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145,330 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.
- 88% UK
- 12% international
- 95% full-time
- 5% part-time
Top five graduate destinations:
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation
- Professional, scientific, and technical
- Accommodation and food service
What courses are available?
Universities, colleges, and conservatoires are offering courses in the following subject areas:
- Fine art
- Design studies
- Cinematics and photography
- Creative/imaginative writing
The field has a strong vocational link with many courses designed to provide a route to a related career.
You can study music, dance, drama, and musical theatre courses at both universities and conservatoires – conservatoire courses are more performance-based, whereas university courses focus more on academic study.
Subject combinations and available course options include:
- single, joint, and multiple subject combinations
- full-time, part-time, and flexible study options as well as a few courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
- qualifications ranging from BA (Hons) degrees, through to HND, HNC, and Foundation Certificates
Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:
- Advertising and marketing – Level 4 – e.g. advertising account executive
- Broadcast production – Level 4 – e.g. production coordinator
- Digital learning design – Level 4 – e.g. user experience coordinator
- Interactive design and development – Level 4 – e.g. junior interactive product designer
- Trainee photographer
- Desktop publishing assistant
- Junior graphic designer
- Technical illustrator
- Assistant costume manager
A levels – To get on to a related degree, you will usually need a minimum of two A levels. In addition, you normally require five GCSEs at grade C or above including maths and English. However, many courses do not have specific A level requirements:
- Performing arts – English, performing arts, or another essay-based humanities subject is useful. Applicants taking a performance music course will often be expected to have achieved a minimum of grade 7 ABRSM (or equivalent) in their main instrument or voice.
- Design, fine art, and photography – many courses require, or prefer, an art and design A level. It can also advantageous to have a foundation diploma in art and design.
- Creative writing – English or a related A level is required for many courses.
Vocational courses – Other Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC extended diploma in art and design, performing arts) are accepted as an alternative to A levels by many universities, and art/design and performing arts colleges.
Competition for some courses can be intense, and different selection methods are used to ensure applicants have the appropriate talent and aptitude.
Fine art, art and design, and photography – prospective students are required to present a portfolio of their work and will often be asked to talk this through at interview. Entry requirements may be relaxed based on the strength of the art portfolio offered.
Performing arts – applicants will be invited to take part in an audition, which may include individual and group performances. Again, previous experience and a strong audition may mean entry requirements are relaxed for some courses.
Creative writing – applicants may be asked to submit a written piece of work that demonstrates their skills.
Personal statements form an essential part of the selection process and in general, admissions tutors are looking for:
- a sense of what drives your interest and passion for the subject
- evidence that you have a real enthusiasm and are highly motivated, which could be demonstrated by:
- relevant work experience/shadowing or voluntary work
- additional reading, research, training, and qualifications
- membership of related societies/clubs
- a well written statement that shows you have something to contribute to the university or college
- the ability to work collaboratively and share ideas with others
Key areas of employment
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