Whether you choose to apply for jobs when you graduate or to strike out on your own, the creative and wider skills you develop at Leeds Arts University will give you a great head start. 

Excited about your future career in the creative industries? You should be. *The latest government figures about employment in our sector prove this is a great place to work:

  • The creative sector is growing faster than the UK economy as a whole
  • 1 in 12 UK jobs are in the creative sector (2.55 million jobs)
  • Employment in this sector grew by 6% in 2012 (adding 143,000 jobs). 

Preparing for the world of work

Whatever you choose to do when you graduate, we’re committed to helping you maximise your chances of success. We’ll connect you with industry while you’re studying, and provide lots of opportunities to build the skills and experience you need for an impressive CV. We’ll also help you prepare for going freelance (becoming self-employed) or for finding just the right job and for developing your career once you’re on the first rung of your ladder. 

Skills beyond creativity

We’ll also help you to develop an invaluable toolkit of add-on ‘soft’ skills. These include teamwork, project management, problem-solving, self-motivation, time management, and independent thought and decision-making. They’re just as important for freelancing as they are for working for an employer. 

After you graduate

Even after you graduate, you could still use our facilities – either by joining our Creatives in Residence programmes or by taking space at one of our incubation units. Our Easter and Summer Programmes will still be open to you for the three years following your graduation. 

Find out more

For more information, contact Careers, Employability and Enterprise on careers@leeds-art.ac.uk

*Creative Industries Economic Estimates, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, January 2014