Reimagining higher education curricula for creative and performing artists: creating more resilient and industry-ready graduates

Daniel, Ryan (2022) Reimagining higher education curricula for creative and performing artists: creating more resilient and industry-ready graduates. In: Francis, Abraham P., and Carter, Margaret Anne, (eds.) Mental Health and Higher Education in Australia. Springer, Singapore, pp. 151-160.

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Abstract

Creative and performing artists often experience heightened levels of mental health distress, experiences increasingly recognised in the discourse and the academic literature. Some students studying the arts at the higher education level may even bring with them pre-existing mental health issues, which can affect their capacities for learning and career preparation. On completing their studies, graduates enter a sector that offers particular challenges in terms of significant competition for employment, non-linear work patterns, precarious resource bases, and physical and mental stressors associated with the nature of artistic work. An artist therefore requires resilience and mental strength to cope with the realities of their practice. This chapter surveys recent research literature relevant to artists and mental health, it identifies several implications for higher education programs in the arts, and suggests ways curricula might be reimagined to respond to a post-pandemic world which is likely to offer significant challenges for artists.

Item ID: 73086
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-16-8040-3
Keywords: Artists, Mental Health, Higher Education, Curriculum, Covid-19
Copyright Information: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 02:33
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3604 Performing arts > 360499 Performing arts not elsewhere classified @ 50%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360699 Visual arts not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130104 The performing arts @ 50%
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