How to become an art editor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can do a degree in:
- graphic design
- fine art
- art and design
You'll usually need:
- a foundation diploma in art and design
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could apply for a job as an assistant editor after completing a college course. Relevant subjects include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Photography
- Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design
- Level 4 Diploma in Interactive Design and Development
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could get into this job by joining a magazine as a graphic designer or picture editor, then move on to become deputy art editor then editor.
You should look to build up your contacts in the industry to help find paid work. You can do this by:
- creating a blog or having a social media presence
- building a website
- designing published materials such as books, magazines, brochures, leaflets or websites for charities or student organisations
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got the right skills and experience. For specialist magazines, you may have an advantage if you have a special interest or background in the publication's subject matter.
For example, an interest in science or architecture will be useful if you want to work on magazines covering those topics.
Internships can be a good way to get experience. This will help you to build a portfolio that showcases your print designs and art layout skills to employers. It will also give you a better understanding of the magazine industry.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it useful to join the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can also find out more about working in art, publishing and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.