Creative Industries

Creative Industries are Booming

  • Grew by 7.6% in 2016, more than double the average 3.5% growth rate across the UK economy, contributing a record £91.8bn.
  • UK Creative Industries contribute £10.5 million pounds an hour to the economy.
  • Between 2011 and 2016 there was a 17% rise in the number of jobs in the UK film industry.

  • The core music industry contributed around £4.6bn to the economy and supported 142,000 jobs in 2016.
  • UK games industry contributed £4.3bn to the economy in 2016, driven by strong growth in mobile gaming and VR.

(UK Government figures)


Working with Industry

The success of the UK Creative Industries is driven by a highly skilled creative workforce. We continually consult and involve industry professionals in our course design and make changes to ensure what we teach remains relevant. By providing our students with cutting-edge facilities we help prepare them for work and ensure students leave our University confident they have the workplace skills employers love.


Working Together

Courses in Games Design, Illustration, Music and Media Production, Commercial Music, Creative Music Technology, Music Production, Photography, Digital Media and Graphic Design will be taught in the new Arts building. But this new development is all about encouraging creative collaboration and making connections across different subject areas. We expect students from many subject areas to benefit from these new facilities.


Creative Kent

Minutes from the beautiful Kent coastline and within easy reach of London and the exciting artistic scenes of Margate, Folkestone and Whitstable, the Arts building will form a new cultural centre for the South East of England and support and inspire the next generation of artistic professionals.

  • Turner Contemporary in Margate
  • Folkestone Triennial
  • Whitstable Biennale
  • London less than an hour away