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The University of Southampton
Creative Futures Exchange

The creative industries generate significant government and policy interest in the United Kingdom (see Creative Industries Council; British Council Creative Economy Programme) and Ghana (see Creative Arts Council of Ghana). Learning and teaching activities and content relating to the creative industries often combine scholarly inquiry, public-engagement and support for employability and entrepreneurship. This can though be limited in focus to the country where a university is based, for example in aligning to specific contexts and opportunities (e.g., work experience; industry speakers; business start-up plans).

Going beyond a national focus on the creative industries is vital for students to build new understandings, collaborations and aspirations, and to engage with industry and policy makers in global conversations about the experiences, challenges and futures of working in the creative industries. Promoting internationalisation through the curriculum is a compelling way for students to develop skills and experiences to succeed with their careers and address issues of equality, diversity and sustainability in the creative industries.

The project is focused around four online workshops and associated digital collaborations. Participation is welcome from students at the University of Southampton and University of Ghana and local creative organisations and practitioners – please see the Participating page for further details.

In developing the project and preparing for the workshops, the team will create three reports and a curriculum development resource pack (made available on the Resources and Reports page).


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