University of Brighton Careers Blog

Graduating Art Student? Read on for advice and opportunities…

If you’re finishing your art degree this summer and uncertain about the future, remember there’s plenty of support out there from the university and beyond.

Consider how you can sustain your university network after your course finishes, for example by embarking on collaborative projects with other graduates to build on your portfolio.

Keep in touch with the wider artist community through organisations like a-n and Artquest . Sign up for artist newsletters with organisations such as Parker Harris .

a-n membership includes contact with industry experts, artist news updates and opportunity listings.  A 50% discount on a-n membership is available to 2021 graduating artists. To claim your discount email your contact name, personal email address, university/college email address, year graduated, institution name and course title to: . The offer closes on 30 September 2021.

Apply for a mentor through the university’s Graduate Mentoring Scheme to support you with your career goals and help build your confidence.

Volunteering is a great way to bring you work experience and employability skills! If you’re in Brighton or Sussex over the summer and looking to get some work experience to add to your CV, complement your degree or try a potential career out, contact Active Student, the university’s volunteering service.  Active Student work to support students find rewarding, safe and supported volunteering roles as part of the Careers and Employability Service. To find out more and to register  take a look at our webpage

If you’d like advice and guidance about your next steps or feel unclear of your direction, do get in touch to arrange an appointment with a Career Development Adviser.  As a graduate of the university you have indefinite access to this service.

A taster of artist opportunities

The Artists’ Society Collecting Studio Art Prize
Open to students and recent graduate visual artists who work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography.  Applicants could win £4,500 to fund an artist’s studio space in the UK.

Visit the website for full details and to apply.
Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – artist open call
Applications welcome from all artists, including students, working with an original print medium. Successful artists will have their work exhibited in the physical Fair and The Online Edition in November. Each applicant will receive 2 free tickets to the November event, and complimentary access to brand new art and business workshops. Curated with leading industry experts, the workshops cover a range of areas including personal statements, framing, photographing work, self-promotion, packaging artworks & exhibition opportunities.

Apply via the website
Closing Date: 27 June 2021

Crisis, Response, Recovery, Reflection: Filmmaker / Artist Commission
The University College London Hospitals Arts and Heritage team are looking for a filmmaker/artist and oral historian to record staff’s experience of COVID.  The successful candidate will have a track record in community engagement, and may have experience of working in a health care context.

Interested? Full details are available here
Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Need help researching and applying for opportunities?
– Explore your career options in creative arts and design via the Careers and Employability team website
– Get advice on making your CV stand out on our how to write CVs and covering letters page
Book a remote appointment with the City campus Career Development Adviser via Microsoft Teams. Appointments are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, email tel: 01273 642855 to arrange a convenient time.

Photo by Steve Johnson from Pexels

Sarah Watson • 25/05/2021

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