As Asian nations take on more powerful and influential roles in global affairs, we’re witnessing a migration away from manufacturing and production toward more knowledge-based economies. This is by no means a new development; however, it is occurring with greater force and conviction each year. As a result, many Asian economies are investing substantially more of their resources, finances and human capital into research and design rather than merely in production and distribution.

As a knowledge-based economy blossoms, creativity and innovation become highly sought-after commodities. Students take a greater interest in academic diversity, pursuing increasingly interdisciplinary degrees. This is the stage at which the creative industries can step in and make a powerful contribution to economic development.

Students at Oxford Brookes University

Pic: Students at Oxford Brookes University.

Countries in Asia continue to hit higher development marks and achieve more robust economic benchmarks. As this occurs, ambitious students across Asia are looking for ways to get involved in this growth and development. Higher education is an obvious place to start, and many students are looking overseas to universities in the West.

Choosing the best creative arts institute
Across the world, most people naturally look to empirical science and research for to expedite development. At the same time, many overlook the important role that creativity and culture play in economic vitality. Economic competition between nations is mounting, and in this context, creative industries are increasing in number and beginning to play pivotal roles in national economics.

Colchester Institute creative industries

Pic: Colchester Institute creative industries.

The value of a product in the 21st century has a lot more to do with its aesthetics, rather than strictly its mere functionality, than it did just a decade or two ago. With this in mind, today’s multi-national companies are eager to assemble workforces that are as creatively adept as they are technically competent. Students can work this to their advantage by pursuing an interdisciplinary course of study that involves elements of the creative arts with another field.

Finding the right academic institution requires doing a lot of research – especially for Asian students who are considering earning a degree overseas. Many of the most highly acclaimed creative arts programs are found in the UK or North America. At the same time, the growing interest in creative industries in the East has not gone unnoticed, and many of these institutions are seeking partnerships and in-roads into Asia.

Students at King's College London

Pic: Students at King's College London.

Broadly based criteria are essential to choosing the best creative industries institutes anywhere in the world. The very best are going to operate cutting-edge studios and facilities; they’re going to be staffed by well-regarded practitioners with plenty of industry experience or research clout; and they’re going to be planted in communities that have a strong reputation for the arts off campus as well as on.

Along those lines, the following are among the leading creative industries programs for Asian students:

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS
The College of Creative Arts is a diverse, highly regarded faculty with a range of arts- and performance-related offerings. Around 800 students are enrolled, creating a microcosm within West Virginia University, one of the most highly regarded university campuses in the US. Read the full profile here…

WVU Art Museum

Pic: WVU Art Museum.

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON – SCHOOL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
King’s College London’s School of Arts & Humanities is a world leader and was recently ranked 26th-best faculty of its kind according to the 2011 QS World Rankings. This is a global hub of creative arts research emphasising interdisciplinary connections between subjects. Read the full profile here…

OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University operates a thriving academic community that has staked its reputation on innovation and excellence. Students are encouraged to take risks, experiment and indulge their academic curiosity. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Oxford Brookes University ranks so highly in terms of student satisfaction, research and graduate destinations. Read the full profile here…

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
Norwich University College of the Arts was rated the top specialist art, design and media institution in England by the Guardian University Guide in 2012. The school offers high-quality creative degree programmes that benefit from strong industry links. For students in Asia seeking an international creative arts degree, NUA is a leading contender. Read the full profile here…

Norwich University facilities

Pic: Norwich University facilities.

BANGOR UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF CREATIVE STUDIES AND MEDIA
Bangor University is a top-40 university in the UK and holds a position in the top 5 percent of universities around the world according to Times Higher Education. This combines with high student satisfaction, world-class studio facilities and instruction by world-renown experts and practitioners to foster a dynamic creative arts community. Read the full profile here…

Bangor University

Pic: Bangor University.

COLCHESTER INSTITUTE
Colchester Institute is a leading public vocational College in east England with strong industry links and a passion for guiding and developing creative minds in the 21st century. The combination of academic rigour, creative workshops and the opportunity to connect with industry players prepares students for an ambitious career that turns upon their own creativity. Read the full profile here…

RYERSON UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN
The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University operates a few of Canada’s leading creative industries programs. Many of the degree programs on offer are one-of-a-kind, attracting world-renown faculty and ambitious students. Read the full profile here…

Ryerson University dance

Pic: Ryerson University dance.

YORK UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF FINE ARTS
Located in Canada, York University is a North American leader in Fine Arts. The university maintains degree programs in all of the major fine arts and combines academic inquest with hands-on, highly professional training. This is the most comprehensive Fine Arts program in Canada.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
The School of Art and Design benefits from NMU’s status as a large state school in the US. School’s of this size have vast resources and facilities to draw upon, and students will have no problem setting up interdisciplinary study tracks that will equip for the challenges of a creatively demanding 21st-century career.

EDITH COWAN – FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS
Edith Cowan is based on Australia’s west coast, and was recently named by Times Higher Education as one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years-old. The Faculty of Education and Arts maintains a comprehensive selection of creative arts offerings that are strategically positioned in the Asia-Pacific region.