Working in art, craft, design and media

One key aim of Lightbox is to support art and design departments deliver and assess both the discipline specific and cross-disciplinary skills that those working in today’s creative industries need.

The Creative Industries

In the United Kingdom the Creative Industries are officially defined as ‘those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property’ (DCMS 2001).

The Creative industries include the following sectors: Advertising and marketing; Architecture; Crafts; Product, Graphic and Fashion Design; Film, TV, video, radio and photography; IT, software and computer services; Publishing; Museums; Galleries and Libraries; Music; Performing and Visual Arts.

New figures published in 2016 show that that the United Kingdom’s Creative Industries are worth £84.1 billion per year to the British economy and the sector is growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy – generating £9.6million per hour (DCMS 2016). Total jobs in the creative economy across the UK increased by 5.1 per cent between 2014 and 2015 (2.8 million to 2.9 million jobs) and by 19.6 per cent since 2011 ( 2016).