Progression in art and design

Spatical design, graphic design, writing/anaitical, fashion/textile design, digital/multi-media, 3D product design and fine art design. There are many different career paths within the creative spectrum, the one which is more ideal for me would be fashion/textile design and digital media fluke photography.

Fashion/textile design and digital media-

My Fmp will portray both studio photography and fashion design. I’ve always wanted to go down the career path, I am experimenting with fashion design through my Fmp to see if it’s the right career path for me and if I’m capable of doing it however I also have a mind set on photography and working within studio photography so I’m merging both together to see if I enjoy them both and it if they are career paths I would enjoy and seeing which I would prefer to do and if I can produce the work at a high quality standard. My ideal future career would be to work for a industry like Victoria Secrets in the future.

Research into the fashion industry/ photography industry –

Fashion Industry-

Work activities-

On this website it explains what work will be entailed within the career and what would be expected of me-

  • Working from instructions like a brief
  • Predicting/ analysing different trends, fabrics, colours and shapes which will come into fashion.
  • Producing moodboards and concept such as a collection of different items to capture mood, like photos, fabric pieces and colour samples.
  • Developing different basic shapes through patterns
  • Estimating the costs of different materials and the cost of the manufacture
  • Finding suppliers for materials etc.
  • Supervising people making the clothing which you’ve designed to make sure it goes to plan.
  • Making in-house presentations, for people like the finance departments and the merchandisers

Within this career I would end up probably working very close with garment technologists and sample machinits. You would also end up probably negotiating with manufacturers to make sure that designs are produced and reproduced accurately.

Working Hours and conditions-

Withinin the fashion industry you would have to work to meet deadlines, often work long hours and weekends to meet deadlines, for example when it comes to a new design collection a lot of work would have to be provided to create this and would have to meet many deadlines and create many designs to create it.

With this industry you would probably work in a studio or workshop, but you would probably travel around to visit manufacturers maybe sometimes overseas. You would also end up going on research visits, like art galleries, trade shows or to particular places or countries that are related to different design themes.


starting in the fashion industry the beginning salaries are £18,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience and more responsibility within the industry you would probably earn about £25,000 and £40,000. Senior designers can earn up to around £60,000 a year and more. Freelance designers will probably charge per design or per collection and the rates will vary very widely.

Entry Requirements-

Within this industry you will probably need a higher education qualification like a foundation degree, HND or degree to be a fashion designer. The best course is a fashion designer course dew to it giving you the skills of both design and the practical knowledge you will need for within the industry. For example Univeristy of Leeds does a fashion design course.

Training and development-

Firstly you’d start off as a design assistant before working up the ladder to an actual fashion designer. Practical job experience and a good track record are good pointers to help progress in this career. You can develop your skills and knowledge within the career by doing short courses within the fashion business or get a postgraduate course.

To get professional recognition you could join the organisations like Textile Institute or chartered society of designers. These are professional bodies that offer continuing professional development options, seminars, conferences and workshops.

Creative Skillset-

Chartered Society of Designers-

Textile Institute-

Skills, interests and qualities-

Within the fashion industry you will have to have these kind of skills, qualities and interests;

  • A good eye for colour, texture and shape
  • An understanding of the characteristics of fabrics  and how they can be used
  • Technical skills such as pattern cutting and sewing
  • The ability to spot and develop trends
  • Drawing skills
  • The ability to use computer design packages
  • An understanding of production processes
  • The ability to solve problems
  • Commercial awareness
  • The ability to work as part of a team

Photography industry-

Work activites-

With photography you usually specialise within one sector for example-

  • General or social like weddings and portraits
  • Advertising and editorial like advertisements, magazines and photo libraries
  • Press and photojournalism like newspapers and magazines
  • Fashion like photographing models and clothing for magazines and catalogues
  • Corporate like company promotional material
  • Scientific of medical like recording scientific research or medical conditions and treatment

With a lot of photography, your work would include

  • You would have to discuss the project with the client and receive instructions from them also maybe known as a brief
  • Choosing and getting locations ready for different photo shoots
  • Select the right cameras, film and accessories
  • Setting up lighting and equipment
  • Composing and taking shots
  • Check the quality of your images
  • Using digital software like photoshop and lightroom to touch up your images
  • Process and print photos
  • If you are self-employed you will have to market and run your business

You may end up employing an assistant to help a shoot run nicely. An assistant can help set up equipment, prepare sets and props, look after clients, keep records and help with the printing and the administration.

Working Hours and Conditions-

You can work a range of different hours within this career dew to shoots taking a few hours and editing your images through different software also however if your self-employed you’d have to be very flexible with days you work. A lot of time may be taken up with travelling around to different locations or studios to do work.

The working environment within photography can change to outdoor locations, indoor locations and within the studio.


For assistant photographers you can make around £12,000 to £17,000 a year. Full time photographers can earn up to around £18,000 to £50,000 a year. With free lance photographers they are usually paid for each job or are paid hourly.

Entry Requirements-

Quite a lot of professional photographers take a college or University degree to develop and progress their skills in photography. Contacts and experience within this industry are as importand as degrees.

You will need a knowledge within digitial software such as photoshop and lightroom. To be able to do a higher education degree within photography you will probably need a A level in art and design or media, or a photography art and design qualification at level 3.

You will need to create a portfolio that shows what your potentials are within for example some of your best work in it to capture peoples eye. Some of the best courses within higher education are ones that offer you a chance at workign within the photography industry dew to experience within this industry is one of your best shots at getting a good job within photography and experience helps progress and develop your skills and ideas.

Finding work a an assistant photographer is a good way of gettign experience and it will help build your portfolio up.

Training development-

When working as a photographer or assistant this is one of the best and easiest ways to develop your skills and experience. If your a profesional photographer, you will find it very helpful to join professional groups such as BIPP or AOP to get a hold of training opportunities and networking opportunities.

A link to see more about getting trainign and networking opportunites-

Skills, interests and qualities-

To get into the photography industrusty you will need to:

  • Be creative and be good at capturing form, shape and colour
  • Be practical and have technical photographic skills
  • Have good communication
  • People Skills
  • Be able to make people feel relaxed when taking their photos
  • Patience
  • Concentration
  • Reliability
  • Good orginisation
  • Time managment skills
  • Compute skills- photoshop and lightroom
  • Be good with business
  • Be able to market yourself
  • Motivation
  • Determination

More information at-

Creative skillset-

Creative skillset-

British Institue of Professional Photography (BIPP)-

Association of Photographers-






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