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by Jasminne Gwalter

Student Recruitment and Enquiries Operations Coordinator at Arts University Plymouth

posted on 15 May '23

The future needs creatives – reasons to consider a creative course

It is no secret that creative learning subjects in our schools and colleges have sharply declined in recent years. However, the creative industries in the UK are booming, estimated to be worth around £115.9 billion and accounting for 5.9% of the UK economy. In fact, Oxford Economics predict that with the right investment, the UK’s creative industries will recover from the pandemic faster than the UK economy as a whole, growing by over 26% by 2025 and creating 300,000 new jobs.

Reasons to engage in creative thinking and making

Not everyone reading this will favour art over PE, but the transferable skills that you pick up from your creative subjects will set you up to succeed in a variety of different career paths and support your professional development and general wellbeing in many ways.

Art, design and media are a motor for economic growth and job creation, but just as importantly, creativity drives innovation and makes communities in all parts of the UK happier, healthier places for us to live in. The British Journal of Clinical Psychology published a study which demonstrates when people are involved in arts-oriented activities, they see a boost in positive emotions and a reduction in negative emotions - bringing about greater overall happiness.

The ability to think critically, some would say, is as important as Maths and English. Having the ability to ask ‘why?’ as well as ‘how?’ and to analyse the subject matter in order to form a clear judgement and continue to make informed decisions as well as demonstrate problem- solving capabilities. These skills can give you the confidence to approach education, work and live independently and with resilience.

Hands-on subjects are a way of learning by doing, allowing those who thrive in these environments to feel more comfortable in their abilities. Practical subjects allow you to explore, developing your skills and practice and take this confidence forward to apply to your core subjects, as well as improving your concentration. This provides a platform for you to feel prepared when taking part in GCSE qualifications, A-Levels, or any other more vocational type of subject.

Universities offer creative workshops

Often schools and colleges have their hands tied when it comes to providing a way for all students to access creative subjects for their GCSEs or A-Levels. However, many universities offer a variety of free masterclasses or practical workshops to help you engage in creative study whilst also exploring higher education. This can be a wonderful way to allow you to get a feel for what it might be like to study a creative subject at university, whilst giving you the opportunity to engage in a new activity and skill, build your confidence and professional and personal relationships with your peers and beyond.

Through creativity, you can develop an ability as a natural problem solver, preparing you for further study and employment, and equipping you with the skills that will be needed to tackle the problems of the future.

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