors to many career possibilities. Graduates may find themselves in roles such as graphic designers, multimedia artists, art therapists, museum curators, or even in the newer areas of digital and virtual art.

Beyond traditional career paths, the study of art grows skills highly sought after in the creative industries, positioning individuals for success in the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary professions. Whether pursuing a passion for fine arts or leveraging creativity in innovative fields, studying art promises many possibilities, where imagination knows no bounds.

The impact you could make
  • Realise your ability to inspire, bringing beauty and meaning to the world.
  • Contribute to cultural preservation, capturing moments in time and reflecting the essence of different societies.
  • Evoke emotions in others, challenge perceptions, and provoke thought.
What you could study
  • History of art
  • Reflection and analysis
  • Art, technology, and the internet
  • Art and business
  • Studio practice
  • Typographical skills
  • Professional skills in art and design
  • Objects and experiences
  • Curation
  • Fine art

Study options

Options to study in this field include:

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Example module
“I enjoyed the first modules, where we were introduced to various methods for creating art. The module for which we created a piece inspired by the collection in Maidstone Museum, then exhibited it there.”
Fine art graduate, University of Kent
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“I am currently studying how context art shows the connections between humans and nature and I am really enjoying this topic. It has also enabled me to research lots of different artists.”
Second year fine art student, Leeds Beckett University

Second year fine art student, Leeds Beckett University

I mostly love the freedom of expression I am able to articulate through this subject and that this is enabled through the course content. I also enjoy the fact that tutors are always posting job offers and events to attend that are suited to our course.

Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some art courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.

Design and technology
Fine art
Hard skills you'll develop
  • Drawing and painting techniques
  • Sculpture and 3D arts
  • Composition and design
  • Art conservation techniques
  • Artistic research
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Creativity to think outside the box
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Presentation skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Resilience and growth mindset

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying art. The following information is based on a typical art professional role.

Available jobs
11,545 vacancies in the past year
9.01% growth over next eight years
Average salary
Up to £55,641

Career options

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Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study art at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from art applicants.

A levels
Scottish Highers
Other Level 3/Level 6 qualifications (e.g. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma or SQCF Level 6) may be accepted as an alternative
74% of students
studying art would recommend the subject to others
(UCAS subject guide survey 2023)

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Considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Deadline

    Apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer.
  2. Where to apply

    You apply directly through the employer.

  3. No limits

    You're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like.
  4. Apply to university and apprenticeships

    There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies.

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around art with the following:
  1. Art UK

    Discover artworks, explore venues and meet artists. Art UK is the online home for every public collection in the UK. 
  2. Visit art venues

    There are art galleries and venues all over the UK. Find your local one and be inspired by others’ art.
  3. Visual Arts Association

    Get some ideas on how to turn your passion for art into a career. 

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our advice will help you get ahead in your art journey.
Skills, experiences, and interests to mention
  • Do you enjoy using different artistic techniques? You can think about drawing, painting, sculpting, print making, digital art – the more you’ve tried the better.
  • Has any of your artwork been featured anywhere? Or maybe you’ve won competitions.
  • Are there any artists or art movements that have influenced your style? Be sure to mention how that’s translated in your creations.
  • What other related skills have you developed that help your artistic vision? Perhaps you’re a keen photographer or dabbled in graphic design.
  • Don’t forget to emphasise your curiosity and eagerness to explore new artistic concepts, techniques, and cultural influences.

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