15 months after graduating
91% of our performing arts graduates are in work or further study*
Studying at the Plymouth
Conservatoire will open a wide
range of career choices. You could look at channelling your creative talents by
pursuing a career in the theatre. If you want to be on stage, then a career as
a professional actor or dancer may appeal. If you do not want to perform but
you are creative, you may enjoy roles such as directing, producing, playwriting
or theatre/set design. If you are more practical, you may want to consider
roles such as lighting technician, music technician or stage manager.
Roles can be competitive and once you have your foot in
the door, many of the positions involve freelance work. To find out more about freelancing
or running your own business, check out our Self-employment and Freelancing page.
Due to the variety of transferable skills that you will
gain from studying the performing arts, you could hone your skills to attract
audiences and promote shows by working as a marketing officer or marketing
You could also use your creative skills to inspire others
and work as a teacher (i.e., primary, secondary, or in further education) or
higher education lecturer. Teaching opportunities are also available outside of
a traditional classroom setting and you could consider using your artistic
flair to engage with people as a Community Arts Practitioner.
If you believe in the power of theatre to help improve and transform people’s lives – such as those of
individuals who are facing mental or physical health difficulties – you could consider
training as a dramatherapist. Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings,
including the NHS, schools, prisons and charities.
When considering your options, remember that having an
online digital presence (e.g., Instagram or a website) is essential to
presenting your experience to potential employers and evidencing your skills.
It is worth remembering that many performing arts graduates
take the skills that they have learnt elsewhere and find their way into less
directly-related graduate professions, including marketing, the civil service
and the charity sector.
With such a wide range
of careers open to you as a performing arts graduate, it is important to
make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make
informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the following websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some University of Plymouth
graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some
graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to other roles by
providing relevant workplace experience.
- Managing Director, Creator and Founder
- Website Manager
- Portfolio Towards QTLS Qualification
- Supply Teacher
- Patient Support Champion
- Student Engagement And Liaison
- Youth Worker
- Aerial Choreographer
- Dance Practictioner
- Performer And Admin Events
- Swing Technician
- Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) Complaint Handler
- Funding And Sustainability Officer
- Activate Management Ltd
- Allum & Sidaway
- Dinky Dock Soft Play and Hire
- EMIS Health
- Exim Dance Company
- Magic Mike Live London
- McFarlene's Care Products - Men's Care Products
- Med Theatre
Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were
surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 23
UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working,
studying or looking for work.