Design & Visual Arts

When you’re on a career path in the design and visual arts sector, you’ll be able to put your creative abilities and artistic flair to great use every day, working in a diverse range of roles around design, fashion, sculpting, drawing and crafting. In Greater Manchester, roles are increasing year on year.

If hands-on creation isn’t your thing, you could always manage and direct productions and processes, curate art galleries or oversee exhibitions. With the technology hub of MediaCityUK, graphic designers and web designers are in huge demand, but so too are those skills in product and clothes design, so you’re sure to find a job that suits your passions!

Top Career Opportunities

Product designer

Average salary: £29k

Fashion designer

Average salary: £29k

Arts officer / producer / director

Average salary: £36k

Artist

Average salary: £28k

Top Job (By Salary) Number of Jobs in 2016 Number of Job in 2020 Average Salary
Arts officers, producers and directors 2,967 3,001 £39,624
Product, clothing and related designers 4,323 4,338 £31,886
Web design and development professionals 4,641 4,772 £31,054
Graphic designers 5,668 5,747 £26,915
Artists 864 854 £26,832

Jobs Figures, 2016 - 20

There are predicted to be 660 new jobs with an estimated 860 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for design and visual arts related occupations is £31,262 per year.

Design & Visual Arts

If you never stop doodling on scraps of paper or love nothing more than redesigning and upcycling your old clothes, then a course in Design & Visual Arts could be just what you need to express your creativity and hone your artistic flair.

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