Creative Industries

What are the Creative Industries?

I’m writing a series of blog posts about the different ways to talk about creativity, inspired by an essay I’m publishing in this book later this year. (Here’s why.) ‘Creative Industries’ is definition number 4. I once did a careers talk for sixth formers and we discussed what was meant by Creative Industries. We came to the conclusion that just about any job opportunity has creative aspects to it. Not so helpful as a definition, but note the focus on careers and industry. Creative Industries is a bit of a buzz word (buzz phrase?) that gets used when people are talking about getting a job in the arts, as opposed to simply ‘being creative’.

What makes this version of creativity different?

The focus on careers and industry obviously makes ‘Creative Industries’ different from playfulness and crafting, but it’s also different from ‘the creatives‘ – who were individuals for a start – and their roles are more specifically to do with design and marketing. So it’s to do with work, and business, but it’s not about a specific job.

The Creative Arts

You could start by thinking of the Creative Industries as the Creative Arts, so:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Film and TV
  • Literary programming
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Writing

And any subcategories there in.

Broadening the definition

But then you could add non-Arts focused organisations or careers that involve much use of the creative arts. For example:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Copy writing
  • Design
  • Editing
  • Events Management
  • PR
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Web design


If this is the kind of creativity you’re after, a good place to start would be where you can search by job type. It will tell you what kind of training you need to get into each field.

Coming soon: Creative learning and teaching.


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