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    Degree courses that prepare you for life as a professional artist

  • Great career prospects

    93% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016-17)


At the Reading School of Art we prepare you for life as a professional artist. Our courses are designed to empower you with the personal skills and technical ability you need to succeed in your future chosen career.

Many of our graduates have developed successful careers as artists, writers and curators, benefitting from our innovative style of art education, internationally recognised expertise, and creative connections.  Other students have found success in a  range of sectors  where the transferable skills, creative knowledge and critical thinking gained on an art course has increased their employability. 93% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016-17).

"During the course we were shown a number of ways in which both past students and the tutors themselves were working professionally as artists. This gave me a lot more confidence in my own efforts to promote and develop my work."

Abi Daker, BA Art

After Reading School of Art

All our undergraduate courses are designed to prepare and equip you for your life as an artist or in the wider creative field. As a graduate, you will be self-sufficient with the ability to motivate yourself and develop your own work.

Regular participation in exhibitions and collaborations, events and work placements will ensure you leave Reading with a full portfolio, a greater sense of self confidence and independence, and a wide network of connections within the art world.

Professional portfolio

During your course you will produce a large and varied body of work.  Most students also create their own websites, blogs, online portfolios or other forms of publications to promote their work. This is supported through coursework throughout the programme.

Desirable skills

As well as the practical and creative skills you develop on your course, you will graduate with a wide range of highly desirable transferable skills enabling you to work in a variety of sectors. Skills include:

  • analytical skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • digital skills
  • independent thought
  • international experience
  • project management skills
  • self promotion
  • time management

Your future career

Many of our graduates have developed successful careers as artists, writers and curators. These include a number of famous alumni, such as Turner-prize nominated artists Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker and Richard Wilson, and PhD students who are award-winning artists and curators at influential museums. Others have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy, journalism, and film and video production.  Recent employers have included:

Within the Arts sector

  • BBC
  • Camden Arts Centre
  • Curwen Gallery
  • Fine Art Magazine
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
  • National Film and Television School
  • The Orange Tree Galerie, France
  • South West Arts
  • Tate Gallery
  • V&A Museum

Outside the Arts

  • HM Prison Service
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Kier Construction
  • LEGO Media International
  • Microsoft
  • The National Trust
  • US Department of State

Alumni network

Whilst at Reading, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships within our wider alumni network - which may prove invaluable in your future career.

Even after you graduate  from the Reading School of Art you may still benefit from our partnerships and connections as you will have the opportunity to join the alumni network. This dynamic network includes high profile, active artists and curators and may open the door to many exciting future collaborations.

Joint-Honours degree courses

A joint-honours course can increase your employment prospects as you develop skills and knowledge in a broader range of subjects; it also equips you to pursue work or further study in either area upon graduation.

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