Exploring Creative Careers

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What sort of jobs are involved?

First you might want to read about People Who Make Places to show you what is possible.

You can download these charts showing the range of careers in Design  mapping-design-disciplines or related to Place-making careers-linked-to-place

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Just as a brief taster, they include:

  • Architecture, including architectural visualisation, project management and more
  • Interior design, including furniture crafts, lighting and acoustic design and more
  • Graphic design, including signage and marketing
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Environmental sustainability, including managing community gardens, energy conservation or waste
  • Urban design and Town planning, including heritage/buildings conservation
  • Retail development and marketing, including town centre/high street regeneration, or retail design, or trading of food or flowers
  • Public and outdoor arts, including Performance art, digital art or site-specific installations
  • Events and arts management, including technical support
  • Informal learning, community or educational arts, including musician or drama therapist
  • Film-making and production
  • Tourism management and visitor services
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Transport management, including river transport
  • Product design, for example linked to housing, retail or outdoor design)
  • Heritage and museum work, including interpretation, education or marketing
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Dallas Pierce Quintero public art workshop, St.Mary’s RC Primary School, Battersea, London.

If you work with young people…

You can read up about the policy background, and why Cultivate is supporting careers education.

Find out about the Cultivate Routes workshops we are offering to schools.

Our local partners very active in supporting careers and work-based learning include Wandsworth BESTReachOutRCA and Battersea Power Station Development Company, as well as secondary schools and colleges. 

Links: Where to go for help

The following links help you to find out about opportunities, inspiration and guidance.

Arts Emergency

Mentoring scheme for disadvantaged young people interested in careers in the arts


Arts Jobs


Supported by ACE, this site has lots of opportunities for internships, voluntary work, early career projects and freelance roles for creatives.

Career Footsteps


A campaign by the Edge Foundation, encouraging schools to hold days that focus on creative, technical and vocational pathways.



Lots of resources on careers education.

Creative & Cultural Skills


Advisory body and web portal to creative and cultural careers, including apprenticeships, study routes, awards, training and more. In particular, see the Creative Choices site. 

Creative Pioneers


Opportunities for digital and creative apprenticeships in London and beyond, supported by the Metro newspaper and others.

Creative Skillset

Short film on how to start a career in the creative industries

Creative Journey


A film by the Sorrell Foundation about creative careers.

Landscape Institute


Produces resources, reports and awards, some of which are aimed at students and widening participation into the professions.

London Ambitions


This is a London-wide strategy, launched in 2016, joining up efforts between local authorities and the Mayor’s office, to create a careers offer for young people across London. There are 7 aims, including all to have at least 100 hours work experience by the age of 16, and the idea of ‘careers clusters’ to share resources.

Made Here Now


All about careers in the manufacturing industries, such as Product Design.

New London Architecture


A place to visit and discuss the changing city and decisions involved.

Open City


Open City provides learning activities and resources about the changing face of London


Online resource and community exploring contemporary art and exhibitions in London, by and for young people.


RIBA (Architecture)

Young People’s Forum


The RIBA is piloting a new programme for young people who would like to learn more about architecture and the RIBA, connect it with other creative worlds and meet like-minded people. Find out more about joining this Forum.

Schools programme


Architecture Ambassadors are RIBA architect members who volunteer to partner with schools on an architectural project of their choosing.

Resource on the role of the architect


Royal College of Arts


RCA has a presence in Nine Elms, in the Riverlight studio. ReachOutRCA runs short courses and projects for schools and young people.

Sorrell Foundation


Runs the Saturday Club, which offers art and design activities in a range of venues such as the V&A. It has a strong careers focus, signposting routes to study and using Arts Award to accredit learning. Saturday club members can visit creative businesses linked to the scheme.

The City Centre


Pioneering a new Learning Programme to address the skills shortage in London’s Development and Property Industry. Offer school sessions to promote STEM careers in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Design and Urban Regeneration. Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Contact lettie.mckie@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Victoria and Albert Museum


V&A frequently offers workshops and study days about creative careers, especially in and around design.



Helps you build your CV and explore your employability and preferences.