Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus

10 March 2016 | Mentions

Higher Education and the Creative Economy book cover

"Since the DCMS Creative Industries Mapping Document highlighted the key role played by creative activities in the UK economy and society, the creative industries agenda has expanded across Europe and internationally. They have the support of local authorities, regional development agencies, research councils, arts and cultural agencies and other sector organisations. Within this framework, higher education institutions have also engaged in the creative agenda, but have struggled to define their role in this growing sphere of activities.

Higher Education and the Creative Economy critically engages with the complex interconnections between higher education, geography, cultural policy and the creative economy. This book is organised into four sections which articulate the range of dynamics that can emerge between higher education and the creative economy: partnership and collaboration across Higher Education institutions and the creative and cultural industries; the development of creative human capital; connections between arts schools and local art scenes; and links with broader policy directions and work. While it has a strong UK component, it also includes international perspectives, specifically from Australia, Singapore, Europe and the USA. This authoritative collection challenges the boundaries of creative and cultural industry development by bringing together international experts from a range of subject areas, presenting researchers with a unique multidisciplinary approach to the topic.

This edited collection will be of interest to researchers and policy makers working in the area of creative and cultural industries development."


"To support the creative economy, art and design education was fortified, gaps were identified, and new areas developed through input from industry. Since the 1990s, the National Arts Council has invested in arts enrichment programmes, while the Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced a range of elective arts education programmes to permeate every stage of a student's learning journey. From 2009, MOE rolled out an Arts Syllabus for primary school education (ages 6-12 years) to systematically and methodically introduce art to young learners. The Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Arts (MICA) established a pre-tertiary (ages 13-18) School of the Arts (SOTA) in 2008 in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for secondary arts education. Yet there are also community-based arts organisations providing hobbyist and/or skills-based training. Schools such as the Theatre Practice, Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, and Sri Warisan provide self-validated certificate programmes in niche areas." (Cultural policy, creative economy and arts higher education in renaissance Singapore, Venka Purushothaman)

Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus
Editors: Roberta Comunian, Abigail Gilmore
Publisher: Routledge, 2016
ISBN: 131742073X, 9781317420736