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Creative and design

Stepping into the creative sector is an excellent choice of career pathway for any learner. Employing more than 2 million people, the creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy, generating more than £100 billion a year.

Sector insights

Creative and design skills are highly sought after. Individuals working in these industries play a crucial role in helping a diverse range of organisations to be innovative and impactful, whilst staying relevant in their fields.

And, although the digital age revolutionises the way that many industries operate, nothing can replicate a human’s capacity for creativity. In fact, 87% of highly creative workers are at low to no risk of automation - meaning these jobs will remain in high demand over the coming years as the industry seeks to find 1.2 million new workers over the next decade.

With the creative areas of IT, software and games, and film and TV making the highest contribution to the UK economy, NCFE qualifications are the perfect steppingstone for learners who want to gain skills to progress in this ever-growing sector.

Many of our creative qualifications are also supported by large UK universities, recognising these qualifications as a credible route into higher education.

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Qualification spotlight

Our creative qualifications offer a range of pathways, allowing learners to become masters of their craft by gaining the knowledge and skills that they’ll require to succeed. Some of our most popular qualifications include:

Setting the standard

High-profile endorsements with creative industry experts ensure that our qualifications are industry-standard and that they meet the needs of the sector. Our collaborations with key organisations help to support and prepare learners interested in excelling in the creative industries. These include:

BFI logo        Creative skillset logo        Bristol old vic theatre school logo        Communicorp logo        Tyneside cinema logo

Plan your curriculum

View our progression route map to see how our range of creative qualifications connect to support your curriculum planning and learner progression.

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Technical Award in Art and Design endorsed by sector expert

We’re proud to work collaboratively with experts to develop content and materials that provide the required knowledge and practical skills for the industry.

One such collaboration is with Lorna Watkinson, a sector specialist and the founder of Vibrant Thinking, who validated our Level 1/2 Technical Award in Art and Design.

Commending the qualification, Lorna said: “This qualification gives a practical approach to arts and design, equipping learners for the working world. The broad scope of the course covers important employability skills such as understanding and converting a client’s brief. The skills and knowledge gained from the Level 1/2 Technical Award in Art and Design can be transferable to other sectors and careers, making it an extremely worthwhile qualification.”

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This qualification gives a practical approach to arts and design, equipping learners for the working world.

Lorna Watkinson, Founder of Vibrant Thinking