Equally engaged : demystifying tertiary study in the creative arts to equity communities

Felton, Emma (2014) Equally engaged : demystifying tertiary study in the creative arts to equity communities. In INSEA 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA 2014), 7-11 July 2014, Melbourne, VIC.


The participation rate of students from low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds into Australian universities remains low. A nationwide initiative to raise participation rates aims to stimulate interest, highlight career possibilities and enhance understanding of university. The program also aims to improve retention and completion rates of those students.

This paper provides a case study and preliminary evaluation of QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty’s (CIF) outreach programs to low SES school students, operating since 2012. Programs are conducted across the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Media, Digitalstorytelling, Music and Entertainment. Presenting the arts and creative industries as a viable study / career pathway is particularly challenging to low SES groups. However, the focus on the creative industries aims to broaden understanding of arts and creativity, emphasising the significance of digital technology in the transformation of the workforce, providing new career opportunities in the creative and non-creative sectors. CIF’s outreach programs have been delivered to hundreds of students and this paper presents a case study and evaluation of several programs.

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ID Code: 75505
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: art education, social inclusion, low socio-economic students, creative industries, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 01:58
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 23:07

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