Arts subjects should be given more status in England's school curriculum, according to a group of science and engineering experts.
The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) are together calling for more youngsters to study both arts and sciences, arguing that creative subjects are as important as science, maths, engineering and technology, BBC News reports.
They have said that a school should be given an outstanding rating by Ofsted only if it can show children are given a wide range of cultural experiences.
Creative industries make a significant contribution to the country's economy, adding as much as £77 billion a year or about five per cent of gross domestic product, the experts claim.
However, they argue that subjects such as performing arts, design, music and film studies are being overlooked as 'core' subjects like science, maths and literacy are given priority.
In fact, studying these subjects is important because they can lead to children developing the skills needed for careers in design, engineering and computer gaming.
The CIF and ICE are asking universities to review their selection criteria to "positively encourage a mixed portfolio of qualifications" at GCSE and A and AS-level.
The government says the arts play a "key role" in its broad and balanced curriculum.
A Department for Education spokesman said: "Art and design and music are compulsory subjects within the national curriculum for five to 14-year-olds and the number of pupils taking these subjects at GCSE continues to rise."
He added that music, art and cultural education would receive a funding boost this year, which would allow more youngsters to enter the creative industries.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels