Visual arts and design

From photography to event management, creative director, artist in residence or arts teacher - explore a career pathway in Art and Design.

Choose a career pathway in visual arts and design

Choose a career pathway in visul arts and design and you will have the opportunity to develop your creativity, across areas including: painting, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, graphics, fashion, visual studies, design, computer aided design, photography and historical and contextual studies.

At Activate Learning, we follow a multi-disciplinary approach. This means that you are able to experience different creative disciplines before you specialise, broadening the possibilities available to you through further study or employment.

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

Our art and design career pathway can help you develop a number of exciting careers in this creative sector:

  • Photographer: take portrait and landscape photos for customers, including at family events and celebrations, using digital software editing packages to enhance the resulting images
  • Events manager: create, plan and implement events for the business or leisure sectors, including managing budgets and relationship with suitable suppliers
  • Fine artist: illustrate, sculpt and create artwork that helps an organisation's business purpose come alive
  • Creative director: manage marketing campaigns that help transform how your organisation (or your client's organisation) is perceived by members of the public. For example, through an advertising campaign. 


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We work closely with organisations to provide industry standard teaching, learning and progression opportunities for our students, including: Arts at the Old Fire Station, SAE Institute, Reading Rep, William Hands, The Furniture Makers, Benchmark and Ercol.

You will have the opportunity to develop your employability skills by taking part in exhibitions, festivals and events, organising community workshops and pop-up shops. You will also gain new skills by taking part in competitions, attending masterclasses and career talks, and responding to live briefs set by employers.