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Falling numbers of students studying design.

Falling numbers of students studying design.

The UK's Design Council has weighed in to the debate about the declining number of students taking creative subjects, describing the situation as "not sustainable for design businesses or the UK economy".

The body said it would lobby politicians from both main parties at their autumn conferences about the importance of educating a new generation of design talent.

"We will be asking MPs to recognise design's current contribution to the economy, we'll press for design to be back in the curriculum to maintain our global status and we'll emphasise the need to act now for the future of the economy," the council said.

Students taking design and technology fall by more than half

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