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Secrets of the Sectors: Creative Arts

As the largest sector in the UK, creative industries contribute £92 billion to the economy every year. This growing sector is expected to continue expanding, with it predicted that the sector could be worth £128.4 billion to the UK in 2025. Additionally, the field of creative arts could help create up to a million jobs by the year 2030; great news for budding artists out there!

This sector is great for people who are practical and hands-on, leading to work in roles such as artistry and designing. However, those wanting to get into the creative arts sector can choose a rang of groups to work in; not just practical work. These groups span from advertising and marketing, design and fashion, to film, TV and radio, and there are many more. Within each group there are smaller sub-groups; meaning there are so many job roles out there for budding creative art workers to choose from.

If you think the creative arts sector is the one for you, here are just a few of the companies that take on graduates:

  • Grey London (Advertising)
  • English Heritage (Cultural heritage)
  • National Trust (Cultural heritage)
  • Harrods (Design)
  • Burberry (Fashion)
  • Next (Fashion)
  • Ealing Studios (Film/TV)
  • Pinewood Studios (Film/TV)
  • Opera North (Music)
  • Warner Music Group (Music)
  • Bloomsbury (Publishing)
  • Penguin Random House (Publishing)

Points to Consider

  • Workers of this industry can expect to need to spend a lot of time practicing their craft; devoting a lot of time to honing it to perfection.
  • Workers in this industry are often self-employed, freelance, or work on short-term contracts.
  • Lower salaries can be expected when first starting in the industry.
  • A broad range of working environments.
  • Varied and uncertain working hours.
  • Travel and working away from home.

Where should I study?

Whilst art refers to many fields of study, the UK boasts some of the best art universities in the world. If you are interested in studying Creative Art at a degree level, consider the following universities:

  • Royal College of Art
  • University of the Arts, London
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Goldsmiths, London
  • The Glassgow School of Art

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