Culture, Arts & Media
Overview of the Sector
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)
- Main Areas of Work Include:
- What do I need to gain Graduate Employment?
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.
- Follow organisations/groups on Facebook, Twitter.
- Attend industry events, screenings, and festivals.
- Enter competitions.
- Connect with groups on LinkedIn.
- Contact organisations speculatively to show interest.
- Seek out internships and opportunities to volunteer
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.
- Key Employers
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:
- Local/ Nortnern Ireland Opportunities
NI ScreenOn Campus resources:
- RTS Media Evevnt – check MyFuture - an opportunity to hear from a range of professionals about their knowledge, experiences and tips on getting in to the media industry.
- MyFuture– access graduate jobs and internships.
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:
billygoat.tv artscouncil-ni.org picommunications.tv NI Screen thehoneycomb.net paperowlfilms.com cinemagic.org.uk nervebelfast.org culturenorthernireland.org sixteensouth.tv Nerve Centre 360production.com
UK and Global Opportunities
On Campus resources:
- ‘Going Global’– MyFuture/Jobs/Going Global– database of jobs and internships, key employers and country guides
- Opportunities to internationalise your degree (Erasmus, Study USA, EVS, INTO China) Advertised on MyFuture.
- Graduate Recruitment & Placement Fair– annual showcase of NI and international firms with vacancies
- The Spotlight - Casting directories and contacts in the performance industry
- The Stage
- Actor's One Stop Shop
- Creative Choices
- The Association of British Theatre Technicians
- The Society of British Theatre Designers
- Careers in the Music Industry LinkedIn group
- Careers in music
- Music jobs
- Musical Chairs
- PRS Foundation -awards and funding for new music
- Association of Brisith Orchestras
Film, TV & Media:
- Mediargh - entry level jobs in media
- Media Volt - Media community site offering auditions & jobs for writers, actors, musicians and TV/Film production crew.
- Broadcast Now - site for the national radio industry
- Grapevine Jobs - for jobs in broadcasting, film and music.
- BBC - includes trainee schemes and apprenticeships
- RTS - for information on training and bursaries
Also check out:
- Job Profiles: Creative Art and Design
Photographer Press Photographer
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:
Animator Graphic Designer Illustrator Medical Illustrator Multimedia Specialist
Fashion and Textile:
Clothing Textile Technologist Fashion Designer Printmaker Textile Designer
- Job Profiles: Information, Patents and Heritage Management
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
- Job Profiles: Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
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 Writer
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):
Theatre Director Theatre Manager Theatre Stage Manager
Actor Broadcast Presenter Dancer Musician
- Further Reading and Information
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.