Let’s give the creative industries the respect they deserve

The Government recently published a review of the creative industries’ economic contribution to the wider UK economy. The report revealed that the creative industries have been hugely outperforming other parts of the economy. This often overlooked part of our economy is of huge importance to the UK economy and it is important that we start to celebrate its success.

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Design Bookshelves by loungerie

The report showcased a number of interesting statistics:


GVA (Gross Value Added)

Exports of Services

This news, although welcome, comes as no surprise to students and faculty at Alliance Universities, who have long been championing the importance of harnessing the UK’s creativity to promote economic growth. For over 150 years they have been leading in creative industries education and research and are at the forefront of innovation and growth in this area.

With a growing demand for graduates with skills relevant to the creative economy it is time we took courses such as Graphic Design and Media Production more seriously and give them the respect they deserve. Nurturing this creativity and giving students the skills needed to create movies, produce music and develop the next blockbuster computer game will be vital to driving growth and ensuring the UK has a strong future.

University Alliance will be launching Design& Education: Creating the Future at the Design Council in London on Tuesday 25 March 2014. Find out more here.

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