At EPAC, students develop a range of practical and creative skills and gain valuable experience through internships, projects for external organisations, exhibitions, competitions and building a portfolio of work. By the time you are finished, your portfolio will contain examples of your own ideas as well as coursework. Entering competitions and exhibitions is important to make your work be seen and appreciated outside the classroom.
This activity outside school will help you to build a network and make useful contacts who may be able to help you in the future.Widen your net to also include friends and family. This can also be included in your portfolio and in the list of commissions on your CV.
Remember that as a student, time for professional activity is limited but work within the community can be valuable. Any art-related employment or experience while studying, such as summer camps, presents an opportunity to develop both your portfolio and network.
Here is a short list of some of the careers that EPAC alumni have chosen.
Art Gallery Manager
Responsible for the commercial and artistic success of the gallery, selecting art and artists to enhance the gallery's reputation and to bring in money from the sales of their artwork.
Working on large commercial exhibitions, cultural exhibitions or temporary displays for businesses and retailers.
Creating original works of art, through a particular medium such as drawing, painting, sculpture, video etc. You will try many different areas but become a specialist in your career.
Use visual art to help people struggling express their feelings, communicate verbally and confront difficult emotional issues.
Graphic designer covers a variety activities, such as developing websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity.
Lecturer or Teacher
Teaching in an academic or vocational environment, includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations, field work and e-learning. As multimedia technologies become increasingly prevalent in schools, the need for students to understand how to use them effectively is growing.
Create drawings and images to communicate a story, message or idea. This may then be used in across a variety of media including advertisements, books, magazines, packaging, greeting cards and newspapers.
Manage activities and projects in the arts sector, helping artists to showcase their work. Examples include art festivals, theatres, museums and art centres.
Multimedia Artist or Animator
Multimedia artists skilled in drawing and animation provide the animation for films, television, video games and other media.
Art graduates often become freelance and independent business people. This gives you the freedom to pick and choose projects close to your heart and to choose the area of specialty where you wish to become known.