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Your Career in the Creative Arts

About This Job

Artists express ideas wrapped in emotions. They observe the world and create works that reflect the cultures of our time. Through a chosen medium, creative professionals support community identity through the guise of aesthetics and entertainment.

Working on the set next to Steven Spielberg creating the next blockbuster, collaborating with Annie Leibowitz on an iconic image that speaks to a generation, brainstorming with Ai Waiwai on an installation that will question our society or working on a new interactive installation in your own studio. This is the world of creative professions skilled in the support of a business while remaining founded in creativity.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts builds on your creative strengths, providing the necessary skills to work with talent and the business of creativity, secure funding in order to realize an artistic vision, plan and manage financial and human resources, understand legal and ethical considerations without losing sight of your creative contributions to your culture and the global artistic community.

Key Duties

  • Researching in support of a creative narrative film story, a factual documentary, a location for a video game or installation. 
  • Supporting artistic production planning and execution. 
  • Find and engage with talent in support of realizing a story. 
  • Design graphical elements for a video game or interactive exhibition. 
  • Write and produce projects. 
  • Create new fashions for an established label or for your own. 
  • Apply for funding from government and non-government sources.  
  • Create artistic works that support a culture while open to global possibilities. 
  • Collaborate with other artists. 

Work Environment

  • Flexible work hours/ evenings and weekends work 
  • Some jobs might be in the office environment 
  • Mix of independent and collaborative work environments. 
  • Experimentation with ideas and techniques. 
  • Studio environments with some hazardous equipment 

Critical Skills

  • Project management 
  • Negotiating 
  • Technical Skills 
  • Communication 
  • Creative Production 
  • Critiquing 
  • Artistic interpretation 
  • Production management 
  • Self Promotion 
  • Record keeping and reporting 
  • Creativity
  • Organization
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Self Motivated
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Accepting of criticism
  • Curiosity
  • Flexibility
  • Self motivated
  • Creative
  • Visionary
  • Detail oriented
  • Open minded
  • Adaptable
  • Communicative
  • Curious
  • Critical Thinking
  • Independent
  • Artistic

Professional Certifications/Licenses/Memberships

BCA program provides you with wide range of possible pathways to take after completion of your degree. Depending on the path you are planning to take within the creative field, it is also possible to join professional associations and unions and even get professional designation. Getting membership with such professional organization can provide you with opportunity to get newsletters, get notified about upcoming projects or job openings and get notified about conferences and professional development sessions. Each creative industry has its own professional associations.
  • Association for Creative Industries
  • Creative City Network of Canada
  • Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)
  • ACTRA Union- Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists
  • Job Search Tips - Where to Focus Your Time

    Building Professional Relationships (80%)
    • Engage with art, not just in your field, but in all forms of creative expression and become an expert in the language of creativity. 
    • Register for professional events in your area. Attend sessions where working artists are discussing how they create and manage their business. 
    • Volunteer to help other artists. 
    • Collaborate with fellow artists on projects of similar interest. 
    • Develop grant proposals and apply for funding in order to develop artistic projects.  
    • Build a portfolio based on your creativity and field of interest. 
    • Attend conferences, recruitment events and job fairs 
    • Find a mentor who is an expert in your industry 
    Online Activities (20%)
    • Build a strong resume and a cover letter- contact your YU Career Services to assist you 
    • Build and maintain a strong social media presence based on your and the work of other artists. 
    • Join professional association or union to receive newsletters, job opportunities and being up to date with industry trends 
    • Engage in artistic discussions online. 
    • Create a digital portfolio that is easily accessible. 
    • Stay connected with alumni via LinkedIn and other Social media 
    • Find job boards with specific focus on your creative industry 

      Example: Video Game Design Job Board  

      https://gamejobhunter.com/ 

      Jobs in Acting- https://www.mandy.com 

    FUNDING
    Interested to learn about possible funding opportunities for creative industry professionals in Canada?
    Visit this website:

    https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/exporting-creative-industries/funding-creative-industries.html

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