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Research reports commisioned by the Crafts Council

Studying Craft 16 

The latest Studying Craft figures from the Crafts Council show that craft education remains in crisis. Over the last seven years, the numbers of students studying craft GCSEs have plummeted by nearly 25%, the number of design and technology students has dropped by 41%, and higher education courses have fallen by 50% since 2007/08.

Studying Craft 16 indicates that whilst the number of students taking entry level courses in further education has boomed to 67,340 since 2007/08, only 8% of these students progress to more advanced courses indicating a decline in the development of new professional talent.


Biosalon paper: How will the intersection of design and biological fabrication open up to new ways of ‘making’ and ‘crafting’ in the future?

Biosalon was set up to provide a critical space for designers and scientists exploring the future uses and applications of living matter to come together and discuss the implications of biofabrications for their respective practices. This follow-up publication has emerged from the Biosalon conversations and is structured around a set of five questions.

Biosalon was the first of a series of events organised in preparation of Make:Shift. It was a joint initiative organised by the Crafts Council and the Design & Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts  London.


Innovation Through Craft: Opportunities for growth

Our latest report, graphics and case study cards point to evidence points to evidence that the UK is at risk of failing to take advantage of its expertise in craft. Innovation through Craft: Opportunities for growth, describes the way in which collaboration drives innovation and how we can make the most of its economic potential. Working with partners the Knowledge Transfer Network and the University of Brighton, the Crafts Council commissioned KPMG to investigate the processes and economic impact of innovation through craft.


Measuring the Craft Economy - Defining and measuring craft: report 3 

Measuring the Craft Economy gives the fullest picture to date of the value and scale of craft’s contribution to the UK economy.

The findings in this report build on proposals set out in the Crafts Council’s 2013 series of reports Defining and measuring craft: Definitions 1998 – 2012 (June 2013) and Defining and measuring craft: Proposals for a way forward (June 2013).  This report measures the contribution of craft not only within craft industries, but also across the creative industries and wider economy. 

The craft economy generates nearly £3.4bn for the UK economy, accounting for 0.3% of UK GVA (gross value added).

Studying craft: trends in craft education and training

The Studying Craft series of reports is research commissioned by the Crafts Council and is a comprehensive examination of contemporary craft education in England. The latest update was produced in November 2014 (Studying Craft 2) and is available below.

The research examined all stages of formal education and training from Key Stage 4 to postgraduate study to look at provision and participation in craft courses for the last five academic years.

Read the Studying Craft press release

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