The UK’s creative industries are now worth more than the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and life sciences sectors combined, and that value is estimated to increase to £130 billion by 2025.
One-in-eleven jobs are now in the creative industries and are regarded as more resilient to future automation than those in other employment sectors.
Good news, no doubt, but we know that’s not why you’re here. You’re here because you have a passion for creative practice in art, craft, design and media, a calling, that will take you out into a global marketplace. Share your proposition with us, and become part of our creative community.
£91.8bn contribution to the UK Economy in 2016
Creative industries have highest growth rate out of all sectors in the UK, growing twice as fast as the rest of the UK economy
1 million newly created jobs by 2030 in the UK creative industries
87% of creative industries workers are highly resistant to the risk of losing their role to automation in the future
The creative industries are now worth more than automotive, aerospace, oil and gas and life sciences sector combined
1 in 11 jobs in the UK is in the creative industries
Our new campaign features thirteen current students, recent graduates and alumni, each with their own compelling story to tell.
From a film student campaigning for change in Northern Ireland and a photography graduate documenting the power of nature in Hungary, to a graphic design student empowering black women in the creative industries, our campaign focuses on allowing each participant to broadcast their own manifesto.
Fashion graduate Lan Chen moved to the UK from China when she was 12 years old, moving from Scotland to Cornwall, before settling in Plymouth to start her studies. Lan’s final collection was highlighted as ‘one to watch’ at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
Shaun Williamson is a graphic designer driven by a passion for people and a desire to petition for change through his work. Joining Plymouth College of Art as a mature student in 2014, he believes you have to go out and fight to get what you want.
Fashion graduate Rowena Murphy has been elected as the 2018 Students’ Union President, thanks to her powerful campaign promoting the importance of mental health awareness in education.
Billy Langdown specialises in producing social documentary films and wants to inspire social change through his work. Billy attended Rally for Choice in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to create a short film to raise awareness of the pro-choice movement.
Award-winning photographer Nicholas White embraced Dartmoor during his studies at Plymouth College of Art, exploring the wilds and taking opportunities to capture the incredible local landscapes.
Frustrated by a lack of diversity in the creative industries, Graphic Designer Thyra Bankole is working to be an empowering force for black female artists. Craving a change of scenery, Thyra made the move from her hometown of London to study by the sea in Plymouth.
From small pencil sketches to large scale paintings, Fine artist Carlos Felix pushes himself to explore the evolving craft. Originally from Portugal, his family immigrated to the UK in 2002, where they have lived, worked and studied since.
With a passion for innovation in art, Ayeshah George joined Plymouth College of Art to begin her creative journey in the fashion industry. Looking for a new adventure, Ayeshah moved from Leicester to Plymouth to step out of her comfort zone and start crafting her future.
Photographer Luke Frost recently graduated from our UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design and now studies with us on our Undergraduate programme. His passion lies in exploring the coast and capturing the people and places that make Devon unique.
Daisy Lancaster graduated from Plymouth College of Art’s dedicated pre-degree campus, specialising in fashion and textiles. From costume design to fashion photography, she wants to make her voice heard through her passion for producing quality garments with a purpose.
Tom Gordon has built an enviable career as a freelance art director and print design specialist. His clients include some of the biggest names in the music industry, from Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson and Katy Perry to the iconic Rolling Stones.
Alan Qualtrough, a retired journalist and editor, chose to study at Plymouth College of Art because of the value he saw in an institution that prioritises making, learning and creating in a collaborative creative community.