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Art for art’s sake? A critique of the instrumentalist turn in the teaching of media and communications in UK universities

Ramsey, Phil and White, Andrew (2015) Art for art’s sake? A critique of the instrumentalist turn in the teaching of media and communications in UK universities. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21 (1). pp. 78-96. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10286632.2013.878338

DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2013.878338

Abstract

This paper charts the turn in the UK New Labour government’s (1997-2010) creative industries policy from an early focus on encouraging wider access to the arts to an increasingly instrumentalist emphasis on self-funding and the generation of wealth from intellectual property. The paper demonstrates the effect of this policy primarily through the case of the teaching of media and communications in UK universities. Focusing on the Skillset Media Academy Network (SMAN), the authors ask whether this is both the best approach to teaching media and communications in UK universities and appropriate that many of these courses appear to be solely geared towards preparing graduates for jobs in the creative industries.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:creative industries; neo-liberalism; cultural policy; higher education; vocational education; arts and humanities.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:36429
Deposited By: Dr Phil Ramsey
Deposited On:07 Dec 2016 11:10
Last Modified:07 Dec 2016 11:10

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