Resources for parents and education providers
The screen industries are working hard to become more accessible and tackle concerns over issues such as nepotism and London-centricity.
Creative positions are some of the jobs least at risk from automation and being replaced by machine learning in the future and the screen industries are growing.
A broad education including creative as well as STEM (science, engineering, maths and technology) subjects will keep options open for your children or pupils.
Advice for parents
The UK is famous worldwide for our film, TV, visual effects (VFX), animation and games industries. Every day there are more and more jobs available in rewarding careers in the sector.
We know job security is a key factor when picking a career. Many screen industries do hire on a per-project basis (eg. for the length of one film or production) but many freelancers are hired consecutively by the same company and there are also permanent positions.
There are also non-creative jobs in the screen industries. Even film companies and games studios need HR managers and customer services departments. In these roles, drawing or artistic ability is not a factor. Similarly, as technologies evolve, more VFX and games companies are hiring engineers, maths graduates and coders.
There are opportunities for on-the-job training, apprenticeships and trainee schemes in every field, so university is not a requirement. A high percentage of workers are graduates, but the screen industries have long valued genuine enthusiasm, creativity, people skills and passion over qualifications. Find out more about potential routes in our advice for studying.
If your child is interested in the screen industries, try to support creative thinking at home. Get them to think critically about their favourite games, TV shows and films. Our job profiles provide more details about what the job titles on the credits mean.
Encourage your children to start making their own creative projects, whether those are films, music, or writing. Those projects could be the start of their future portfolio of work. Look in our advice for getting in for lists of free tools and software for starting in each screen industry. There are also many skilled roles that are less dependent on technology, such as costume-making.
Advice for education providers
Creative skills are widely required in the screen industry, but more and more creative roles are open for people with strengths in other areas. Maths graduates are moving into VFX jobs and engineers can apply their skills in games. The screen industries also require the full range of management and business skills, from accounting to public relations.
Applying STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) skills to creative projects in the classroom is a great way to demonstrate this versatile thinking to students. Encourage your students to deliver their work by video, express physics concepts through the way animals move in animation or how particles react in games.
Online resources such as Khan Academy can offer applied courses for interested students to follow at home, but you can also encourage after-school clubs and enrichment activities or engage students by getting them to think critically about their own favourite games, TV shows and films. If they want to find out more about who does what in those productions, you can use ScreenSkills' full list of screen industry job profiles to learn more about job descriptions, responsibilities and career routes into each role.
If you would like to download any of our resources for students, parents and education providers in PDF form click the links below:
- Creative Careers Teacher's Guide (PDF)
- Creative Careers Parent's Guide (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: Animation (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: Film (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: Games (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: TV (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: Visual effects (VFX) (PDF)
- Creative Careers Handout: Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) (PDF)
- A Map of Careers in TV Production: Craft and Technical Roles (PDF)
- A Map of Careers in TV Production: Editorial and Production Roles (PDF)
- A Map of Careers in Games (PDF)
- A Map of Careers in VFX (PDF)
- ScreenSkills' Freelance Toolkit (PDF)
- List of free open source software and tools for creatives (PDF)
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