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With an art, design or architecture degree from MADA, a world of opportunities, and the opportunity to change the world, awaits you.

Here are just some of the career possibilities you could pursue.

A World of Opportunities


Animators create moving images and motion design for film, television, video games and the internet. They can work in hand-drawn or computer generated animation using intricate techniques and strong artistic skill, and often specialise in particular aspects of the art such as character animation or special effects.

Art collections manager and registrar

Collection managers and registrars care for the art collections of galleries and museums. They create and maintain documentation systems that allow museums to keep track of their collections, and they oversee the physical care of collection artefacts using a specific skill and knowledge base.

Arts administrator

Arts administrators are the glue that holds the arts scene together. They facilitate and oversee the everyday operations of arts entities in government and private industry, by managing staff and budget, fundraising, organising festivals and events, and supporting the artists in their field in many other ways.

Arts educator

Arts educators have broad knowledge across multiple art forms, which they draw on to teach the next generation of artists. They can work with everyone from primary school children to post-graduate university students, and they are responsible for guiding new artists’ talents towards success.

Automotive designer

Automotive designers work in teams to create and improve the aesthetics and ergonomics of road vehicles. They integrate new technologies and market research in order to produce vehicles that are more aerodynamic, functional, beautiful and easy to use.

Brand manager

Brand managers oversee the consistency and effectiveness of product branding. They are responsible for the tangible elements of branding, like the look and feel of a product, as well as the intangible, like how consumers relate to the product and its brand. They have keen understanding not only of design principles, but of emotional interaction between brand, product and customer.

Building industry regulator

Building industry regulators are responsible for keeping the construction industry safe. They work with the government to provide a line of communication between the law and those in the industry, making it a safe industry for everyone involved.

Community development officer

Community development officers are the link between local councils and communities. Using their knowledge of design and planning and an attitude of care and social justice, they help create empowered communities with a high quality of life.


Conservators are responsible for preserving and restoring cultural artefacts. They are technically skilled, deeply knowledgeable in their field, and they use advanced technology to examine and maintain the artworks in their care.

Creative director – advertising

Advertising creative directors apply their knowledge of design, layout and artistic principles to the creation of advertisements from drawing board to completion. They oversee copywriters, graphic designers and artists, manage workflow, use a number of design programs, and create effective advertisements through the careful management of their team.


Arts critics provide a conduit between art and the broader community, helping to define the role that art plays in society. Critics draw on deep theoretical and industry knowledge of art to create a conversation that reaches throughout culture.


Curators manage collections of artwork in galleries, museums, cultural events, festivals and shows. They combine criticism, design and organisational skills to bring together artworks into a cohesive whole, creating engaging, educational or thought-provoking ways for the public to interact with art.

Design retail consultant

Design retail consultants work with retailers to maximise their space’s potential. They draw on skills in interior design, communication, project management and research to change the way consumers experience a retail space for the better.


Draftspeople prepare drawings and plans based on architects’ designs and sketches. Using physical and 3D modelling to create working plans, they provide the vital step between ideas and built reality, bringing visions into the real world.

Exhibition designer

Exhibition designers create displays, fixtures, and spatial arrangements for exhibitions and commercial events. They use skills in project management, visual and interior design, and industry knowledge to realise their clients’ visions and create exciting and engaging exhibition experiences.

Experience designer

Experience designers work on the cutting edge of brand engagement. They create multi-platform digital experiences that persuade, inform, entertain and engage users. This field is rapidly growing, and the experience designers at work today are shaping the future of digital interaction.


Filmmakers lead and oversee the production of films, using skills in leadership, visual design, and knowledge of the arts. They are responsible for many aspects of the finished film, and are driven, visually-focused, and creative.

Furniture designer

Furniture designers use their practical skills and design knowledge to create objects that we use every day of our lives. They can work on an industrial level, designing for large furniture companies, or on a bespoke, small-business level, creating furniture that blends use and art and enriches its environment.


Gallerists are owners or directors of galleries. They use personal collections and the collections of others, as well as their relationships with established and emerging artists, to create profitable and exciting exhibitions in the galleries they oversee.

Government arts policy advisor

Arts policy advisors to the government consult with both government and community to foster the creative arts. They argue for allocation of funding to particular arts groups, and assess where more government support is needed in the artistic community.


Illustrators work in visual media to create images for everything from children’s books to advertising to government projects. They are flexible, artistically minded, and keen communicators who use their developed artistic talents to create intimate visual experiences.

Industrial designer

Industrial designers create beautiful, functional objects. They combine their understanding of materials, manufacturing, and usability with innovation and aesthetics. Some industrial designers are more technical while others are more artistic; all industrial designers have an enquiring, inventive mind, and can express themselves through drawing and making.

Interior architecture professional

Interior architecture professionals design indoor spaces to suit the people who occupy them. Often remodelling or reworking existing buildings, interior architects work with the natural flow of life through space to create fulfilling and efficient environments that benefit those who live and work within them.

Interior designer

Interior designers shape our experience of rooms and built interiors, using colour, functional design, space and furnishings. They have a keen understanding of how people use the spaces in which they live, as well as knowledge of building codes, healthcare regulations and sustainability principles, which they use to create a living environment suited to the needs of their clients.

Lighting designer

Lighting designers create light art that complements theatre, film, music and art productions. They combine technical training and deep understanding of design and colour principles to create profound and subtle interactions between light, art, and people.

Multimedia designer

Multimedia designers integrate two or more types of media, using both artistic and technical skills. They often work in video games and online platforms, combining visual art, animation, graphic design and typography, but they can also work as independent artists creating multimedia installations.

Museum director

Museum directors oversee, care for and exhibit a museum’s collection. While they are involved in the creation of specific exhibitions, they also work to acquire art and artefacts to add to the museum’s archives, and may specialise in a particular area, like like Roman-era sculpture or 20th century art.

Packaging designer

Packaging designers work with product manufacturers and brands to create eye-catching, effective packages. They can work in everything from household goods to food to cosmetics, and use their skill and knowledge of ergonomics, visual design and consumer interaction.


Photographers work in fields as diverse as food, fashion, and wedding photography. Using a combination of trained eye and technical skills, photographers are responsible for capturing some of culture’s most important moments, and often pursue artistic careers, exhibiting their work in galleries.

Product designer

Product designers are innovators who work with companies to create new products for their customers to use. Combining art, science and technology, they are responsible for the cutting edge of the consumable production market, and respond to the public’s need for creative solutions to life’s problems.

Project management

Project managers oversee the construction of a development project from start to finish. They liaise with architects, tradespeople, and their clients to ensure that the building projects they take care of are efficient, timely and cost-effective.

Property developer

Property developers create new places for people to live and work in, from the ground up.
Working with architects, engineers, urban planners and more, they use their savvy and business acumen to turn old buildings or raw land into private, commercial and public real estate.

Public art projects manager

Managers of public art projects oversee the creation and installation of public works of art, like sculptures and murals. They source appropriate artists, seek approval from local council, gauge public interest and reception, and work to make public spaces more creative, bright and artistically engaging.

Stage designer

Stage designers work with theatre and film crews to create stage environments that reflect story. Using artistic skills as diverse as scale modelling, painting, illustration, installation and sculpture they produce scenic design to complement and enrich their production.

Sustainable design consultant

Sustainable design consultants are experts in green, renewable methods of design and construction. They advise project managers, architects and property developers on how to best incorporate sustainable design features like green walls and energy and water saving measures.

Textile designer

Textile designers create designs for fabric to be used in clothing, interiors and design. Using their knowledge and skills in the production of fabric from fibres and dyes, textile designers create carpets, clothing, towels and rugs that influence fashion and décor trends.

Transport designer

Transport designers solve problems within the transportation industry through innovative design. They address a vehicle’s comfort, sustainability, safety and branding, and work to create better transportation on land, air and sea, using artistic design skills as well as technical skills like surface moulding and manufacturing.

Urban planning consultant

Urban planning consultants come up with creative ways to make the most of public space. They consider a community’s needs for sustainability and safety, the suitability of the land to proposed projects, and how to create built environments to best serve future generations.

Visual merchandiser

Visual merchandisers use their skills in spatial design to create inviting retail spaces, displays, and installations. They work in window staging, floor planning, and visual and sensory design to attract and communicate with customers and support retail businesses.

Web designer

Web designers create the first user-facing experience of many brands and companies. They are responsible for a website’s visual design, ease of use, consistency and function, and they often use skills in graphic design, coding and illustration.

Writer & theorist

Art theorists research and write on the theory of art and aesthetics. They affect change both in academia and in the broader cultural landscape, shape the work of future artists by teaching and guiding them, and play an important role in the social understanding of new forms of art.

Have you always been inventive, creative, or even a bit of a dreamer? At MADA, we can help you turn your passion into a career.

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