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Creative Arts and Design Industry Studies See Steep Decline for Upcoming Academic Year

Posted by Brenna McKinley at 12:00 on 02 Nov 2011
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If there were ever a time to channel your inner DIY creativity, it is now. Creative arts and design university courses are facing low application numbers for the coming academic year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

A 27.1 per cent drop in applications in these fields, as well as a 7.9 per cent decline in university applications across all disciplines could mean a hike in university tuition. An increase as much as £9000 to the average university tuition is expected next year, as low interest calls for changes in funding to the higher-education system.

The number of creative art and design students in the UK has grown by nearly 25 per cent since 2003-2004, however it seems as if lack of professional experience gained from the design curriculum has resulted in more than a third of art and design graduates being unable to find work up to three years after receiving their diplomas. One solution, industry reports suggest, is to integrate a year of direct industry work into design courses in order to cut down on the amount of post-graduate unemployment in the creative design field.

Reader comments from Designweek also suggest that lack of industry experience contributes to making creative arts and design students “unemployable.”

“Having a degree from an art or design school does not mean you are talented,” one reader posted. Industry figures and feedback suggest that the best way to attain credibility as a creative artist or designer is to gain as much hands on experience as possible, so if you are interested in honing your design skills, the state of the current market should encourage you to experiment with your design ideas on your own.

For the full article, see www.designweek.co.uk.


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