15 months after graduating
95% 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 manager.
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.
Researching your career options
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.
- Aerial Choreographer
- Artistic Director Choreographer And Performer
- Assistant Director and Sales Delivery Manager
- Assistant Manager
- Broadcast Assistant/Journalism Coordinator
- Content Creator
- Dance Practictioner
- Dance Teacher
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Duty Manager
- Educational Outreach Manager
- Funding And Sustainability Officer
- Managing Director, Creator And Founder
- Managing Producer
- Needs Facilitator
- Patient Support Champion
- Performance Artist
- Performer And Admin Events
- Programme Coordinator
- Remote Educational Content Creator And Tutor
- Sports Commentator
- Stone Merchant
- Student Engagement And Liaison
- Supply Teacher
- Swing Technician
- Theatre And Live Performing Artist
- Theatre Practitioner
- Website Manager
- Youth Worker
- Activate Management Ltd
- Dinky Dock Soft Play and Hire
- Ebb & Flow Dance Studio
- EMIS Health
- Exim Dance Company
- Explore Learning
- Full Table Productions
- Invertava Dance Collective
- Med Theatre
- Silver Rooms
- Tutor Hero
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 47 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.