Creative industries

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Overview

Scotland’s creative industries employ nearly 80,000 people, adding £3.7 billion to the Scottish economy each year.

A recent survey found that 91% of the population takes part in at least one cultural activity per year.

We have been expanding our training facilities to create the ideal foundations for the creative industry to thrive, and have a huge pool of skilled talent with new graduates joining the industry every year.

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Digital media

Scotland is the engine, helping to drive digital transformation in the UK and Europe.

Our digital media sector is at the forefront of innovation in applications, music, TV, publishing and games, and we have centres of excellence springing up around the country.

Find out more about digital media in Scotland

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Film and TV

From your phone screen to the big screen.

Our landscape with mountains, coastline, ancient forests and good light conditions have always made Scotland an ideal filming location. 

You’ll see Scotland’s landscape used in classic films like Local Hero, The Thirty Nine Steps and in more recent international blockbusters such as Skyfall and World War Z. Epic TV productions such as Outlander are filmed on location in Scotland too.

We also have generous tax rebates for UK productions and experienced, award-winning producers, directors, cast and crew.

Find out about basing a production in Scotland

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Games

Opening portals to fantastical worlds.

From Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V to user-designed Minecraft cities, our game creators are building detailed, intricate and absorbing alternate realities. Global phenomenons like Rockstar North and Axis Animation are based here along with start-ups like DeuXality and Krotos.

Our community of games developers are pioneers of modern game design and in high demand from publishers all over the world. 

Read more about Scotland's games industry

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Creative industries case studies

Outplay in Scotland

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Why Outplay moved from California to Scotland

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Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4J Studios

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How 4J Studios built success for Minecraft in Scotland

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How a Scottish company is giving Hollywood’s monsters their voices

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