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Top 10 creative jobs

Set your imagination free and read on for our top 10 list of creative careers.

1: Advertising art director

Advertising art directors are usually employed as part of a team with a creative copywriter. The art director's key role is to come up with the visual elements of advertising campaigns.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no set qualifications. Most art director entrants have a degree, HND or foundation degree. Studying graphic design, advertising design, art and design, illustration or fine art can be particularly useful. Most courses require a portfolio of art and design work. Postgraduate degrees and diplomas in advertising are available. The diploma in creative and media may be relevant.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from £18,000 to £25,000 a year for new entrants, to over £100,000 at the most senior level in top agencies.

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2: Fine artist

Fine artists use visual expression to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings. They create original works of art, such as drawings, paintings, etchings, photographs, sculptures, linocuts, lithographs, screenprints, and computer-aided digital graphics. Artists often experiment with different art forms and techniques, and may work in two or three dimensions.

What qualifications do I need?

Although freelance artists do not need formal training, in practice most have a qualification such as an HND, foundation degree or degree in art and design or fine art.

These are offered across the UK in universities and art colleges. Some colleges or universities may offer places to applicants without formal qualifications but with a good portfolio. Fine art graduates often go on to study at postgraduate level, completing a Masters degree or Masters of Fine Arts (MFA).

How much does it pay?

Income levels for fine artists vary enormously. Sample rates, excluding overheads, suggested by a-n The Artists Information Company are £22,932 a year for graduate artists, potentially reaching £37,296 a year with ten years' experience.

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3: Arts administrator

Arts administrators provide administrative support (doing the paperwork) to the cultural and creative industries, which include the visual, performing and literary arts. Their work may involve supporting, managing or promoting activities.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no set entry qualifications for arts administration, and there are many routes into these jobs. Employers usually expect GCSEs (A*-C) in English and Maths. It would also help to have relevant work experience, either paid or voluntary.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £12,000 to over £50,000 a year in management positions.

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4: Interactive media designer

Interactive media designers create the overall look and feel of a wide range of interactive communication products. Using text, data, graphics, sound, animation and other digital and visual effects, they may work on projects such as websites, computer games, multimedia such as DVDs and interactive television.

What qualifications do I need?

Although there are no set academic entry requirements, most entrants are graduates. A degree or postgraduate qualification in an art and design-related subject such as graphic or multimedia design is particularly useful. Relevant technical knowledge is also helpful.

Experience is highly valued and employers often require a portfolio of interactive media work. The Diploma in creative and media may be relevant for this area of work.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £15,500 to over £45,000 a year depending on the location and the size and type of company.

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car design creative job5: Product designer

Product designers design most things we use in our daily lives, from chairs and cutlery to clocks and computers, as well as specialist products like medical, electronics or telecommunications equipment.

What qualifications do I need?

Employers look for creative skills, technical knowledge and the ability to work to a design brief. Taking a foundation degree, degree or HNC/HND in product design is the main route in.

More generic design qualifications are also available, offering modules in product design. Those wishing to specialise may take a more technical or industrial-focused qualification, such as engineering or automotive design. The Diploma in creative and media may be relevant to this area of work.

How much does it pay?

Salaries can range from around £18,000, to £55,000 a year for senior designers.

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