Are you creative?
Do you have a passion to create something new?
Then a career in Arts, Craft and Design could be right for you!
This sector is primarily based around creativity and expressing oneself through one’s designing, creating and building skills.
There are dozens of exciting career paths within this industry; ranging from Artists and Product Designers to Medical Illustrators and Interior Designers.
The world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind said:
“I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings.”
This sector is broken down into the following two key areas;
1) Arts and Crafts
Individuals working in this part of the industry are concerned with making decorative designs and objects by using their hands and simple tools.
These objects can be a piece of art, a handmade chair or a pair of handcrafted shoes.
The most common materials that are used are textiles, wood, glass, stone, paper and clay.
This part of this sector is very broad and designers can specialise in numerous areas, including:
Many designers will start working for smaller companies in their chosen fields and gradually build their portfolio and work their way up. Those with substantial work experience can become self-employed and begin designing under their own name or brand.
Similar to other sectors, there is also a very a high demand for professionals who can obtain a management position. This could involve working for a large company or brand to overlook the designers and offer guidance when necessary; it may also include working with members of the public and exposing the company’s brand via social media or events.
Many roles in this sector are based on an individual’s capabilities and as such many employers do not tend to ask for any specific degree requirements. However, a degree in any of following subjects would support a strong application and increase the chances of securing an interview:
Many employers will ask for a portfolio of previous work experience so it is recommended that you keep a sample copy of all the projects that you have worked on and/or completed.
On average professionals working in this sector receive good salaries.
A typical entry level salary is between £15,000 and £16,000.
Mid-level jobs such as Assistant Designers are typically paid up to £35.000 and those with substantial work experience could see their salaries double to and in excess of £70,000 (depending on the job role and field of work).
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
Another popular route of work is to become self-employed and work for yourself. Besides the flexibility and freedom that self-employment offers, some successful designers have evolved to create their own product lines and brands and have become financially independent as a result of it.
The Arts, Craft and Design is a thriving sector and is expected to experience a rapid growth in the coming decade; particularly for jobs related to design and technology. Innovation and adaptation to new trends, conventions and technology are critical to being successful in this industry.