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Art, design and craft industries

Cultural heritage

Media, interactive media, print and publishing 

Performance arts and music

Art, design and craft industries

This sector is about using creative and original ideas to develop and make products including:

  • Paintings, sculpture and other pieces that decorate homes and public spaces.
  • Everything we use, from clothes to cars, kitchen appliances, magazines and mobile phones: making sure that they are functional, look good, are economical to manufacture and appeal to the market. 
  • Craft items, such as jewellery, made using traditional techniques or innovative ideas and materials.

Jobs include:

Fine artists create original works of art, such as drawings, paintings, etchings, photographs, sculptures, lithographs and computer-aided digital graphics. They may also work in 2/3D or work on installations or events to get their ideas across.

Goldsmith/silversmiths design different types of precious and decorative metalwork products. They may hand-craft individual pieces or small quantities, or work with a manufacturer to produce large quantities. They may specialise in a particular metal such as gold, silver or platinum. Products may include jewellery and ornamental tableware.

Graphic designers produce designs for products such as websites, packaging, books, magazines, corporate identity e.g. logos, computer games, and activities such as advertising, exhibitions and display.  Their clients will employ them to help sell their products, services or messages.

Technical illustrators usually specialise in a specific field such as medicine, architecture, film and television, software, botanical or engineering, and prepare detailed drawings to help people to understand complex scientific or technical information.  Technical illustrations are used in textbooks and reference books, instruction manuals and technical sales brochures, as well as in some multimedia software programmes, film and television, websites and architectural visualisations.

Product designers develop the ideas and designs for just about everything we use, from everyday items such as furniture and household items to more specialist products like medical, electronic or telecommunications equipment. They design brand new products, but will also be involved in re-designing products already in use, to make them more attractive, efficient, functional, or less costly to produce.

Cultural heritage

This sector includes a wide range of museums, historic houses and sites, galleries and arts organisations.

Jobs include:

Archaeologists preserve, record and analyse any material remains excavated on archaeological digs - including fragments of bone or pottery, buried structures or microscopic organisms. This information is used to help understand the past, and archaeologists may also become involved in conservation, publicity and educational activities, such as the interpretation and display of finds in museums.

Art exhibition organisers plan the programme of exhibitions - which may be permanent or temporary - in a gallery or museum, and mount and maintain displays.

Conservators/restorers carry out preventative or remedial work to keep works of art or other historic objects in good condition or working order. They may look after a range of objects, or specialise in a particular area such as furniture, paintings, textiles or books.

Museum assistants/technicians are mainly responsible for the specialist handling, movement and display of artefacts such as paintings or sculptures in museums and galleries. They mainly do practical work or, if they have technical ability, may also do carpentry, lighting and maintenance work. Technicians may also get involved in cataloguing new exhibits or those going into storage.

Museum visitor services assistants work in museums and art galleries and are mainly responsible for customer service, but also for the care and security of museum artefacts and exhibits.

Museum/art gallery curators manage and care for collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest, helping to bring these collections to life, in a way that's both educational and appealing to the audience.

Media, interactive media, print and publishing 

Includes the main employment areas of

  • TV, film and radio
  • Interactive media
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Books
  • Photography
  • Print

Jobs include:

Animators use a range of techniques to create the illusion of movement, using drawings, models, puppets, or increasingly, specialised computer software, for shorts and feature films, advertising, computer games, websites and music promotions.

Computer games designers devise new computer games and define the way the game is played and the 'game experience'.

Interactive media designers use text, data, graphics, sound, animation and other digital and visual effects to create interactive communication products such as websites, multimedia such as DVDs, interactive TV programmes and interactive elements for video DVDs, TV websites and mobile services.

Photographic technicians work in photographic laboratories or image production facilities, where photographs are printed or converted into digital images.

Publishing editors work in a range of publishing areas including newspapers and magazines, books and online publishing.  The editor has overall management responsibility for the style and content of the publication.

Sound technicians set up, test, operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound for audio recordings, films, radio and television programmes, and live performances.

TV/Film production assistants may be involved in all kinds of projects, from news broadcasts to reality TV shows, music and comedy shows, soap operas, dramas and feature films. They support other members of the production team by taking on a wide range of tasks including administration, that do not require specialist training.

Performance arts and music

This area of work is not just about being in the spotlight working as a performer - there are also lots of jobs, some quite technical, working to make sure that performances run smoothly, as well as business and marketing jobs promoting artists and productions.

Jobs include:

Actors work, with guidance from a director, to bring to life characters created by writers, performing for a live audience, usually in a theatre setting, or for a TV, film or radio broadcast.

Entertainers mainly perform for live audiences demonstrating their unique talents, such as cabaret, singing, music, children's entertainment or mime, at venues such as theatres, clubs and pubs, circuses, community centres, and sometimes on the street.

Lighting technicians are responsible for the lighting effects seen in theatres, music venues, and on film and TV productions as well as the lighting for outside performances.

Make-up artists apply make-up and style the hair of performers and presenters for TV, film, theatre, fashion shows, live performances and photo shoots.

Music promotions managers promote live music events and publicise their artists' music on media such as the radio and the internet to build up interest and sales.

Popular musicians play in bands, as solo musicians or as session musicians. They might be involved in rock, pop, jazz, country and western, world or easy listening music.

Stage managers make sure that theatre productions run well, acting as a link between the technical and artistic teams, and making sure that everything is in the right place at the right time.