Professional development in the creative industries: methods and insights from regional practitioners

Daniel, Ryan, Fleischmann, Katja, and Welters, Riccardo (2017) Professional development in the creative industries: methods and insights from regional practitioners. Australian Journal of Career Development, 26 (3). pp. 113-123.

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Professional development for those pursuing a career in creative industries is typically driven by individual practitioners, given most areas (e.g. photography, design, film) do not require membership with a regulatory organisation or evidence of continuing skills development. For those based regionally, opportunities for professional development are also less available than for those in capital cities. This paper reports on the findings of a survey (N=151) and follow-up interviews (N=29) with current creative industries practitioners in the regional city of Townsville in northern Australia, in relation to professional development opportunities and issues faced as a result of being located a substantial distance from the nearest capital city. The findings reveal a range of key challenges for regional practitioners due to distance and access to specialists in the field, yet at the same time a number of opportunities for those who display human agency and who are agentic learners.

Item ID: 52312
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-4162
Keywords: creative industries, professional development, regional, Townsville, agentic learners
Funders: Townsville City Council
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 02:16
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360699 Visual arts not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics @ 50%
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