Who are the creative industries and how do they work?

The creative industries include: advertising, architecture, arts and antique markets, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive software (particularly gaming software), music, television and radio, performing arts, publishing and software. This is the definition from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Unlike many sectors the creative industries are notable for the many modes of employment that are commonplace. Being dominated by small scale and micro businesses, it is not surprising that patterns of employment can be full-time, part-time, project-based and freelance. For many creative graduates this can mean having a portfolio career - that is having income from multiple streams rather than one fixed source.

To learn more about the working patterns of creative graduates why not have a look at the 2010 report Creative Graduates Creative Futures.

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