1 in 11 jobs of all UK jobs now fall within the creative economy.
1 in 6 of all UK graduate jobs are also creative economy positions.
In Northern Ireland, over 25,000 people work in the creative industries or in creative occupations. This represents 43.1 per cent of the workforce. (Source: Creative Industries economic estimates for Northern Ireland 2019)
Creative Arts graduates are more likely to be self-employed or work freelance. A relevant degree can increase your chances of success. However, talent, enthusiasm, determination and experience can be just as important.
Industry-specific courses may boost your chances of finding a job, by giving you practical and technical skills in areas that are in demand such as digital media and film & music technologies.
For journalism you will need qualifications from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ,) either as part of a first degree, a Masters or as a stand-alone professional qualification. For management and administration roles a business degree can be useful. The Creative Skillset Courses Directory lists accredited degree and postgraduate courses that are endorsed by the industry. This website is also a good source of information on creative and media careers.
You’ll need to be proactive in hunting down opportunities. Build up a portfolio of work experience - and get yourself known. Raise your profile online and face to face.
Larger companies including: the BBC, Channel 4, RTE, Virgin Media offer work experience and internship opportunities – but these are very competitive. Smaller independent production companies, theatre groups and orchestras may accept speculative approaches.
Get involved in student media, drama and musical ensembles at university or at community level. Writing your own blog or commenting on others peoples' blogs can also get you noticed by employers.
Creativity, originality and innovation are vital for success.
Skills: strong communication, organisational & team work skills. Practical and technical skills. Entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness.
Personal qualities: ability to evaluate & self-reflect. Flexibility & perseverance.
Arts Council NI lists opportunities across the culture & arts sector in NI including music, theatre, film & TV and community arts.
NI Screen lists vacancies and calls for crew for productions which receive NI Screen funding.
UK and Global:
NI ScreenOn Campus resources:
Digital media, film, television and music industries in Northern Ireland are forecast to grow in the coming years not only within the creative industries sector, but across the wider Northern Ireland economy. Opportunities in this sector are not always advertised so it is important to develop a good network of contacts and get as much experience as you can to develop a strong portfolio of work.
Useful websites to search for internship and job opportunities in N.I. include:
On Campus resources:
Film, TV & Media:
Also check out:
Arts & Crafts:
|Ceramics Designer||Fine Artist||Furniture Conservator/ Restorer|
|Furniture Designer||Glass Blower/ Designer||Industrial/ Product Designer|
|Interior and Spacial Designer||Jewellery Designer|
Illustration and Multimedia:
|Medical Illustrator||Multimedia Specialist|
Fashion and Textile:
|Clothing Textile Technologist||Fashion Designer||Printmaker|
Information and Library Management:
|Academic Librarian||Archivist||Information Officer|
|Public Librarian||Records Manager|
Patent and Related Work:
|Patent Attorney||Patent Examiner||Regulatory Affairs Officer|
|Trade Mark Attorney|
Heritage and Museums Management:
|Archaeologist||Commercial Art Gallery Manager||Heritage Manager|
|Museum Education Officer||Museum/Gallery Conservator||Museum/Gallery Curator|
|Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer|
Publishing and Printing:
|Commisioning Editor||Editorial Assistant||Lexicographer|
|Magazine Features Editor||Print Production Planner||Publishing Copy-editor/Proofreader|
|Publishing Rights Manager|
|Broadcast Journalist||Magazine Journalist||Newspaper Journalist|
|Press Sub Editor|
|Science Writer||Technical Author
Broadcasting, Film and Video (Technical):
|Broadcast Engineer||Film/ video editor||Lighting Technician, Broadcasting/ Film/ Video|
|Sound Technician, Broadcasting/ Film/ Video||Television Camera Operator|
Broadcasting, Film and Video (Production):
|Radio Broadcast Assistant||Television Floor Manager||Location Manager|
||Production Designer, Theatre/Television/Film||Programme Researcher, Broadcasting/Film/Video|
|Radio Producer||Runner, Bradcasting/ Film/ Video||Television Production Coordinator|
|Television/ Film/ Video Producer
|Theatre Director||Theatre Manager||Theatre Stage Manager|
We have a number of reference materials available in the Student Guidance Centre as well as some online resources listed below.
Prospects industry insights and Gradireland sector career guides will help you to search for employment in this employment sector.
Prospects Job Sectors:
Gradireland Career Sector Guides:
Further information resources are available at the Student Guidance Centre Hub (Opening hours: Mon- Fri 09:00- 17:00), including free copies of Gradireland, TargetJobs and Prospects guides plus self-help guides and employer brochures. The Student Guidance Centre Hub has free wifi, tea and coffee.
This information is obtained from a variety of sources, including the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), Prospects, Gradireland and relevant professional organisations and other appropriate resources, as available.
We endeavour to ensure that our online resources are current and contain relevant information. However, we cannot accept responsibility for the contents of external websites.
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