Becoming an artist: exploring the motivations of undergraduate students at a regional Australian University

Daniel, Ryan, and Johnstone, Robert (2016) Becoming an artist: exploring the motivations of undergraduate students at a regional Australian University. Studies in Higher Education, 42 (6). pp. 1015-1032.

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Abstract

Despite the well-documented challenges that artists face in developing and sustaining a viable career, there is ongoing interest and enrolment in higher education programmes in the creative and performing arts. At the same time, extant research demonstrates that a higher education degree does not necessarily lead to enhanced career success for graduates of these programmes. Hence, this paper explores survey data from 120 creative and performing arts students at a regional Australian higher education institution, in terms of their motivation to study at this level and to pursue a career as an artist. The findings reveal various insights into the factors that motivate this group of students, as well as issues of wider relevance to providers of higher education programmes in the creative and performing arts.

Item ID: 40201
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-174X
Keywords: artists; artists' careers; motivation; creative industries; higher education
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 01:23
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 100%
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