Culture, Arts and Media

  • Culture, Arts and Media

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.
(www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk  2014)

In Northern Ireland, creative industries provide employment for over 21,000 people in almost 1,400 businesses.
(www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk  2015)

 

MAIN AREAS OF WORK INCLUDE:

Performing Arts: Music performance, Composition, Music Therapy, Performing Arts

Arts Administration & Management

Media and Internet: TV, Radio, Film, Journalism, Digital Media

Teaching & Academia

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO 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

Northern Ireland:

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. 

Other key employers include; BBC, UTV and smaller independent production companies.

UK and Global:

Arts Councils in England , Scotland Wales and further afield are a good source of information

Broadcasting Companies e.g. BBC, Channel 4

Local & National Theatre Companies, Orchestras

LOCAL/ NORTHERN IRELAND OPPORTUNITIES

On Campus resources:

  • RTS Media Fair – annual fair on campus - 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
niscreen.co.uk thehoneycomb.net paperowlfilms.com
cinemagic.org.uk nervebelfast.org culturenorthernireland.org
sixteensouth.tv nervecentre.org 360production.com
  • CommunityNI- paid and volunteering positions in the community sector
  • VolunteerNow– find volunteering opportunities across Northern Ireland

Go further logo

My Go Further Story 

Molly Goyer Gorman
MA Arts Management
PhD in the School of Creative Arts, QUB.
Previously Development Officer for Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre

Read the full story

Molly Goyer Gorman head


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

Drama:

Music:

General:

Film, TV & Media:

  • Mediargh - entry level jobs in media
  • Media VoltMedia community site offering auditions & jobs for writers, actors, musicians and TV/Film production crew.
  • Broadcast Nowsite 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 ARTS AND DESIGN

JOB PROFILES: INFORMATION, PATENTS AND HERITAGE MANAGEMENT

JOB PROFILES: PUBLISHING, MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS

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:

The Job Crowd: Interview tips for media and broadcasting

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.