In the past decade cities and national governments have placed culture at the centre of their development agendas. They have invested in multi-million dollar art museums and promoted creative industries as part of their innovation and R&D strategies. Local communities have also looked to arts and culture for a sense of identity, resilience and new forms of employment. International agencies such as UNESCO are strongly promoting the cultural and creative economy as a key element of sustainable development across the “Global South”.
In Australia and internationally individuals are seeking employment, fulfilment and a sense of community engagement through diverse forms of participation in this cultural economy. They are finding work as freelancers or they set up as small commercial and not-for profit businesses; they work with corporate, publicly funded, charitable and community entities; they work in urban, suburban and rural settings, and across developing, emerging and developed economies.
This cultural economy is complex and diverse, where cultural and economic dynamics combine in ways that transgress traditional disciplinary and policy boundaries. New career paths are emerging across industries, policy bodies and communities where traditional approaches to ‘creative entrepreneurship’ and ‘arts and cultural management’ become simplistic and inflexible.
The Master of Cultural Economy (MCE) is Australia’s most innovative postgraduate program designed to prepare you for careers in a range of employment areas where culture, economy and policy intersect.