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Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts

Are you an aspiring artist? Passionate about plays? A stunning set designer? Do you marvel at modern dance? Create captivating choreography? Imagine innovative installations? Whatever your ambitions, there are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.

Confused? What are your options?

What can I do with my degree?

Beyond a Drama Degree

Beyond a Fine Art Degree

You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:

What Do Graduates Do?

Job search

Before starting your job search, it can be helpful to identify which industries interest you. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. The following resources are highlighted specifically with industries most related to Drama, Dance and Fine Art.

Performing Arts

You can look for job vacancies at:

Agencies such as Uni-versalEXTRAS offer work as an extra.

You’ll need to be proactive and establish a network of contacts, as few vacancies are advertised. Use directories such as The Performing Arts Yearbook. The Knowledge provides information about organisations that are about to start casting roles in theatre, television and film.

Your CV, as a performer, is different to that for many other jobs. As well as a list of production credits and details of any special skills, such as languages, accents, musical instruments played, singing voice, horse riding or stage combat skills, it also includes a headshot – a head and shoulders picture, usually in black and white, taken by an accredited photographer. Testimonials or professional recommendations may also be included.

For further advice on performer CVs and showreels see Mandy Jobs.

Visual Arts

You can look for vacancies, residencies and commissions at:

An artist CV is very different from many other jobs. For bespoke advice on Artist CV structures see Art Quest.

The hidden job market is a phrase used to describe unadvertised posts. This can be common for the creative industry. To find out about potential opportunities that may not be advertised, you may need to send a Speculative Application. This is when you contact a company you’d like to work for directly to advertise your skills and let them know you’d like to join them. For further information on speculative applications see our page – Speculative applications.

Showcasing platforms are important networking tools for the creative industries. Employers use these sites to discover talent. Start by uploading your work to the Creative Showcase to showcase your work to employers who are interested in University of Lincoln students and graduates. For further advice on creative applications and portfolios see our dedicated page.

Self-employment is another way of working in the creative sector, visit our Freelancer Toolkit for support and information about becoming a freelancer.

Remember you can go into a huge range of industries with the transferable skills developed from your degree. To research your opportunities beyond these sectors research your options here.

Grad Schemes

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation.​ They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline. Graduate schemes are usually run by larger businesses, and therefore are not as common in sectors such as Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts which tend to be made up of more small to medium sized businesses.

The examples below demonstrate some schemes open to any degree.

Example Graduate Schemes open to the skills that are developed from Fine & Performing Arts:

For further research into graduate schemes see the UK’s top 300 most popular graduate employers. Remember you can use your transferable skills from your degree to apply to a wide range of options. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page.

Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school. 

  • Creative Access offers a jobs board, training and support to candidates and are working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in the creative industries
  • Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists, training cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and through running participatory arts and development programmes 
  • UK Theatre provides a wide range of updates on diversity initiatives and links to bespoke schemes.
  • Stage Sight’s vision is to create an off stage workforce that is more reflective of our society today, inclusive of ethnicity, class and disability
  • Pact is the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. They are committed to improving diversity within the media industry 

Join our dedicated school page on Lincoln Connect for further information on equality schemes and mentoring.

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in the arts, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat. 

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