Liverpool School of Art and Design career support

What could you do once you have graduated?

Ensuring our students have the skills they need to succeed in today’s jobs market is at the heart of all of our programmes. In this section we show you what career options might be open to you once you have graduated. We also outline how our School will boost your employability.

Possible careers and industries

Our graduates have gone on to work with respected companies across the globe, from ASOS to Trinity Publishing, Ted Baker to adidas. Here are a few of the careers you could go on to pursue once you have graduated:

  • Architect
  • Architectural visualisation
  • Illustrator
  • Design
  • Contemporary artist
  • Archive manager
  • Charity arts grant administrator
  • Photographer
  • Media communicator                                              
  • Buyer
  • Scientific artist
  • Curator
  • Stylist
  • Art insurance broker
  • Property developer
  • Surveyor
  • Brand manager
  • Designer/maker                                      

How we'll help you achieve your dream career

We're committed to helping you achieve your potential. Here are just a few ways we'll help you achieve your dream career:

Practical learning is a key part of your course

To make sure you graduate with the skills and experience employers require, we incorporate practical learning as part of our programmes. For example, BA (Hons) Fashion students work on live projects and competitions, which give an insight into what it is like to work with external clients at a professional industry level. These include projects with, Plexus Cotton, English National Ballet and i-D magazine. Also, third year students produce a group publication and website to coincide with their degree show.

We'll help you to secure work placements

Placements can help you gain invaluable expertise and knowledge, which is why we help you secure placements with relevant employers. Some of our students have been fortunate enough to gain placements with top brands including Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Chase PR.

We'll organise insightful field trips

We know you'll learn valuable lessons outside of lecture halls, which is why we organise field trips. Here are some examples of trips our students enjoy:


Field Trip

BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration

Students studying this programme have been on trips to: Typo London Conference; Pick-Me Up Print Festival London; Bauhaus, Dessau Print Exchange; AGI-Open Conference; OFFSET Dublin Design Conference and London Studio Visits.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

As part of Liverpool Biennial, students spend a week investigating the Biennial, including attending talks by Liverpool Biennial staff and going on numerous gallery visits.

The Fine Art department is also invited to regular gallery openings and talks.

BA (Hons) History of Art

We organise one four-night field trip each year and have previously been to Paris, Venice Biennale, Florence and Barcelona.

This trip is free for Level 4 students and optional for the other two levels who may choose to pay to attend.

BA (Hons) History of Art

Students go on a trip to the National Gallery and a two-day pottery practical workshop. There are also regular visits to Merseyside galleries and arts organisations.

BA (Hons) Architecture

A one-week workshop abroad takes place annually during October for Level 5 and 6 students, to either Rome or Barcelona.

Day trips are also organised to Birmingham, Brockholes and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

MArch Architecture

Trips are project related. Previously students have studied in Porto, Marseille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Essen and Duisburg.

 BA (Hons) Fashion

Study visits and field trips are integral to the Fashion programme. During the three-year course, students go on an international visit to a fashion city.

Students also go on a variety of one-day visits.

We'll help you create global links

To help you develop a career with international scope we encourage you to study or work abroad. We do this as part of the Erasmus+ Programme and through our partnerships with institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. We also provide international bursaries for summer travel to China and Italy.

We'll offer you tickets to cultural events

As part of your course you might be offered tickets to cultural events, such as concerts, film screenings, music performances and social events.

We'll invite industry experts to speak to you

The Architecture Society, which is run by undergraduate students, organises an excellent lecture series throughout the year, which has attracted highly acclaimed speakers, including: Didier Faustino, Space Cavier, Filip Dujardin, Pernilla Orhstedt, Rachel Armstrong and David Adjaye. The School also hosts architecture symposia and provides access to other programme-relevant talks held as part of Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, FACT and Bluecoat.

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.