Careers

Fine Art graduates from the University of Chichester are immensely employable. Employers always stress that the qualities they most want to see from graduates include skills such as creativity (which could lead onto using your initiative, decisiveness, problem-solving, innovation, adaptability, imagination and the ability to generate fresh ideas) and good communication skills.

The Fine Art degree course here prides itself in embedding creativity (in all it's components) and communication skills centrally within the degree programme. The course offers students further key skills that are both useful for artists but, more importantly, are life-skills that will help them in varied employment situations.

Students will develop the ability to:

  •    reflect critically on their own learning
  •    show self direction, manage their own time, and take personal responsibility
  •    identify and solve problems
  •    anticipate and accommodate change
  •    show initiative and use good working practices
  •    demonstrate interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a group
  •    research, communicate and present ideas in verbal, written and visual forms
  •    source, manage and present information through IT systems

What can I do with a Fine Art Degree from Chichester?

Recent graduates have gone on to become successful Practicing Artists, Art Educators, Primary & Secondary School Teachers, Lecturers at Further and Higher Education, Art Administrators/Managers, Art Therapists, Art Historians, Critics, Journalists and Environmental Collaborators.

Discover more about the success of our graduates.

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Fine artist - expresses ideas in a visual format such as paintings, installations, sculptures or drawings. Some fine artists also work in or with other media such as film. Work may be commissioned by clients or initiated by the artist.
  • Community arts worker - works on artistic projects in a specific location with designated groups such as ethnic minorities or young people. The aim is to channel energy and creativity, often in those people for whom there are few other cultural or social outlets.
  • Printmaker - designs and produces prints by transposing the original image onto different surfaces and materials such as woodcuts, lithographs, silk screens. This is painstaking work, often using traditional rather than electronic processes.
  • Secondary school teacher - teaches art, craft, design and technology to students aged 11-18. Works within the National Curriculum and towards examinations such as GCSE and A-level. Encourages pupils to interpret creative themes, use a variety of equipment and explore ways of harnessing their imagination and expanding practical skills.
  • Further education lecturer - teaches art to over 16s, either in a formal college setting, preparing students for academic and vocational exams or in adult education, where students may be older and taking leisure courses. The core of this role is similar to that of Secondary school teacher.
  • Higher education lecturer - teaches fine art to those over 18 in universities or similar institutions. Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, prepares students for high-level qualifications. Might specialise in a particular sub-discipline. The role is academic as well as practical and may involve supervision of Masters and PhD candidates.
  • Museum/gallery curator - acquires, tends, houses and interprets art works and artefacts for short-term exhibitions or for standing collections. The current emphasis of the job is on facilitating wider public access and developing themes to encourage this.

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Art therapist - uses art-related activities to help people suffering from physical or mental conditions, emotional health problems or learning difficulties. The therapy may aid recovery or improve the quality of the patients’ lives.
  • Arts administrator - supports, initiates and develops arts and cultural activities within a particular venue or geographical area. May focus on one field, such as exhibiting visual arts, or work across different forms such as music, art and performance.
  • Commercial art gallery manager - combines business awareness with artistic insight by running a space where creative works are shown and sold. Balances bringing new artists or art forms to public attention with what is commercially viable. Liaises with artists, makers and clients, coordinates events, supervises sales and marketing.
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer - plans, organises, markets and administers permanent or temporary exhibitions. This may involve generating ideas that will attract visitors, acquiring or borrowing items and helping to design and develop the space being used.