£24,440 Average salary at age 20
£50,440 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

Main Tasks

  • Chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget;
  • Directs actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects;
  • Breaks script into scenes and formulates a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets;
  • Prepares rehearsal and production schedule for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals;
  • Ensures necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required;
  • Manages health and safety issues;
  • Selects, contracts, markets and arranges for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.


Entry can be via academic qualifications, BTEC/SQA awards, diplomas or degrees in sector-relevant subjects. Apprenticeships are available at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in some areas.

What Arts officers, producers and directors studied in higher education

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What Arts officers, producers and directors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies5
(W1) Fine art3
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music7
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography17
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama13
(J9) Others in technology2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(P5) Journalism5
(V5) Philosophy1
(N1) Business studies1
(P3) Media studies25
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

122500 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
10593 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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