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Arts & Performance: Insider Views

Arts & Performance

Insider Views

See what former students have done and get insights into working in the sector


  • Work can be creative
  • An opportunity to work in a field you have a passion for
  • Opportunities to perform and express yourself


  • Starting salaries can be low
  • Lots of competition for paid work
  • Pressure to work unpaid in order to get experience
  • If you are working freelance you may have long periods without work

What Our Graduates Do

These are some of the jobs that Sussex graduates have gone on to do in this field

  • Actor (studied Philosophy and English)
  • Model (studied English) 
  • Dance Teacher (studied History)
  • Musician, employed at Anthem (studied Professional Musicianship) 
  • Theatre Reception at the Royal Theatre of Bath (studied American Studies)


Notable Alumni

Here are some Sussex Graduates who have had successful careers in this sector

Jemma Griffiths


Studied: Law

Graduated: 1996

Jemma studied Law, but had little interest in the course itself. However, while at brighton to got involved with Music promotion and after graduating she set up her own specialist music label. She moved back to Wales in 1999 to work on her own music, and has released 3 albums. In 2004 her album Finally Woken reacher 6th in the UK album charts

Bob Mortimer


Studied: Law

Graduated: 1980

Bob Mortimer spent some of his time in university supporting political causes and worked in welfare law after he graduated. He became involved with comedy as a hobby and it grew more important as he grew disillusioned with law. He filmed his first TV pilot in 1988