Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future (EAS2089)

30 credits

Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future tracks the profound changes that the creative industries have gone through during the 20th and early 21st centuries. The module, which focuses on the publishing industry, museums, film and theatre, looks at how each of these industries has become increasingly focused on ‘users’, tracking how they have worked with emergent technologies, including social media, to shape new forms of engagement; how they have widened participation and redefined access; reinvented values (aesthetic, economic, social); and dealt with generational and social divides. Students will learn about how the creative industries operate as organisations; how they design their relationships to readerships, visitors and audiences; how they use a range of technologies to reach out to different groups; how they produce novel forms of aesthetic and economic value; and how they usually operate through shrinking budgets. The module requires no prior knowledge or skills and is open to anyone with an interest in the current and future developments of the creative industries.