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Creative university courses see 16% drop in applications

Fashion courses could see a drop in students over the coming year, with applications for university creative arts and design courses suffering a 16% decline due to higher tuition fees.

The number of applications for creative arts and design courses, which includes fashion and textiles, has dropped 16% to 227,729 compared with last year, according to data published yesterday by the University and College Admission Service. The overall number of UK university applicants has dropped by 8.7%.

Applications for the University for Creative Arts, which offers 21 courses via its fashion and textiles department, dropped by almost a third (29.7%) in the last year.

Last year it was announced that universities would be allowed to raise undergraduate fees to a maximum of £9,000 a year. Seven colleges offering fashion courses, including University of the Arts, which includes Central St Martins College of Art and the London College of Fashion, opted for the maximum fee.

Analyses of the UCAS data suggest that there has been a sharper decline in applications from more well-off applicants, than those that are at an economic disadvantage, while applications from mature students saw the sharpest fall - 2,400 fewer applications among the 30 to 39 year old age group.

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  • I have to say, it is hardly a surprise that University admissions would drop sharply because of the rise in tuition fees. I just hope that this inspires the Government to invest more in apprenticeship schemes rather than trying to force everyone to go to University when it isn't actually the right path for everyone. The fashion industry, like many others I am sure, would certainly benefit if the Government recognised this.

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