Be a Part of one of the Fastest Growing Industries in the World: The Creative Industries.

As more and more workers see themselves replaced by machines, the traditional forms of employment our parents grew up with are increasingly vanishing. In their place has arisen a new type of economy, one based off of specialized knowledge and creativity. This new “creative industry” focuses on imagination and innovation. For many workers, this will be the industry that they will be need to be a part of in order to prosper in the future. But don’t despair; luckily, this is one of the most exciting business areas to be a part of.

Creative Industries Students at HKDI. Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

Creative Industries Students at HKDI. Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

Have you ever wanted to be a part of the next James Bond film, help create the next blockbuster videogame, or write the next life-changing software program? Then a job in the creative industries could be perfect for you.

The term creative industries (CI) generally refers to a range of activities that are connected with the generation or exploitation of knowledge and information. These activities can include advertising, architecture, IT, design, film, music, publishing, video games, arts/crafts, etc. Many schools offer both undergraduate and post-graduate programs in CI.

CI is big business globally – in 2013, in the UK alone, CI added £76.9 billion to the country’s economy. This was a 9.9 percent increase over the previous year. According to the UK Government, the growth in the creative industries was three times higher than the growth for the wider UK economy. The same trend can be seen occurring in many places around the world.

Student work at HKDI. Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

Student work at HKDI. Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

What types of jobs are there?
There are an enormous variety of professions out there for those looking to work in the creative industries. Below we give a brief snapshot of just a few of the exciting possibilities:

Films
Are you looking to be the next Johnny Depp or Jennifer Lawrence? Enjoy being the center of attention and inhabiting different personalities? If so, the life of an actor could be for you. Many schools offer acting degrees where you will be trained for the stage, TV, or film.

Perhaps you would feel more comfortable behind the camera but still in charge of the creative process? Then consider being a director. Directors work for both film and TV, and are in charge of the style and structure of their work from the earliest outlining of the plot to the final ending of the movie.

Animators
Animators work in a variety of mediums. Some may work in 2D animation; others are part of the increasingly popular trend of 3D animation, some may work in stop-motion (such as the popular Wallace and Gromit movies). Animators can work in TV, films, or video games – an area gaining in prestige as games become increasingly technical in their design.

Advertising
Working in advertising can offer you a range of career paths. These include being an advertising account planner, who is in charge of setting the communications strategy for advertising campaigns. For those looking for even more of a creative role, working as an advertising and editorial photographer, art director, or copywriter, could be exciting possibilities.

Marketing
Marketing can cover a variety of roles from market research to being a marketing executive. A market researcher attempts to find out how people think as well as how they behave and why. They may do this through interviews, focus groups, or other types of interactions. A marketing executive or manager focuses on promoting a product or service in order to increase customer awareness and sales.

Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

Pic: Hong Kong Design Institute

As mentioned above, the creative industries are currently experiencing a boom in revenues and job creation. Employment sectors within CI that are seeing significant growth include IT, design, architecture, and film. However, job seekers should be aware of larger employment trends that are occurring throughout the industry, to ensure they can stay on track and can seek out employment opportunities ahead of the curve.

Pursuing a career in the creative industries can be immensely rewarding and the best way to get a head start is to build up as much experience as possible, which is where a high quality education can help you on your way to success.

Keep reading to discover a number of the world’s most prestigious universities which offer courses in a broad range of creative disciplines.

HONG KONG DESIGN INSTITUTE – HONG KONG
Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), a member institution of the VTC, is a leading design institution in Hong Kong committed to providing quality education to cultivate knowledge, professionalism and develop new talent for the evolving creative industries. To achieve its mission, HKDI adopts a “Think and Do” approach through contemporary curriculum and active collaboration with people and organisations within the creative sectors. HKDI brings together the strengths of various Design departments to offer programmes spanning across Design Foundation Studies, Communication Design and Digital Media, Fashion and Image Design, and Product and Interior Design. Read the full profile.

LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC – UK
Located at the heart of a city which hosts more than 200 music venues and a thriving independent arts scene, Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is the ideal location for young artists seeking opportunities for promotion and performance. LCoM provides its students with a variety of progressive teaching methods which can be experienced in contexts as diverse as small, supportive tutor groups and masterclasses with globally acclaimed musicians such as Asaf Sirkis and Mei Yi Foo. Regardless of their preferred musical genre, the College is committed to ensuring not only that its graduates are prepared to excel within the music industry but also that they have the skills and confidence they need to develop their own unique identities as artists.

FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENT, OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY – UK
Oxford Brookes University was founded in Oxford, England in 1865, and it has grown into one of the UK’s leading modern universities. Innovation is the cornerstone of the educational process here, and students are encouraged to expand their academic curiosity, experiment and take risks. The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and an ambitious desire to be recognised as one of the most exciting places to study in the world.

SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION, BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY – QUEBEC, CANADA
Established in Quebec in 1843, Bishop’s University delivers undergraduate programs in the humanities, education, social sciences, natural sciences and business administration. It attracts outstanding young people seeking academic excellence and a rewarding experience in a community that promotes confidence, courage and a sense of responsibility. Undergraduates come from Canada and around the world, to further their education, to engage with individuals from different social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and to prepare for a career in a global society.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES AND CREATIVE WRITING, HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY – HONG KONG
Originally established in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is committed to providing a holistic approach to Higher Education, offering students the opportunity to enrol on cutting-edge science, humanities and arts programs, as well as acquiring cultural, sporting and social skills. The University offers world-class undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs which have been designed specifically to prepare students to contribute to society’s global, knowledge-based economy.