I want to work in...Visual Arts

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of the creative arts and design sector 


COVID-19 support

Creative Scotland - COVID-19 funding and resource directory


Typical job profiles

Community arts worker

Fine artist

Game artist

Graphic designer


Medical illustrator


Presss photographer



Useful online resources

a-n Artists Information Company providing news, advocacy and information

Arts Thread - global online portfolio space

Creative Choices careers advice

Creative Industries Council - UK creative industry overview including labour market news

Creativepool Recruitment and career advice

Creative Scotland National leader for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries

Directory of design consultants

Glasgow School of Art careers blog

Graphic design - career progression infographic

Routes into digital careers - infographic (pdf) from Bubble

So, you want to be a designer? blog post from Wallpaperdirect


Job sites and specialist recruiters

Artconnect -  social network for creative businesses. Includes job board.  Mainly German based but expanding to other citites.

Arts Culture Media Jobs ACM

Artsjobster UK arts related vacancies

Arts Professional Magazine


Bubble jobs for digital sector

Resartis - worldwide network of artist residencies 

Transartists - Dutch site featuring artist in residence programmes worldwide 


Professional bodies

Art Workers Guild

Association of Illustrators AOI

British Interactive Media Association BIMA

British Institute of Professional Photography BIPP

Institute of Conservation ICON

Institute of Contemporary Art ICA

Institute of International Visual Arts INIVA

Institute of Medical Illustrators IMI

International Animated Film Association ASIFA

Royal Society of Painter and Printmakers

Royal Photographic Society RPS


See also Health Promotion and Wellbeing for art therapy 

See also Computer Games Industry

To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.