If you’re one of those people who can’t wrap their head around Pythagoras theorem, but can spend hours sketching on the blank pages of their exam booklet it might be worth looking at a Bachelor of Design Arts.

While you might believe the myth that doing a degree in art won’t land you a job, there’s plenty of career opportunities out there for those of us who are a bit more creative.

1. Tattooing

The tattoo industry isn’t highly regulated in Australia however, the Australian Tattooist Guild says the best way to start training in tattooing is to get accredited in Cross Contamination and do some form of art training (like a Bachelor of Design Arts with a major in Visual Arts). Your artistic skills will help you build a solid portfolio which can lead to an apprenticeship and then you’re well on your way to starting your tattooing career.

2. Interior Design

If you’ve ever watched The Block and thought you could style a room better than half those couples, are constantly rearranging your room (and then giving your mum a tour) and have a perfectly curated Pinterest board of what your future house will look like, then interior design could be for you and a Bachelor of Design Arts with a major in Interior Design is your way in.

3. Art Therapy

While you won’t be able to become an art therapist purely with a Design Arts degree, it’s a step in the right direction if you’re keen to put your artistic skills to good use. Majoring in Visual Arts will give you a solid foundation that you can build on to help out people who are struggling.

4. Pattern Making

A Design Arts degree with a major in Fashion & Costume Design is your way into the fashion industry. If you’re not sure what pattern making entails, just watch an episode of Project Runway and you’ll get the gist. They work closely with designers; interpreting sketches and initial design concepts to develop an overall style that aligns with a particular aesthetic, which can then be used to manufacture a complete garment. You might even go on to create your very own label.

5. Illustration

Ever wanted to see your name printed on the front of a book, but knew you’re just not the sort of person to write one? A Design Arts degree could land you a job in something like illustration. With a choice of majors like Visual Arts and Graphic & Digital Design within this degree, you’ll be able to flex your creative muscles and design collateral for everything from picture books, novels, magazines, film, television and multimedia.

6. Set Design

A Design Arts degree could have you working as a set designer in all kinds of studios and theatres. You’ll work closely with directors and producers to build out a creative vision. While you’ll have the chance to specialise in film, television or theatre, you won’t be locked into one specific job; there’s plenty of overlap and a variety of jobs out there.

7. Animation

You can put your artistic skills to work in the form of an animator where you’ll develop visual effects and images for TV, movies and games. This isn’t your typical single drawing or painting- animators need to build and develop a series of artworks; usually in a variety of formats, including computer and hand drawn work.

8. Advertising

Think about all the ads that have stuck in your mind. The super clever Air New Zealand Chrissy ad that’s just been released, the famous “kiss me Katut” or “my mum gave me milo to go and go and go”.

We could list a tonne of creative campaigns (and give you all kinds of nostalgia) but the point we’re making is that some creative mind had to come up with them in the first place. If you think you’re the sort of person who could be the mastermind behind all sorts of creative campaigns (not just TV ads) then you should probably get stuck into a Design Arts degree with a major in Communication Design.

If any of these sound like your dream job, you need to check out LCI Melbourne’s Bachelor of Design Arts. It’s a three-year course that will build on your artistic skills and help you land a job where you can be creative. They have options to major in a range of areas like Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Communication Design, Interior Design or Fashion & Costume.  If you wanna know a bit more about them, head over here to suss what’s on offer and chuck in your details for all the info.

photo cred: Sydney Artist “Phuckos”

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