Art and Design graduate destinations


of our Art and Design graduates are in work or further study after 6 months*

*The structure and coverage of this survey are determined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) employment indicator 2016/17, published in July 2018.

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:

  • Advertising Designer
  • Art Educator
  • Artist and Designer, Freelance
  • Creative Consultant
  • Curator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fused Glass Artist 
  • Illustrator 
  • Psychotherapist.

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, work experience and mentoring. Graduates find jobs with these and leading employers including:

  • Dyson Ltd
  • Gant
  • Halo Media
  • Henry Moore Foundation
  • Interactive Scientific
  • Mega Events
  • Ogilvy and Mather
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection 
  • Studio 411 Photography
  • The Holburne Museum.

Further study

Some of our Art and Design graduates go on to study for postgraduate degrees in subjects including product design, art therapy and print making.

Find out more about our Art and Design courses

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Career support throughout your degree

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.

Placements and work experience

As well as placements, our students gain experience on live projects, commissions and competitions. There are plenty more opportunities to get experience through volunteering, part-time work and paid 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 Bristol awards and bursaries including:

  • 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 60 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 advisers.

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 to alumni up until three years after graduation.

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