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    Sector Overview

    Creative, Media & The Arts

    • Over 90% of creative and media companies employ less than 11 people

    • Around half all of the employees working in the sector are self employed

    • Warwick has been voted the number one university for Media Studies for two years running

    • Graduates earn an average of £17,000 six months after entering a media position

    • The recession saw a huge rise in freelancers in this sector

    This is an ever changing sector, and is incredibly fast paced. The main sub-sectors include advertising, design, film, literature, music, art, photography, publishing and more! The creative and media industry is one of the fastest growing in the UK, with college and university courses being an increasingly popular choice of study. Many employers report that they have problems recruiting skilled staff so doing an appropriate course and gaining as much experience as possible to strengthen your portfolio is vital.

    The working environment can vary dramatically depending on your job role but you will definitely need to work well under pressure, often to a strict deadline. A creative attitude is required and you will need to be able think on your feat, coming up with great ideas in a fast-paced environment.


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    This magazine you are reading wouldn’t exist without publishing and it covers everything to do with written word. Most publishers are small and deal with specialist publications, such as career specific magazines or travel guides. Starting salaries are quite high, ranging from £15,000 to £20,000.

    Film & Television

    Fancy yourself as the next Phillip Seymour Hoffman? What do you mean who?! Well, it’s not all about the actors; all those names that scroll at the end of the credits (that you probably leave the cinema half way through) are roles that make film and television work. Cameramen, sound and lighting operators, makeup artists, special effects specialists and directors are just some of the roles available. Salaries usually start out fairly low (about £12,000) but will grow as your experience does.

    Performance arts

    All the world’s a stage. Not only does this cover the performers, but also the supporting crew; you could be in wardrobe, stage management or directing the whole show! Starting salaries are usually between £12,000 and £16,000 depending on your role.

    Interactive Media

    Also known as New Media, everything from Facebook and Youtube to apps and websites is covered here. You’ll have to move with the times, as in this industry something could go from popular to forgotten in just a few seconds. Remember Bebo? No, me neither. Starting salaries are pretty high because it’s a specialist subject; expect to earn between £16,000 and £20,000 with more to come as you become more experienced.


    If you know what’s hot and what’s not, what’s in and what’s out, then this could be right up your alley. Fashion covers designing new clothes, patterns and styles as well as buying stock for high street shops to sell. You can expect to start on between £12,000 and £15,000.

    Public relations

    PR is all about networking – you might be representing a small company looking to expand or a high profile celebrity in search of that next big blockbuster. Starting salaries in PR are usually higher than others in this sector; you’re looking at £19,000 to start out with, but experienced PR people at the top of the ladder can earn upwards of £100,000! That’s a lot of chicken dinners…


    Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Shrek; all are huge animated films that started life on a drawing board. Animators work on bringing still images to life. Animation isn’t just limited to film; it appears in TV, on websites, adverts and video games. Starting salaries are between £16,000 and £20,000 and can increase with experience.


    Museums, heritage sites and art galleries all require experts to look after the exhibits that guests come to see. Whether it’s bringing new exhibits in or restoring old ones to display quality, it’s a varied job that will give you a lot of gratification. There is a minimum salary (by law) of £20,895, which you can expect to rise as you gain experience.


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    With over 48,000 different companies in this sector, an Apprenticeship might be the easier route to take to get into a very tough sector. Competition for places in this industry are super high, so having one foot in the door and earning as you learn could be a great way to go. Here are the frameworks you can expect to see in this industry and all Apprenticeships result in a Level 2 BTEC, Diploma or NVQ.
    Design • Games Testing • Performing Arts (Theatre) • Fashion and Textiles • Music Business • Creative

    Advanced Apprenticeships

    These are the equivalent to A-Levels and can usually be joined after completing the associated Intermediate Apprenticeship. They are ideal for people who want a practical role as they learn while gaining valuable employment experience. Here are some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks for this sector and all of these will result in a Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC, a Diploma or an NVQ.
    Creative • Creative and Digital Media • Design • Performing Arts • Photography • Photo Imaging


    A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. Here are some of the relevant A-Levels for this sector:
    Art and Design • Dance • Drama • Fine Art • Graphic Design • Media Studies • Music Technology • Photography

    Foundation Degrees

    A Foundation Degree combines university lifestyle with practical, hands on work. It’s sort of like a cross between an Apprenticeship and an Honours Degree. They are often used as gateway qualifications to a full time Degree as they count towards the first two years of an Honours Degree. They usually take two years to complete and you’ll be both in the work place and on the university campus. Example degrees include Creative Writing, Animation and Photography.

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