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Explore our Postgraduate Courses

As well as our impressive undergraduate courses we also have a range of postgraduate courses if you wish to enhance your knowledge and skill set within a particular subject area.

For details of this year's course please see below:

Explore the option of becoming an Art teacher with us

Application to the PGCE (Art & Design) course on our Coleraine campus is completed online and is normally open for application from September each year.- PGCE: Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Art & Design

The closing date varies annually so students need to check this and complete their application in good time.

Applications to PGCE courses in the England and Wales are through UCAS. These courses fill up very quickly so students are advised to apply early in semester 1 in their final year.

Explore some of the Universities our students have studied abroad at

The key findings from the British Council’s Broadening Horizons 2016 research document addressing the impact of study abroad found that 91% were likely to recommend study abroad to other students and would emphasise positive value to their social, personal and professional lives with better degree outcomes, higher levels of employment and higher salaries for those who have had international study experiences.

School of Art and Design's students are currently studying at the following universities:

For details regarding modules and subjects areas which can be studied abroad please contact (Alison Gault)

The Student Study Abroad Guide gives you full details of all of the study abroad programmes available and how to apply for them.

The Staff Study Abroad Guide gives staff full details of all of the study abroad programmes available and how to advise students about how to apply for the right one for them.

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Explore which option is best for you after graduation

Ways to get your career on the right path, right now

As you enter your final year at university, it’s a smart idea to get thinking about your job prospects as soon as possible. Many employers and training providers recruit early in final year so it is important to be switched on to early deadlines and know about the range of graduate schemes, programmes and opportunities that are available to you – and how you can be successful in your application.

The most successful students are those who have done their research, are aware of what they need to do and by when, and are proactive in achieving their goals. Yes, there’s plenty to do, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to guide and help you every step of the way.

Firstly, consider the degree you have chosen and where it could take you. Some degrees are vocational, where you are training for a specific job role. Others are non-vocational where the degree can lead to many different career paths.

Either way, while you are studying at university it is useful to know what your options are and to keep focussed on both achieving a good degree, and developing the skills, qualities and experience required for any given future graduate career.

Ready to get started?

Find out more about what you can do with your degree, by taking a look at the main graduate career websites:

What are your options after you graduate?

Remember that many career pathways are open to graduates from any degree discipline, so there are multiple possibilities. You just have to identify what they are and where to find those opportunities.

To help you, we’ve highlighted these useful links:-

Employment

Click if you are prepared to apply for employment

Fine tune your graduate job hunting skills

Click if you're not sure how to prepare for employment

Click to learn more and apply to start developing your experience

Further Study

Click if you are prepared to apply for further study

Click if you want to learn about further study

Click if you want to find out about teacher training

Graduate Internships

Ulster University offers graduate internships exclusively to recent Ulster graduates. You can begin to apply towards the end of your final year. Click here to find out more

Self Employment

Working for yourself is an option for any new graduate.

Click here to find out if it's right for you and what it takes to set up your own business.

Having the drive to start out on your own is half the battle, but the key question is “Where do I go from here?”  To find out more about what’s involved, check out The Ortus Group's guide.

Check out these inspiring case studies where local businesses have achieved great success from a standing start.

Time out

Perhaps after your final year the only thing you can think about is taking some time out. That's ok but you can still use this time effectively. Click to find out if you should take a gap year after university

EDGE Award

Explore how you will achieve the EDGE Award by selecting the final activities you need to complete it

You can check how many activities you have completed so far here

Graduate Internships

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Plan what you will do with your degree and what activities you could get involved with in the Belfast School of Art to enhance your employability!

It’s time to start planning how you will enhance your employment prospects in the future!

In the Belfast School of Art our commitments to work based learning and the optional placement year leading to the award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP or DPPi) or a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) are unique aspects of our programmes and ensures that our graduates are well-equipped for employment.

Plan

t’s time to start planning how you will enhance your employment prospects in the future!

In the Belfast School of Art our commitments to work based learning and the optional placement year leading to the award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP or DPPi) or a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) are unique aspects of our programmes and ensures that our graduates are well-equipped for employment.

Plan which postgraduate course you will apply for

As well as our impressive undergraduate courses we also have a range of postgraduate courses if you wish to enhance your knowledge.

For details of this year's course please see below:

Are you planning on becoming an art teacher?

Application to the PGCE (Art & Desig)) course on our Coleraine campus is completed online and is normally open for application from September each year.- PGCE: Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Art & Design

The closing date varies annually so students need to check this and complete their application in good time.

Applications to PGCE courses in the England and Wales are through UCAS. These courses fill up very quickly so students are advised to apply early in semester 1 in their final year.

Plan what you can do with your Art and Design degree

There are many areas that you can use your degree in Art to develop an exciting career path. Please click on the following link to see a graduate career map of sectors and job titles.

Why not try a skills reflection and career path test to see some options of what you can do with your arts degree.

Also take a look at what our graduates have achieved and be inspired by their career journeys!

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Investigate what career your skills would be best suited to

Now is a great time to reflect on the skills you have and what degree would be best suited to you.

Also browse our School of Art and Design Graduate Career Journeys and be inspired by who your degree from the School of Art and Design can lead to!

Get applying!

We have a range of Post Graduate courses to choose from that will provide the basis for your career.

These courses include:

Plan for your graduate career by researching your options and how to be successful in the recruitment process

Plan your next move in getting the career you want

Finding the perfect job takes organisation and planning. The sooner you start, the sooner you can make the most of the opportunities available to you through the university.

Graduate Jobs

From the start of your final year you can apply for graduate jobs and schemes. Thousands of roles are advertised each year and many large graduate recruiters have deadlines early in final year so be aware of these dates and their application procedures.

Find out more

We advertise graduate jobs through Graduate Recruit. You can plan how to Apply and Compete so you hit the ground running when it comes to making your application.

Graduate Internships

These are paid roles that are exclusive to Ulster graduates.

Find out more

Graduate Training Programmes

Check out our Facebook page Careers at Ulster regularly to find out about programmes and schemes that are available for new graduates.

Additional information

Plan how you are going to complete your EDGE Award

Check your EDGE progress and plan which activities you can complete in your final year.

Volunteering

Volunteering is not only your chance to give something back to the community, but also enables you to try different areas of work, gain critical work experience and develop transferable skills that will strengthen your CV. Find volunteering advice and opportunities that suit your interests and career aspirations with our recommended resource. Book a careers appointment and search for opportunities on Recruit.

Plan and research a start up business

You have a business idea? Great, now is the time you need to expand this and flesh out your planning.  Use this guide to writing a business plan and contact Ortus to access business planning support.

Take control of your career in your final year

Minimise your anxiety and maximise your success by going in with your eyes open and your mind fully prepared for the challenges that await you.

Visit the Employability Portal to the skills section.  This will give you information on the skills you need to sell yourself and everything you need to know about different graduate recruitment processes.

Search for graduate jobs

All graduate jobs that come into the University are advertised on Careers Connect. You can search for graduate jobs, set up your own weekly job alerts, sign up for our employer events or career masterclasses and book your own careers advice appointments.

Graduate internships

We have paid graduate internships exclusive to Ulster University graduates that lead to job offers more than half the time. The Professional Experience Programme (PEP) and Santander SME Internship programme can be extremely useful to final year students as they progress through your final year. Register now to view opportunities.

Ready to start your own business?

Sign up at City Business Hub and attend a free workshop to network and expand your knowledge base. Check out Ortus City Business Hub.

Professional Experience Programme

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What the Belfast School of Art would expect you to have accomplished by this stage of your career development

  1. Explored a range of career options within the School of Art and Design's Graduate Destinations diagram.
  2. Carried out the Art and Design's careers skills audit.
  3. Taken a look at a range of our graduates profiles and reflected on their experiences and advice to you in terms of how they have gained successful employment.
  4. Explored the range of courses available to study in the Belfast School of Art to see which is right for you.
  5. Completed a UCAS personal statement which demonstrates your focus and desire to achieve a career in Art and Design.
  6. Sought careers advice from your careers teacher or the Employability and Careers Hub at Ulster Unviersity.

Checklist the Careers Development Centre recommends you complete by the end of university

Check your progress so far

By this stage in your studies, according to the Career Development Centre, you should be able to say yes to the following activities:

  • I have researched my career options and understand what it takes to get into my area of interest
  • I have developed my CV for graduate level employment
  • I have learned about the range of activities in the graduate recruitment process and practiced interviews and psychometric tests
  • I have made applications for graduate roles/further study opportunities
  • I have developed my LinkedIn profile and made new connections to develop my network.
  • I have met with my Career Development Consultant to discuss my options and how to move forward
  • I have achieved 4 activities for the EDGE Award or 6 activities for EDGE Excel

Graduate Internships

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