What's it all about?

Working in the art and design industry is challenging and rewarding. The best thing about this exciting and creative industry is that you get to turn your passion into a career and make a living from a job that you love!

Who is it for?

In addition to creative talent, you will need a lot of self-belief, determination, commitment, excellent communication skills, the ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and in a team.

Who we work with

We work with the following employers to help you gain real work skills:Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Frank Styles (artist), Sunderland Culture, Washington Arts Centre.


of our art & design students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for art and design students including:

  • £11 million Arts Academy

  • Kiln and sewing machines.

  • Art studios.

Expert & friendly support


There will be 20,840 art and design jobs in 2024 (NE).

Careers could include: Illustrator, Artist, Stylist, Interior Designer or Fashion Designer. 

There are 260 Artists employed in our local region and they earn £26,936 a year.


Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.

Medium Salary

£ 29951

316 people employed as Artists in the current year.

Product, clothing and related designers

Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.

Medium Salary

£ 28204

1240 people employed as Product, clothing and related designers in the current year.