CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

For young people, the transition into creative work is not a solo journey. Creative Industries are different from other sectors. Obtaining Certificates and formal credentials are less important than accessing networks and contacts. Mentors, teachers and others play key roles in coaching young people in the creative arts and providing access to creative networks and industries.*

 

* "Young People’s Transitions into Creative Work", Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watson and Ben Kirshner, Routledge (2019)

BACKGROUND

For young people, the transition into creative work is not a solo journey.

Creative Industries are different from other sectors. Obtaining Certificates and formal credentials are less important than accessing networks and contacts.

Mentors, teachers and others play key roles in coaching young people in the creative arts and providing access to creative networks and industries. *

This Project was developed to engage young people in co-designing a recovery strategy for those wanting a career in the creative industries during the COVID pandemic.

Built on youth-led research, this Project provided the opportunity for students enrolled in Arts and Design at Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) to research employment in relevant creative industry/industries.

Interviews provided opportunities for young people to make meaning from conversations that offered insights into how connections and access to industry professionals help to identify diffuse and hidden networks.

 

* “Young People’s Transitions into Creative Work”, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watson and Ben Kirshner, Routledge (2019)

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Over the past 2 years, the Covid19 global pandemic has had a significant impact on the creative industries sector in the northern region of Melbourne.

In partnership with Northern Metro Partnerships,  NorthLink and NCAT we initiated a youth led project to unpack what would help young people who are entering the creative industry sector for the first time.

This Project was developed to engage young people in co-designing a recovery strategy for those wanting a career in the creative industries during the COVID pandemic.

This Project provided the opportunity for students enrolled in Arts and Design at Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) to research employment in relevant creative industries.

Online interviews provided opportunities for young people to make meaning from conversations that offered insights into how connections and access to industry professionals help to identify diffuse and hidden networks in the sector.

The following graph shows Creative Industry employment by LGA in Melbourne's North

The Project was developed to assist young people transition into the Creative Industries which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

In Melbourne's North, employment in the sector is concentrated in Darebin and in Moreland.

In Moreland, Creative Industry employment has declined significantly over the two years of the pandemic, while in Darebin it held up in the first year, but has declined in 2021.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT INVOLVE?

The project involved a combination of research and explorative investigation activities that saw students participate in;

  • Tours to Creative Spaces in the North (Collinwood Yards, Siteworks, Schoolhouse Studios, etc) to allow students to appreciate the opportunities and support networks available - the Tour component was cancelled, due to lockdown.
  • Online interviews with working creative professionals to discuss their experiences and identify the kind of support that assists young people seeking to enter the industry.
  • A regional Think Tank provided the opportunity for local governments, arts professionals, community agencies and teaching practitioners to consider the findings of the student-led research, and strengthen existing networks and promote collaboration to support young people.

 HEAR FROM THE STUDENT'S INVOLVED

NCAT Student, Fred Wild, outlines the project aims and learning outcomes.

NCAT Student, Emilia De Platter, discusses her experiences working on the project as part of the research team and how the youth-led process supported her learnings.

FINDINGS OF THE STUDENT LED RESEARCH

6 KEY THINGS YOUNG PEOPLE FOUND: 

1. People are generally happy to help - don't be afraid to reach out

2. Offering to assist, volunteering, work experience - all open doors and indicate interest and enthusiasm.

3. Work comes through your networks - opens up opportunities

4.  Think of networking as 'finding your community' - lead to unexpected outcomes

5. Develop new skills (esp. other artforms) to extend your creative range - provides more opportunities

6. Many creative people are self-employed, so either develop business skills or find people who can provide this support

Read more about the project findings in the Pathways to Creative Industries Report, including recommendations for further action endorsed by young people.

MEET THE STUDENT RESEARCH TEAM

The student research team consists of  Year 11 VCAL & Year 12 (repeat) Arts and Design students from Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT).

The students were organized into Music, Photography and Visual Arts teams.

  • Henry (Aged 17) VCE Year 11 Music student - A bass player, active doing gigs, interested in jazz
  • Cooper (Aged 19) Cert IV Music Industry (Sound Production) student - A performing musician, interested in sound production
  • Noah (Aged 17) VCE Year 11 Music student - Interested in music publishing, music production
  • Emilia (Aged 18) Cert IV Folio Prep, Design student - Design student interested in character and concept art
  • Jayla (Aged 18) Cert IV Folio Prep, Design student - Visual artist drawn to painting
  • Fred (Aged 18) Cert IV Folio Prep, Design student - Interested in general design         
  • Callum (Aged 26) Cert IV Photography student - Interest in working with analogue images, darkroom work
  • Amity (Aged 19) Cert IV Photography student - Interests are portrait work, set design, production set up
  • Morgan (Aged 20) Cert IV Photography student - Interest in general photography
  • Oden (Aged 19) Visual Arts Immersion (NCAT) student - Interested in visual arts

Meet the Student Research Team

STUDENT DESIGN CONTRIBUTION

Project collateral including project identity, Think Tank flyer and Report cover design was created by NCAT student Angelique Rebillard.

Angelique describes how she approached the design for this project;

"Connecting young people to creative industries", I wanted to show the way how many of us stems from the same place of knowledge and go off to accomplish different things. Some of us choose more than one path and others are set on just one. Being in this community in youth there are so many choices to be made and it helps when someone from the same community lends a hand to nudge you in the right direction. You can be in the right place until a new pathway begins to grow and then that becomes the right place. There is no limit to growth when it comes to the creative arts.

24 INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEWS

The student research team conducted 24 online interviews with working creative professionals to discuss their experiences, and identify the kind of support that assists young people seeking to enter the industry. The questions used for the interviews were co-designed with the students and focussed on the following:

  • What are the things you need to know to be able to work in the industry (apart from developing the necessary technical skills)?
  • How are opportunities created and identified?
  • What advice would you give a young person trying to enter your industry?
  • What would have helped you, when you were getting started?
  • How has COVID shaped how you work?

Listen to the complete online interviews conducted by students with the following creative professionals who supported the project.

THINK TANK

The Creative Industries Think Tank was held on Thursday 7th of October over Zoom, and attended by 70 students and 80 local governments representatives, arts professionals, community agencies and teaching practitioners.

Hosted by Grace Dlabik, Founder of BE. and BE. ONE CREATIVE Programmer and Community Manager for Schoolhouse Studios, the Think Tank provided the opportunity for students to present the findings from the completed research, strengthen existing networks, and promote collaboration to support young people.

Think Tank Guest Speakers

Special thanks to the following:

The Student Researchers

NCAT Staff : Raffaela Galati-Brown (Principal), Mark Russell, Peter Myers, Irene Allessandro and Kylie O’malley.

The Northern Partnership: Fiona Florakx (DJPR) and Elizabeth Ryan (DJPR)

NORTHLINK:
Chris James and Nick Mchale

The Project Steering Committee:
Peter Hille and Committee Members

PROJECT PARTNERS

We take this opportunity to thank our key funding partners for their support in the development of the Creative Industries Project.