School of Arts and Cultures



you will develop a good range of subject-specific, technical and transferable skills

Students hanging art work in exhibition space

Transferable skills

Critical thinking and people skills

Imagination and creativity are valuable in any organisation. Having a critical awareness of self and external factors, alongside interpersonal and social skills, can make you a good team player.

Creative problem-solving skills

Your resourcefulness and divergent thinking will be an asset when it comes to decision making.

Presentation and research skills

You'll practise oral and written communication skills, become adept at visual presentation, and develop information and research skills.

Workplace skills

You'll learn self-motivation and management, become good at organisation and planning, and gain IT skills, particularly using creative software.


Many employers seek graduates who are lateral thinkers and creative problem-solvers

This makes Fine Art graduates very sought after, particularly in the expanding UK creative industries sector. This sector relies on people who can think differently, formulate questions and solve problems.

Some of our graduates go into jobs in the arts field. This can include things like running art galleries or being arts advisers to local councils. Others find work in areas unrelated to the art and design world.

You can find work in graduate professions like where employers recognise your range of transferable skills. These can include: 

  • finance
  • marketing
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • management

Some graduates are entrepreneurs and establish their own small businesses or organisations.

Further study

Many of our graduates continue their education. Some have joined Master's courses at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths' and the Slade School of Art, New Orleans USA. Some graduates continue on to PhD research.

Others continue as independent practicing artists. Many have remained in the North East to take up opportunities in our thriving visual arts scene.

Other graduates also go on to pursue visual arts-related postgraduate study. This can include areas such as digital media, three dimensional design and theatre design.

Find out more

Read profiles of our graduates Natalie Levi and Tom Whittle.