The creative sector is the UK’s flagship industry – as a nation we are world famous for our designers, artists and film makers

.This is reflected in the scale and growth of the sector in recent decades – the creative economy employs 2.2 million people and has grown year on year through the recession. By 2022 the sector will need 1.2m new workers.

It is an industry that depends on its graduate skills – 58.8% of jobs in the sector are at least graduate level (compared to 31.8% in the wider economy) – by 2022 it will need 900,000 graduates to keep pace with demand.

In the national survey of graduates from all universities and colleges offering degrees CCAD stands out. For the last two years (2014 and 2015 leavers) CCAD is the top institution in the UK for art and design graduate employability.

Comparing its HESA submission with employability data from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) league table, the college’s dedicated university level campus equals the top performing UK art and design institutions, with 96% of its 2014 graduates in work or further study six months after graduating, this was even higher in 2015 with graduate employability being at 96.6%.

Not only have we out-performed all the regional universities, including Durham University, Northumbria University, Leeds College of Art, Teesside University and University of Sunderland, it also ranks joint 5th in the UK, beating prestigious names such as Oxford and Cambridge. Compared with other specialist art and design providers, CCAD now ranks number one for art and design employability, and is beating higher profile institutions such as University of the Arts London and the Glasgow School of Art.