Creative Industries

Creative Industries

Stoke your artistic flame to build your future or get ahead in your career with Creative Industries

What are the Creative Industries?

Creative Industries are in our everyday lives all around us in photographs, art, animation, and in many more ways. Passionate, open-minded, and imaginative people thrive in these career areas that can lead to many different pathways. This could include becoming an independent artist or creating graphic designs for major advertising companies.

Dumfries and Galloway College recognises the importance of the creative industries and looks to give our students the knowledge, skills, and materials to succeed in your qualification for future study or furthering your career.

 In an environment that encourages creativity and enthusiasm, we offer different levels of study and ability.  Many of our courses have live briefs working on commercial projects which allows you to have a taste of how the creative industry is run.

You will have the opportunity to use up-to-date facilities within your chosen specialist area such as digital and film dark rooms for photography and the Adobe e Suite for 2D and 3D animation. This will lead to building a portfolio that you can be proud of and use as evidence of your experience

Career paths with a qualification in the Creative Industries.

  • Photographers – Create and edit visual images to meet the needs of the client. They will be able to capture picture perfect moments in a wide range of areas e.g., weddings, travel, fashion, and journalism. Photographers need the knowledge and skills to use camera equipment and editing computer software to bring photographs to life. The Adobe Suite which is taught at Dumfries and Galloway College is a piece of editing software regularly used in the industry. Often Photographers will be self-employed but can be employed by companies as well. They can work remotely for editing but must be onsite for shooting. Average starting salary - £16,000 - £22,000
  • Animators – Bring images and drawings to life on screen. Being able to have a creative flair, Animators can focus on many areas of animation including 2D or 3D and computer or hand-drawn illustrations. They have the knowledge of how to run animation programs and can confidently explain their concepts to clients.  Animators can work for a range of companies including prominent ones such as Pixar and Studio Ghibli or smaller companies in Scotland such as Interference Pattern and our very own Dumfries based Hollinger|Scott.
    Animators can be self-employed, employed, and can work remotely.
    Average starting salary £14,000 - £20,000
  • Textiles Designers – Need skills and understanding of fabrics to create designs on materials which can be used in fashion and interior furnishings. Paying attention to detail, Textile Designers can produce sketches by hand and on computer software which are often printed to create the final product. At Dumfries and Galloway College, there is access to screen printing which students can take advantage of to explore creating their own prints. Can be self-employed or employed by a company. Average starting salary £15,000- £20,000
  • Graphic Designers – create visual designs for clients. Having the abilities to create branding, advertisements and product packaging Graphic Designers can produce the brief given to them by a client. They have expertise in the current market trends including the current styles of visual trends and in industry software. Graphic Designers need the confidence to present their concepts to clients and communicate the benefits of their services. Graphic Designers could be self-employed or employed with the ability to work from home. They can often work in a studio. Average starting salary £18,000 - £19,000
  • Product Designers – Are responsible for creating a range of items which could either improve existing ones or developing new products. Product Designers will have the confidence to design, create and present products that will satisfy their client’s needs. They will need a creative and intuitive eye for designing objects paired with the knowledge and skills of 3D programs and current market techniques and styles. Often employed they can be self-employed, work in a studio, or remotely. Average starting salary £19,000 - £25,000

Find out more here - National Careers & Prospects

Why study Creative Industries at Dumfries & Galloway College?

Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland. Here’s why you should study with us:

Student Satisfaction

We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied 

We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied 

Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.

Student Satisfaction

Positive Destination

Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment. 

Based on our performance indicators.

Positive Destination

Pathway to University

Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.

Pathway to University

Our Learning Environment

At Dumfries and Galloway College, we offer the environment to prosper and develop the skills to thrive in the creative world. With support from our qualified staff members in our fit for purpose college studios, we will give students the chance to earn a qualification to help them succeed in future education or a career.

Creative Industries

Our course options

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*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.

What our students say...

Philip Need

Photography HND @ SCQF Level 8

"The tutors wanted me to succeed and that really helped to build my confidence. All the tutors in Creative Industries are inspirational and clearly enjoy teaching. They all have real-world experience, many still practicing their discipline alongside their college role. I see this as an advantage for students, but more than anything I valued their support."

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