Arts Degrees and Qualifications

Qualifications in artistic subjects are mocked by some yet admired by others, and that’s because you don’t necessarily need a degree to be a good dancer, artist or photographer, and a qualification may not be crucial to your career.

Some people will say that you just have to get out there and get the experience, ‘forget the qualifications’, but it’s even better if you can do both. Just because a subject is not academic, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not important.

Some companies will put qualifications above experience while others will just want to see real work experience and if you’re deciding on whether to not to undertake an arts degree, make sure you consider the route you want to take and the companies you aspire to work for.

No degree is useless, but only you can make it useful.

Top Degree Subjects for Job Prospects

There are some degrees that get a lot of credit in terms of opening up job opportunities, and while it’s down to the individual, there are some courses that have proven to be more successful than others.

Architecture has always been looked at as a highly targeted degree, and student who flourish in design in school, could get a place on an architecture course, and there’s no doubt that it will open you out to some terrific opportunities, and great pay too.

Law always has to be up there, and if you do well in a law degree, you’re going to reap the rewards after. It must be said that you certainly won’t start of at the top and it can take years to work your way up in this industry.

Languages have to be considered too. If you can speak multiple languages then you could be needed in several countries and not just one. As far as job opportunities go, this has to be one of the best, but it depend on the language you study and the demand for translations.

English Degree – What Next?

Okay so you’ve just graduated from university with a degree in English, but what next? It’s a broad subject but there are plenty of options out there. Not many people will come out with an English degree, write a book and become famous, but companies are always looking for writers.



Online content is essential today and many companies have stepped into the world of content marketing. There is also the opportunity to head out into journalism, perhaps local newspapers, but you may need some NCTJ qualifications before you can break into this industry.

PR involves a great deal of content, such as writing press releases, news items and carefully wording reports. If you’ve studied English then you’re likely to be a clean writer and that’s a good skill, but you have to pick a niche and know exactly which industry you want to break into.

Breaking into PR

Many journalism, business and media graduates take the PR (Press Relations) route when they come out of university, but it’s not the easiest industry to get in to. There is immense competition for places and volunteer work is often required before you can make the step into a permanent position.


Most people start out as PR assistants and while the salary is not likely to be the highest, it will improve over time when you prove your worth. You may feel as though you’ve proved you’re ready for the working world when you come out of university, yet you have to be able to prove that you can work in the PR environment, and that’s where volunteer work comes in.

Applying for work experience or just assisting B2B business with their marketing for free can be a good route into PR, and once you’re in you can develop your skills, build confidence and show exactly what you’re capable of.