Creative Education and Careers
Examining the education and careers of the creative workforce.
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Vanderbilt University has been at the forefront of the national conversation and has recently launched its own Creative Campus initiative which seeks to place creativity at the center of campus life – integrating art, media, design and creative expression into the curriculum; transforming campus spaces through public art and performance; connecting faculty and students across disciplines, with a special emphasis on the links between artistic and scientific practice; and building community, both on and off campus, by using art and creativity to animate conversations, reach across cultures, and bring people together around heritage, public service and difficult dialogues.
“With respect to creativity and a liberal education, what is the value added of graduating with two majors?” The principal investigators of this project, sociologists Steven J. Tepper and Richard Pitt of Vanderbilt, contend that very little work has been done in recent years on the rising trend of double majors, and especially on its benefits and drawbacks. They will explore the choice and impact of different curricular pathways—with an emphasis on the differences among a variety of possible college major combinations—among undergraduate students at four comprehensive institutions and six liberal arts colleges.
SNAAP is an online survey system to collect, track, and disseminate national data about the artistic lives and careers of alumni who trained as visual, performing, or literary artists at both the high school and college levels. As an ongoing research system, it will allow education institutions, researchers and arts leaders to look at the systemic factors that help or hinder the career paths of alumni, whether they chose to work as artists or pursued other paths.
Additional Creative Education and Careers features from The Curb Center:
March 28th, 2013
Companies all across America are starting to see a critical talent gap as older employees retire. Arts students may not have all the traditional skills, but they have the most important one: creativity. Steven Tepper writes about this in Fast Company.
October 22nd, 2012
“Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates,” is a national conference hosted by Vanderbilt University in March, 2013. The conference brings together arts funders, policy-makers, educators, researchers, artists, journalists, graduates of arts programs, active participants in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), and other individuals with an interest or More…
July 26th, 2011
Steven Tepper and Douglas Dempster’s essay on the net price versus value of an art school education is featured on Inside Higher Ed. But how much is too much to pay for a college education? Can American higher education be more accountable, transparent, and forthcoming with telling measures of value without withering in Weber’s iron More…
June 9th, 2011
Steven Tepper is collaborating with Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. New findings from that survey show that, contrary to widespread belief, most arts graduates are employed and hold jobs consistent with their educational goals. For example, 92% of those who wish to work currently are, with most finding employment soon after graduating. Two-thirds said their first job was a close match for the kind of work they wanted. More…
October 13th, 2010
Elizabeth Long Lingo and Steven Tepper’s essay on the promise of the creative campus was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “In the past few years, we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about fostering creativity, on campus and in society. Some college leaders claim to have found the secret formula, while others ask how to place creativity at the center of campus and academic life. The creative turn in higher education, however, remains only a series of ad hoc experiments.” More…
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