Creative Graduates Creative Futures

Creative Graduates Creative Futures

This largest-ever study of the career patterns of graduates from UK courses in art, design, craft and media explores graduates’ experiences of higher education, their activities since graduating, the work they are currently engaged in, and their plans for the future.

Published reports from the project

November 2010: Creative Graduate Stories

Creative Graduate StoriesCreative Career Stories is the second report of the Creative Graduates Creative Futures (CGCF) longitudinal study of the early careers of more than 3,500 creative graduates, undertaken between 2008 and 2010. It draws on findings of qualitative research, providing further insights into creative careers some five to seven years after graduation. It explores through narratives the connections graduates make between their courses and careers, in their own words. The timing of the research, during the economic downturn, also offers unique insights into the impact of recession on their working lives and the strategies they employ to continue to work towards their goals. The report contents include: executive summary, introduction, early career experiences and career facilitators, impact of recession on early careers, models for work and portfolio lives, the value of a creative education, future plans and professional development, career stories, and enhancing creative careers – the challenges.

June 2010: Crafting Futures. A study of the early careers of crafts graduates from UK higher education institutions

Crafting FuturesThe Crafting Futures is a study undertaken for the Crafts Council. This explores the early careers of more than 600 graduates in crafts subjects some six years on from graduation, drawing on the large body of data from Creative Graduates Creative Futures. It explores the value of a crafts education to the economy through the experiences of crafts graduates as they move from higher education into work, and compares these experiences with those of graduates in the CGCF study. It also builds on and offers comparisons with an earlier study of crafts graduates careers: New Lives in the Making (Press and Cusworth, 1998) more than a decade ago. The report contents include: executive summary, introduction, survey sample profile, the creative curriculum and work experience, career patterns, further study and learning, career aspirations and motivations, a richer picture of career experiences, and career stories.

January 2010: Creative Graduates Creative Futures

Creative Graduates Creative FuturesThe Creative Graduates Creative Futures report provides a comprehensive exploration of the experiences, activities and contribution of creative graduates and their plans for the future. It sets the findings in context, providing expert commentaries from writers and researchers within the sector, and compares the position of creative graduates today with that of ten years ago, as evidenced by the Destinations and Reflections report of 1999.

The report contents include: executive summary, introduction, project development and methodology, sample profile, the creative curriculum and work experience, skills development and preparation for work, early career patterns, creative work and portfolio careers, further study and learning, career aspirations and motivations, and creative careers in the 21st century.

To accompany the report, a large body of supporting tables provide more detailed information about the survey sample and a breakdown of responses to the survey.

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