How to Break Down Walls for Interdisciplinary Creative Practice
25 May 21
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Categories: Art & Design and Fine Art, Postgraduate
You may have heard the term multidisciplinary creative applied to a person before, but you may not be aware of what this means. This is something that is not only becoming rather popular but also necessary as a form of career path in the creative industry, and something that may well be considered essential in the not too distant future.
The world is split into two groups; those who pick one thing they excel at and are happy to stick to, and generalists who are a completely different type of person. These are the individuals who have a multifaceted skill-set that is spread over a number of different fields – the type of person who can turn their hand to most work and will give anything a try.
The Creative Industry – A Melting Pot Of Talent
There are 12 different sub-sectors in the creative industry offering an incredibly diverse range of disciplines. There are on average 58,000 UK Creative Arts degree graduates each year here all looking for the right direction to take their career. In addition to this, the Creative Industries Federations believes that there has been an increase of 28.6% of new jobs it the industry since 2011. There are currently more than 2 million jobs within the creative industries and a staggering number of them, 87% to be exact, are future-proof – they need to be done by people and not robots.
The industry is an odd thing however, in that around 95% of the businesses it contains are in fact micro-businesses that employ on average 10 or fewer individuals. This type of employer simply cannot afford to take on individual specialists as many of them simply don’t have the budget. Instead, they want individuals who can take on a range of projects and have a varied skill-set.
What Does this Mean for Creatives?
What this means it that whilst specialists are easy to place (in that they have one skill and can look for roles accordingly), generalists need to find ways to market themselves and showcase their skills in order to make the right impression on employers.
There are plenty of high profile generalists out there who have managed to succeed in multiple creative fields. Take, for example Virgil Abloh. He is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, DJ and architecture graduate. He is just one of the creative generalists that has managed to showcase his talents in multiple areas. Kanye West is another; he started out in the music industry but now owns a very successful clothing line and has influence in a number of other areas.
As a generalist, it is important to put yourself forward, showcase a range of talents and, perhaps most importantly, believe in yourself.
Creative Courses at the University of Bolton – Embracing a Creative Future
For creative students who are considering the future, this move towards generalist working methods is great news for their future job prospects. Studying a creative subject at degree level will give you the skills and knowledge that can help to open up a range of different career options.
At the University of Bolton, we offer a range of different creative industry courses that will help you harness the skills that will help you in a future creative career. Our knowledgeable, talented educators can help you develop your own skills and talents so that you can take those rewarding first steps in further education that could lead to a variety of careers.
The University of Bolton has been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for the past 3 years*. A small University, we offer a diverse, yet inclusive and supportive environment in which creative students can thrive. This, combined with our commitment to providing quality teaching allows our students to truly experience #UniAsItShouldBe.
If you would like to learn more about the University or our creative courses, we would love to talk with you. Our team of friendly advisors can be contacted on +44 (0)1204 900 600, or you could message email@example.com with any queries you might have.
*Complete University Guide 2021, 2020, 2019 - North West Region