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20 Jul, 6 tweets, 2 min read
🧵Today, government cuts to arts and humanities courses were confirmed by @officestudents

These courses face a 50% cut to their subsidies, which will make many unviable, forcing them to close

Here are the courses that are effected:

Performing arts

Design studies
Cinematics and photography
Information services
Media studies
Clothing production
Footwear production

The cuts aren't restricted to traditional university degrees either, and also target learndirect courses, which are aimed at upskilling adults in employment

Those courses are:

Arts and crafts
Gardening and floristry
Industrial design
Product design
Industrial model making

Technical engineering and drawing
Manufacturing and production
Information studies
Moving image/photography/media production

These cuts are one of the biggest attacks on the arts and humanities in living memory

And the universities most vulnerable to course closures will be those with a higher number of less well-off students.

It is beyond disgraceful.
Our full response to the cuts announced today is here👇


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