CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian recently presented the paper “Creative graduates: challenges and career opportunities in the creative economy’ at a two symposium entitled “To teach or not to teach. Questioning the Art School” that took place on 7 and 8 November 2013 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. The symposium was part of the celebration of 350th anniversary of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
The two-day symposium looked at the past, present, and future as well as the facts and myths of post- secondary art teaching. It was not so much a traditional academic symposium as a happening that offered scope for reflection, artistic statements, public debate, discussion, and performance. Artists and academics discussed, reflected on, and debated a variety of topics.
Dr Roberta Comunian presented her paper “Creative graduates: challenges and career opportunities in the creative economy’”, which explored the different career patterns and economic performance of creative graduates across different creative disciplines in the UK. Using data from the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) the talk articulated a complex picture of the reality of finding a creative occupation for creative graduates. While students of some disciplines struggle to find full-time work in the creative economy, for others full-time occupation is the norm. Geography plays a crucial role also in offering graduates opportunities in creative occupations and higher salaries.