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School of Design and Creative Arts

Fine Art

Your careers team

Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Critical awareness of self and external factors and the ability to be reflective
  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • An appreciation of diversity
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Team working
  • The ability to work independently
  • Decision-making
  • Oral and written communication
  • Visual presentation
  • Information and research
  • Self-motivation and self-management
  • Organisation and planning
  • Networking and industry awareness
  • Career planning and management
  • IT, particularly using creative software

Career options

Graduate employment sectors related to your degree:

Graduates from creative degrees often have many transferable skills which can be applicable to a wide variety of jobs and industries, not just the creative sector.

For example, here is a resources for creatives working in healthcare.

To find out more about other careers see our Career Areas page or explore the Prospects Job Profiles.

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

The School of Design and Creative Arts offers a unique range of postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities.

Postgraduate Taught programmes include MA Graphic Design and Visualisation, MA Theatre, MA Storytelling and Creative Arts PHD

Further study elsewhere:

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Fine Art graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

For Fine Art

  • Main activity: 95.1% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £18,953 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 19% were in Manufacturing, 14% were in Arts, entertainment and recreation, 14% were in Education, 10% were in Finance and insurance activities, 10% were in Human health and social work activities, 10% were in Information and communication, 10% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 30% stayed in the East Midlands, 20% were working in London, 15% were working in England region unknown, 3% were working in the South East, 1% were working in the North West, 1% were working in the Channel Isles, 1% were working in the East of England, 1% were working in West Midlands and 1% were working in Asia. 

Employers included:

Boots, Brilliant Fires Ltd., Damien Hirst Science (UK) Ltd., deVol Kitchens, Leicester Grammar School, Loft Gallery, National TV & Film School, Street PR, UK Young Artists/British Arts Council.

Roles included:

Art Director/Film Maker, Ceramicist, Litigation Associate, Marketing Apprentice, Painting Artist, Photographer/Freelance Artist, Sales Associate, Self-employed Artist, Teaching Assistant, Team Leader.

Further Study included:

International Arts Management, MA Art History and Museum Curating, MA History of Art, PGCE Secondary Art & Design with QTS.

Further information

Resources to research career areas

Resources to find experience, placements and graduate jobs

There are a wide range of resources available to you to search for placement, internship and work experience opportunities.

There are many opportunities advertised on Careers Online, the University’s online vacancy system.

General arts:

Heritage and engagement:


10 steps to creating a creative CV

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies: