Careers in Art and Design - What's out there for me after studying Art and Design?

The following is a list of just a few of the careers which require some training from National 5 up to HNC and HND qualifications:

National 5 and/or Higher:


Make-Up Artist

Beautician/ Beauty Therapist


Theatre Design/ Costume Design/ Theatrical Make-Up

Higher and/ or HNC – HND :

Retail Display (Shop and window dressing)

Exhibition Design (Galleries, conferences and information centres,....)

Landscape Design (Garden and landscape design for private and public buildings)

Photography (Portrait, fashion, photo journalism, sports events,...)

Website Design


Degree in Art & Design


Art Therapy (In hospitals/ with the elderly or disabled/ in community work)

Artist (Full time self employed Freelance artist - painting or producing artwork/graphics/website design)

Computer Graphics/ Animation (Design for film/ animated film/ advertising/ game design,...)

Fashion Design

Furniture Design/ Production  (Design for mass produced or specialist handmade furniture)

Graphic/ Magazine/ Publishing (Publshing/ Printing industry - Design for newspapers, magazines, books,...)

Graphic Design (Design for illustration, advertising, corporate identify design, website design, packaging design,...)

Industrial Design (Working with engineers to design working artifacts such as cars, computers, household appliances/medical machinery,... - note, this may also requires Maths/Physics/ Computing and Science)

Jewellery Design/ SilverSmithing

Teaching Art and Design (In Primary/ Secondary or Further Education colleges)

Textile Design (Printed and/or woven cloth design for furnishings/clothing fabrics,...)