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The Public Value of Creative Vocations


CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian has been having her say on the recent debate about the future of creative arts education in the United Kingdom in response to the recent Augar Review.

She was invited, along with Scott Brook of RMIT University in Australia, to contribute with a blog entry, hosted by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) and led by “innovation foundation” NESTA (formerly the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Drs Comunian andBrook argue that “Degrees do not necessarily need to be seen as pecuniary investments” (the belief that unless one gets a financial return on one’s investment, they have no value). “They are investments in many other forms of value that may or may not be redeemable in financial returns”.  They add: “rather than cutting funding and discounting student career outcomes, we need to put pressure on HE providers to make the public value of creative vocations explicit, as well as improve creative graduate outcomes within and beyond the creative sector”.

You can read the full blog entry here: To read the Augur Review, go to:

Roberta Comunian (pictured) is Reader in Creative Economy here in CMCI.


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