1st Edition

Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    Examining pathways from creative education to work, and preparation for these pathways within higher education programs, in the light of long standing labour debates, this book explores the creative launch experiences, destinations, and contributions of graduates emerging into an enormously diverse and heterogeneous creative workforce. Coming from university degree programs that tend to focus on the development of specialist creative disciplinary skills, graduates emerge into the diverse workforce with fairly narrow career identities. With contributions ranging from quantitative analyses of large longitudinal data sets to in-depth qualitative cases, the book aims to provide a range of studies that speak to the complexity found in creative careers. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Education and Work.

    Introduction: Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries Ruth Bridgstock, Ben Goldsmith, Jess Rodgers and Greg Hearn

    1. Digital technology and creative arts career patterns in the UK creative economy Roberta Comunian, Alessandra Faggian and Sarah Jewell

    2. Embedded creative workers and creative work in education Ben Goldsmith and Ruth Bridgstock

    3. Creative work careers: pathways and portfolios for the creative economy Daniel Ashton

    4. The careers of fine artists and the embedded creative Charlotte Carey

    5. The rise of the embedded designer in the creative industries Katja Fleischmann and Ryan Daniel


    Ruth Bridgstock is an educational futurist, researcher and scholar of graduate capabilities and learning for the 21st century. She is based at Queensland University of Technology, where she also convenes the flagship interdisciplinary Bachelor of Creative Industries course. She is co-editor of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (2014).

    Ben Goldsmith is Senior Lecturer in Screen and Media, and Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Industries, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. His research interests include media education and the use of screen media in education, Australian cinema, media policy, public service broadcasting, sports media, and smartphone apps.

    Jess Rodgers is a sessional academic and senior research assistant for the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. With a background in media, communication and journalism, Rodgers is published in queer theory and queer history, and is a co-editor of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (2014).

    Greg Hearn is Research Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. His work focuses on policy development and R&D for new technologies and services in the creative industries. His books include The knowledge economy handbook (2005 and 2012), and Eat Cook Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (2013).