Future Models of Employment for the Creative Industries

Associate Professor Laurene Vaughan, Dr Leo Berkeley, Dr Adam Nash, Brownyn Clarke, Don Gordon,

The aim of this project (September 2014 to March 2015)  is to develop innovative curriculum and shared resources that support students in the Creative Industries for employment post-study. The objective is also to analyse and document the planning process, for systematically embedding international online collaborative learning experiences – including industry involvement for work integrated learning – across the School’s undergraduate program suite.

The nature of work and employment in the Creative Industries is transitioning at a rapid rate. Digital and networked technologies not only change what we ‘make’ in these industries but also the structures within which work takes place. The proposition of stable full-time employment with one company or studio is diminishing. As noted by Lisa Colley, Director – Creative Industries Innovation Centre, QUT Australia, “In ten years’ time, the workforce and working environment will look nothing like it does today. It is within the creative industries that these changes are being felt first and fast.”

Communication, collaboration, distributed online work systems, and a networked society are all seen to be the work paradigms of the future. Preparing our students to work within this dynamic and unknown future is essential, and it requires new curriculum, new modes of engagements with industry, new definitions of what ‘industry’ is, and a new way of conceptualising work and economic reward for creative labour. In many ways what we are proposing is a culture shift that has to be embedded in every aspect of what we do, how we talk and what we teach.