I loved taking art and DT (design technology) for GCSE when I was at school. Absolutely loved it. So I was really shocked when I recently read in Design Week that the number of students taking art, design and technology subjects collectively dropped by nearly 27,000 in one year between 2016 and 2017. Not great for the creative industry.
So why is it happening?
It was a hotly discussed topic in our monthly insight meeting at blueskies. Most of us are parents and a lot felt very strongly that it was the fault of the government, who put too much emphasis on students doing STEM subjects and the introduction of the compulsory EBacc qualification. Interestingly, this isn’t the case within private schools, where more money is being invested into art, design, music and drama.
What do you think can be done to make sure we keep the students of today doing these courses? So that they become the hot talent of the future we need in our industry.