Leading creative industries programs for Asian students
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Leading creative industries programs for Asian students

Back in 2008, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a report covering the expansion of global economies and the effect this has on the creative industries. It found that the developed world still dominates the global market when it comes to creative products. Furthermore, developing nations trying to compete for global creative markets faced severe uphill battles.

The UNCTAD report also found that creative industries demonstrate strong potential when it comes to economic, cultural and social development. It stated that international trade in creative goods exceeded US$445 billion by the middle of the first decade in the 21st century. Furthermore, this trade was growing at an unprecedented annual rate of 8.7 percent.

The connective power of the Internet has made it easier than ever to share and distribute creative products and services. By 2005, China had become the world’s leading exporter of creative goods, and many other Asian powerhouses were making strong contributions as well. In light of these figures, UNCTAD strongly recommended that developing nations look to the creative industries for economic bolstering. International response has varied, but it’s safe to say that an increasing number of students in Asia are taking a keen interest creative careers.

That report was issued at a decisive moment in modern history. The world was about to plunge into global financial crisis that would have serious repercussions for many Western powers. At the same, these economic figures presented emerging economies in Asia with the opportunity to develop stronger footholds in the creative industries.

Enrolling in the Best Creative Industries Programs
Despite a surge in the production of creative products in Asia, the strongest market demands are still found in the West. Point in case: Christie’s art auction house in New York City says that Asian art is one of its top-three revenue generators. This artwork is produced in Asia (or at least by Asian artists), but it’s most likely to be sold in the West.


Pic: Oxford Brookes arts students.

Along those lines, many of the most celebrated creative arts institutes are found in the West as well. The UK, North America and Australia have several critically acclaimed institutes on offer, many of which boast longstanding traditions of excellence and have produced world-renown artists and designers.

The best creative arts institutes bring strong creative minds together in dynamic facilities that feature the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. If an institute’s studios and facilities are anything less than world-class, even the most prolific creative minds are going to be held back. Likewise, the finest facilities in the world will leave students wanting more if the staff and instructors that operate them aren’t bringing years of professional experience and a strong grasp of creative theory to the table.

Finding the best creative arts institutes requires plenty of research. Students are well-advised to look for institutes that are both staffed by world-renown instructors and produce award-winning alumni.

To get started with your search, have a look at the following list of leading creative arts programs for Asian students:

Falmouth University was founded in 1902 and has developed into one of the highest-ranked universities in the UK. A lovely coastal location in Cornwall, state-of-the-art facilities with more than £100 million invested and a clearly expressed ambition to become a global top-five arts institute make this a leading choice for international students of the creative arts. Read the full profile here…


Pic: Creative industries degree programs at Falmouth University.

Founded in 1892, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) has developed into Scotland’s premier creative arts institute. After integrating with the University of Dundee in the late 20th century, DJCAD has steadily emerged as a creative arts leader – not only in the UK, but in the world at large. Read the full profile here…

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. Read the full profile here…

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has existed in its current form since 2005, although it has been in operation for more than 150 years through its founding colleges. This is one of only three specialist art universities in the UK, offering access to the latest industry-standard facilities and fostering inspiring student communities that support the creative process. Read the full profile here…


Pic: UCA creative industries facilities.

Located in the UK, the Courtauld specializes in the study of the history of art and is particularly well-known for its collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The art institute offers a BA in the History of Art along with several taught postgraduate programs in fields including the History of Art, the History of Buddhist Art, Conservation of Wall Paintings and Curating the Art Museum.

Named the number-one creative university in the UK by Which? University 2012 Survey, Arts University Bournemouth was founded in 1885 and is now a top choice for international students of art. One of only 15 universities in the UK devoted solely to the creative industries, AUB offers specialist education in art, media, performance and design, encouraging students to push the boundaries of creativity and to take risks in their artistic exploration.