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Creative arts and Design

With the design industry changing at a great speed in the present day, it’s necessary to keep up with all the latest technology and skills as soon as they come out in the market. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot explore your creative side more deeply. If you find yourself on the creative side, then you might be interested in a Creative arts and design course to further enhance your skills and capabilities. Our Pakistan Editor, Arooj, is here to tell us more about this academic path.

About the course

These courses are normally structured over a span of three years, whether you wish to go for a foundation, undergraduate, post graduate or diploma course. During the first stage you will be introduced to Art and Design in its broadest sense in order to develop an understanding of universal design principles such as basic drawing and basic graphic design techniques, as well as develop awareness of the disciplines that share them.

Moving forward you will learn more advanced skills depending on your choice. For example, options in pursuing your course more towards the fine art, classic art and design more manual, hand-made artwork), or towards the more developed side of the Arts and design such as Game design and graphic design. You will become increasingly familiar with industry approaches and terminology, possibly becoming involved in live projects from real-world clients. Professional skill development, including making presentations to clients.

Most of your assessment during this course will be coursework based. The advantage of coursework-based type of assessments is that it will help you to feed your personal portfolio with your works, which is essential in the professional world.


 As we all know, all institutions have their own eligibility criteria for different courses. Some of the key requirements for this course are a relevant degree in arts and crafts, any previous experience where you have used your art and design skills will prove very useful. Most importantly, you must be passionate about your course choice and have a promising attitude towards it.

For international students, taking English proficiency exams such as IELTS or TOEFL is a ‘must’ for applications in institutions abroad. Check with your local British Council for the latest updates and test information.

Your future

Students who successfully complete their course have a wide option of careers to choose from. These include Animators, Ceramics designers, Exhibition designers, Fashion designers, Furniture designers, Illustrators, Jewellery designers, Make-up artists , Photographers and Textile designers only to name a few.

If you wish to undertake further study before employment, then you can add to your portfolio another relevant degree to enhance your employment opportunities, as well as gain some valuable experience.

Live projects with real-world clients and work placements with agencies and publishers will encourage you to recognise the importance of developing professional and business skills alongside your creative skillset.

Remember, whichever course you plan to enrol in, make sure you have made the right decision as doing a degree takes determination and commitment.

 If you would like to explore more arts and crafts courses, Hotcourses is the right place to find your perfect course. We have a wide array of course lists in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and 5 other countries, so you are sure to find a course that is just right for you.


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