Trends in education and research in the Creative Industries

Twenty years after the Creative Industries Mapping Documents were released by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, QUT researchers discussed trends and future growth in the industry from the world's first university with a dedicated Creative Industries Faculty.

The continued growth of creative industries courses internationally

Professor Terry Flew
There is a disjuncture between academic debates about creative industries, which have been caught in a stand-off between cultural economics and critical humanities, and trends in policy and curriculum around the world. Under the banners of the creative economy and the digital creative industries, there is substantial and growing policy engagement with creative industries, not as a cultural alternative to traditional industries, but as increasingly at the core of industrial strategies. Associated with this has been a growth in the number of creative industries courses being offered around the world, and findings from interviewees associated with these new courses in the UK and Australia will be discussed.


Beyond the Creative Industries?

Professor Gavin Sade
In the twenty years since the Creative Industries was first developed in the UK there has been a growth in universities offering degree programs. Australia has been a leader with the creation of the first Bachelor of Creative Industries in 2001, and today over 6 universities offering Creative Industries degree programs. However, the majority of these programs are primarily framed by the original sectors identified as making up the Creative Industries. This is despite research into creative intensity and the role of embedded creatives in sectors beyond the Creative Industries. Similarly work on industrial clusters and economic complexity has shown how creative economies evolve over time through the combination of unique capabilities across disciplines. This raises the question about what type of program is best suited to preparing graduates for sustainable creative careers?


Is manufacturing undergoing a creative turn?

Professor Greg Hearn and Associate Professor Cori Stewart
Embedded creatives have always been part to the manufacturing industry, however, with the digitisation of manufacturing now rapidly transforming the industry, creative knowledge workers are performing increasingly important and growing number of roles. In this discussion we will explore imagined futures for manufacturing from the fully automated ‘future factory’ that envisages minimal or no humans on the factory floor to an ‘art and design-led factory’ where the creative knowledge workers – as factory operators – perform key decision-making roles throughout the manufacturing process. We discuss the Design Robotics project and what it tells us about the evolution of creative industries thinking over the last 20 years.

What is the play, and what is my part?

Kate Eltham
QUT Creative Industries Faculty is an acknowledged leader of training and research for creative industries, yet a role exists beyond this for the University as a partner of government and industry at local, state and federal levels. Against the backdrop of the Queensland Government’s 10-Year Roadmaps for Screen Industry and Arts and Creative Industries, this paper will argue the 20-year trajectory of CIF has led us to the right mix of transdisciplinary research and industry collaboration to play a more influential policy and sector development role in the creative industries.