Professional capabilities for twenty-first century creative careers : lessons from outstandingly successful Australian artists and designers

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2013) Professional capabilities for twenty-first century creative careers : lessons from outstandingly successful Australian artists and designers. The International Journal of Art and Design Education, 32(2), pp. 176-189.

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Abstract

Artists and designers are positioned at the centre of the 21st century creative economy. In order to recognise and make the most of the opportunities afforded by this new era, artists and designers still require the creativity, disciplinary depth of knowledge, and technical skills traditionally possessed by professionals in these fields – skills which are a core strength of higher and further art and design education. However, they may also require a range of other, ‘21st century’ creative capabilities which are harder to define, teach for and assess, and are not the focus of traditional art and design pedagogies. This article draws upon the findings of nine in-depth interviews with award-winning Australian artists and designers about their careers and working practices, along with recent international research about the characteristics of the 21st century creative career, in order to highlight the importance of certain professional capabilities for art and design. It discusses the implications of these findings for art and design educators in universities, and curricular and pedagogic considerations associated with embedding these capabilities into undergraduate courses.

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ID Code: 49146
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: creative industries, entrepreneurship, social networks, case study, arts careers, design careers, HERN
ISSN: 1476-8070 (online) 1476-8062 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author. iJADE NSEAD/John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Deposited On: 14 Mar 2012 22:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 09:08

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