AccessHE launch updated Creative HE Apply Guide

AccessHE have launched a second, updated version of the Creative HE Apply Guide. Building on the success of the original guide released in 2018, this version – a collaboration between the AccessHE Creative Forum and the UK Art and Design Institutions Association (Ukadia) – showcases the breadth of creative HE study options available across England, and steers prospective students through the process of securing a place on those courses.

The decline in numbers of school pupils studying creative subjects at GCSE and A-Level in recent years has prompted concerns about access to creative HE study. However, as Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux UK and author of the foreword to this guide points out, it is precisely the skills gained and refined through creative study that will have a societal premium attached to them in years to come. One need only look at rising inequality or the climate crisis to see that ‘the world needs creative solutions to the problems we all face’. The guide highlights the societal value of creative HE study, but also illustrates how it can contribute to increased wellbeing and lead to a fulfilling, multi-faceted career in one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors. Just as importantly, it addresses some of the main myths and misconceptions linked to creative study to show that it is open to anyone, irrespective of age, background or skill level.

To complement the detailed information on the application process from the original guide that has been updated for the current and future application cycles, this version includes a range of worksheets, for use by prospective students and by HE providers as part of outreach activities focussed on routes into the creative and performing arts. These are linked to discrete sections of the guide, allowing learners to deepen their understanding of routes into creative HE by using the guide and materials independently, either in advance of or after taking part in outreach activity.

AccessHE will be convening a roundtable event for member HEIs later in 2020 looking at ways of integrating the guide into HE outreach programmes. The guide is available to download here, and the worksheets can be accessed at

AccessHE would like to thank contributing members and Ukadia partners for their support in producing the Creative HE Apply Guide.