Art and Design graduate destinations

93% of UWE Bristol graduates in Art and Design work or are in further study after six months.

From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.

Great graduate careers

Many of our Art and Design graduates go into jobs related to their degree. Thanks to the transferable skills they learn on our courses, they also go into jobs including marketing, education, and events.

Careers are varied and stimulating with typical jobs including:

  • Model / Puppet-maker.
  • Self employed Artist / Print Maker.
  • Artist.
  • Visual Merchandiser / Fashion Designer.
  • Mid Weight Designer.
  • Fashion Production Assistant.
  • Curator.

Top graduate employers

Graduates work with leading public and private sector organisations across the country, as well as small to medium sized enterprises.

We have employer partners who shape our courses; advise students on careers; and provide internships and work experience opportunities. Graduates find jobs with these and leading employers including:

  • Damien Hirst Studios.
  • Harry Potter Film Franchise.
  • Lacoste.
  • Victoria Beckham.
  • Harvey Nicholls.

Placements and work experience

As well as placements, our students gain experience on live projects and commissions. There are plenty more opportunities to get experience through volunteering, part-time work and internships. Whatever path our students choose the careers service can find experience that fits their brief.

We encourage students to take part in industry competitions. Students have gained national and international recognition through these. We also arrange specific UWE awards and bursaries including:

  • Emerging Artist of the Year winning £1,000 and a city centre exhibition.
  • Gane Trust Travel Bursary giving a second year student £1,000 to carry out a research project of their choice, providing them with the opportunity to travel, gather materials, undertake workshops and make contacts. 

The Creative Industries departments arrange an annual Professional Practice Week. With over 50 events offered, it's the perfect opportunity to network and learn about the sector. There are panels and presentations with top employers, industry professionals and alumni.

Our annual degree show offers employers the opportunity for talent scouting and students the opportunity to market themselves to industry. As well as showing them work, students can schedule a one-to-one to talk about graduate careers.

Starting up a business

Many of our graduates go freelance and become self-employed. So we give them a head start while they're here. Enterprise skills are built into the curriculum, and students can bring business ideas to life by accessing private sessions and funding by working with our enterprise advisors.

Specialist careers support

Sector-specific careers advice is available for each department and one-to-ones are available with our dedicated team. Students can attend weekly careers drop-ins to find out more about creative careers. They can build their skills through workshops on LinkedIn, presentation skills and pitching etc. And it doesn't end when they graduate. Our careers services are available up until three years after graduation.

Further study

Some of Art and Design graduates go on to study for postgraduate degrees in subjects ranging from interior design to print making.

Find out more about our Art and Design courses

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