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Culture, Arts and Media Little Black Book

Northern Ireland Opportunities

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.

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.

Theatre and Dance NI is a new support agency for theatre and dance in Northern Ireland. The organisation is the product of a successful merger of Theatre NI and Dance Resource Base in 2020.

CommunityNI- paid and volunteering positions in the community sector.

VolunteerNow – find volunteering opportunities across Northern Ireland.

Useful websites to search for internship and job opportunities in N.I. include:         

NI Screen               

Honeycomb Creative Works    

Film studios in Belfast

Titanic Studios

Belfast Harbour Studios

Loop Studios

Publishers in Belfast:

Ambassador International

Blackstaff Press

No Alibis Press

Shanway Press

Appletree Press


UK and Global Resources

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

Broadcasting Companies e.g.BBC, Channel 4,SKY.

Local & National Theatre Companies, including Theatre and Dance NI.

General vacancies web pages, for example Creative Opportunities and Mandy.

Musical Chairs for a variety of positions in music and also the Association of British Orchestras.

Arts Hub - Arts industry news, jobs.

The Publishers Association has useful resources for how to work in publishing, while Discovery is a great place for budding book reviewers to get early access to new and indie fiction.  


Film, TV and Media resources

ScreenSkills - the industry body for the creative sector

Mediargh - entry level jobs in media

Broadcast Now - site for the national radio industry

Grapevine Jobs - for jobs in broadcasting, film and music.

BBC - includes trainee schemes and apprenticeships

RTS (Royal Television Society) - for information on training and bursaries


Further reading and information

Prospects industry insights and GradIreland sector career guides will help you to search for employment in this employment sector.

Prospects Job Sectors:

Creative Arts and Design

Marketing, Advertising and PR

Media and Internet

GradIreland Career Sector Guides:

Media and Publishing

Performing and Creative Arts