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Art Editorial

juliecrawshaw.jpg Considering a career in the arts?

If you've ever thought to yourself, “Civil service - no! Baggage handler at Newcastle Airport – no! The arts – maybe…” then Northumbria University’s BA (Hons) Art & Design History course could be right up your street.

When I announced to my family and friends that I wanted to work “in the arts” many years ago, they all thought that I would end up penniless in a dilapidated garret surrounded by syphilitic one-legged prostitutes (and, to be fair, I was kind of banking on it, but the best laid plans etc). What my family and friends could never know at the time was how the UK’s cultural and creative industries would go on to constitute one of the fastest growing areas of our economy, with the most recent figures showing the sector growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and worth a staggering £84 billion a year.

The BA (Hons) Art & Design History course at Northumbria University helps you develop specialist knowledge about art and design, while also giving you the professional skills for working in the cultural industries. On their degree course you will look at how arts and design, in all its forms, has reflected the world around us from 1850 to the present day, developing expert knowledge in the specific areas of visual and material culture that matter to you.

The modules are based around the internationally recognised research of the teaching staff, and the expertise of guest professionals from the creative and cultural sectors. Academic development is based around your own interaction with art and design objects, helping you think and communicate creatively about aesthetic and practical experiences.

Most importantly, academic study and experience “in the field” is linked to modules in professional development and work placements in national arts organisations, preparing you for a range of careers in museums and galleries, arts management, writing, publishing and blogging, arts festivals and events, or even setting up your own arts business.

And if you want to take your studies further, the degree course feeds directly into their postgraduate MA Cultural and Creative Industries Management and MA Conservation of Fine Art degrees.

For more details visit: northumbria.ac.uk; NU admissions: 0191 227 444