The value of the Creative Skillset Tick

The Creative Skillset Tick is an invaluable signpost for potential students, apprentices and employers to indicate those programmes that provide the most up-to-date and relevant industry training and education.

For potential learners, the Tick signposts courses that can prove they connect with industry and which teach professional skills that make sure you graduate work-ready.

For employers, the Tick signposts them to work-ready graduates and apprentices from creative courses that have proven links with industry and teach professional skills.

Creative Skillset is recognised in the Unistats Key Information Sets as a professional, statutory and regulatory body, which demonstrates the value of our accreditation to potential students and apprentices comparing courses online.

Creative Skillset Tick accreditation costs an initial £4,000 and then, for the following six years, just £500 per year. Creative Skillset invests hundreds of thousands of pounds on promoting the courses and the network, on enhancing the value of the Tick, on extending industry engagement and on providing exclusive offers to the Tick community.

Accredited courses don’t just get the Tick quality mark to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace; tutors and their students and graduates join the Tick family of courses representing the best of the best industry-focused courses across the UK. Here are some key benefits of being part of the Tick family.

Promoting Ticked courses

We run an on-going, large-scale Tick marketing campaign on behalf of the network, complementing institutions’ own marketing, promoting Tick courses to learners and Tick talent to employers. Our current direct reach across Creative Skillset and Hiive’s digital marketing channels is in excess of 130,000 people. We attend over 40 events per academic year to promote the Tick to parents, careers advisors, students and employers.

The course listing on this website is dedicated to promoting Ticked courses and providing a richer picture of what it’s like to study a Ticked degree or apprenticeship. It’s the destination to which all of our marketing to learners is directed.

We had a substantial increase in applications – 250 for 45 places last year – which at this moment in time is quite impressive. The Creative Skillset Tick has made a real difference. I would recommend other courses apply for it but I do think they need to consider very carefully the criteria and work at making sure they demonstrate it, because it’s not that easy to get; but that’s the value of it – Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Leader, BA (Hons) in Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts

Showcasing talent

We offer privileged profiling to employers of graduates of Ticked courses on Hiive, the professional network for creative people. Our marketing explains to employers the value of the Tick and Hiive provides direct access to the most talented apprentices and graduates at Hiive also provides online networking for Ticked course tutors, students and graduates.

Bespoke to each sector, we showcase the best of the best work of graduates from Ticked courses to employers, through Hiive and through events such as the Tick Talent showcase event for our Ticked animation, games and VFX courses and through our TV and Film launchpad event.

I would definitely consider looking for the Tick when employing people. I’ve done two Creative Skillset approved courses and I think the accreditation is quite accurate, they do recognise good courses. I get a lot of emails from students asking me for career advice and I always recommend they look on Creative Skillset’s website and look for accredited courses – Sophia George, co-founder and chair of Swallowtail Games, Games Designer in Residence at the V&A and Norwich University of the Arts alumna

Exclusive opportunities

Graduates from Ticked courses have privileged access to Trainee Finder, a service that matches trainees with companies across the UK’s animation, film, games, high-end TV and VFX industries. Trainee Finder gives companies quick and easy access to an online directory of the UK’s top trainees, and allows employers to claim back a percentage of the trainee’s training allowance and costs.

We offer bursaries for students, either directly through our £100,000 annual BFI funding pot or through partner organisations such as the Royal Television Society and BAFTA who privilege Ticked courses on their schemes. We also offer funding to students and tutors to attend industry events or to make improvements in courses and equipment.

We run dedicated masterclasses, networking meetings and conferences for Ticked courses for sharing best practice and/or to discuss cross-sector themes.

The Creative Skillset Tick is an essential signpost that helps potential students choose courses that are approved by industry. It tells them the course has gone through assessment, including a review of graduate employment, work experience and links with industry, which contribute to improved employment prospects on completion of the course – David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and Creative Skillset Board member

Industry input and advice

Through the accreditation process courses receive invaluable industry input, advice and evaluation of their curriculum.

The industry-designed process is consultative, supportive and confidential. Those who do not achieve the standard first time are encouraged into further dialogue leading to resubmission. We are strong advocates of all accredited courses, helping promote the benefits of multi-disciplinary working, the project-led curriculum, innovative teaching styles, the strong endorsement by industry, and the professional background of the staff and the course’s resources.

Over two hundred courses and apprenticeship programmes have now gone through the rigorous Tick application process - read what other institutions say about the accreditation and the application process itself.

Hear from educators and industry, including David Abraham, CEO of Channel 4, on the benefits of the Tick:

Benefit of the Tick


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