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Fewer students taking on art and design undergraduate courses

According to the latest figures from UCAS, 17,000 fewer students have chosen to take creative arts subjects this year compared to the same time in 2016.

UACS report that the numbers of students applying to university has dropped, but this trend is particularly true of creative arts and design subjects. Approximately 30,000 fewer students have applied to undergraduate university courses, of these 17,000, over half the overall drop, has come from creative arts. This covers courses in design, fine art, craft, music, drama, dance, photography and creative writing.

Reporting on the fall in creative arts and design undergraduate applications, Design Week consider the factors that may have contributed to the fall. Paul Ring, a senior lecturer in interior architecture at Northumbria University, reportedly cites the impact of government policies on the perceived value of creative subjects as well as tuition fees:

'The Government has moved away from supporting creative subjects quite alarmingly'

'Because of this rhetoric, 18-year-olds are wondering about the value of creative subjects'

'The smashing of budgets for the arts, coupled with the fee increase and the fact that it’s now harder to get into university as students need more UCAS points, means studying creative subjects is becoming a risky choice.'