The Department of Creative Industries are identified as wide-ranging industries, which are fuelled by individual creativity, skills and talents. Creative Industries is a crucial contributor to the global economy and plays a significant role in generating wealth and employment opportunities, through the development and production of intellectual property (IP).
A wide range of sectors falls under the umbrella of Creative Industries, to name a few: Television, Visual Arts, Newspaper and Magazines, Advertising, Architecture, Books, Performing Arts, Gaming, Movies, Music, and Radio. The Creative Industries are rapidly becoming one of the most promising economic sectors, driven by diverse and dynamic economic, and socio-cultural shifts across local, regional, and global economies – with the potential to create jobs through innovation and cultural diversity, making a significant contribution to the growth and development of economies.
Recently, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the world economy, which affected creative industries, as well as various cultural spheres. In response to this uncertainty, creative solutions continue to play resilient and adaptive roles in the global economic recovery. The creative economy contributes 6.1% to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the United Nations (UN), it was estimated that the creative economy generates annual revenues of over $2 trillion and accounts for nearly 50 million jobs worldwide.
In a recent report by Bloomberg, “the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated $2.25 trillion in revenue—or 3 percent of the world’s GDP… This is substantially more than global telecommunications ($1.57 trillion) and greater than the GDP of India, Russia, or Canada.”
Canadian University Dubai’s Department of Creative Industries, is uniquely aligned with the United Arab Emirates National Strategy. This highlights the strong emphasis to position the UAE as a global cultural and creative destination, inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers – through the quality and quantity of enterprises in the creative sector of the UAE, and the development of new forms of employment within the creative sectors.
The Department of Creative Industries, home to CUD’s business incubator, delivers courses in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship, which merges business and creative thinking – driving forth innovation and growth in various industries. The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries advances a unique interdisciplinary program, which blends a variety of creative fields into one degree, including leadership for the media business, interior design, and communications. The learnings are through practical applications which incorporate creative entrepreneurship projects, industry internships, and moreover, the opportunity to study in Canada.