Why consider a career in the creative industries?
The creative industries as a whole are now worth around £101.5 billion. It’s an area that’s grown at nearly twice the rate of the economy since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing industries in recent years. In 2017, it was estimated that there were over three million jobs in the creative industries. 78% of the creative industries workforce have degrees, including 83% of BAME workers and 81% of female workers.
24% of the creative industries workforce is freelance. Whilst this option offers more control over your work and creative freedom, it can be demanding as freelancers are self-employed, so freelancing won’t be for everyone.
What are creative industries?
Creative industries are defined by nine creative sectors:
- Advertising and Marketing
- Design (product, graphic and fashion)
- IT, software and computer services
- Museums, galleries and libraries
- Music, performing and visual arts
Are there any higher and degree apprenticeships in this area?
Although not much is available in terms of higher and degree apprenticeships at the moment, some are in development. Some examples of what is currently available include:
- Assistant technical director (visual effects) – level 4
- Bespoke tailor and cutter – level 5
- Broadcast and media systems engineer – level 6 including degree
- Cultural heritage conservation technician – level 4
- Junior 2D Artist – level 4
- Outside broadcast engineer – level 7
What financial support is available?
Financial support may be available in the form of a student loan, depending on where the young person is studying. Bursaries or scholarships may be available from charities or institutions. For example, the National Youth Arts Trust grants bursaries to young people aged between 12 and 25 who would otherwise be unable to afford to access opportunities in the arts. For more information, look at individual institutions to find out what they offer.