QUT’s successful masters program designed for the Arts and Entertainment industries is doing what it’s supposed to do – make the Arts work.
The Master of Creative Industries (Creative Production and Arts Management) course produces graduates who thrive in an increasingly competitive market. But it’s a market much in need of highly effective and educated event managers and producers – people with awareness of current industrial agendas and trends, skills in leadership, management and administration, and communication, and who can also develop and apply effective market and audience development strategies.
Graduate Nicholas Paine, independent producer and Program Manager at Brisbane’s iconic La Boite Theatre Company cites the practical focus of the course as a key to his success in the industry.
‘My time at QUT was invaluable. All units of study that I undertook gave me an insight into how the industry really works. All of my lecturers and tutors had a varied range of experience in the field and were able to provide me with a real-world approach to learning. It opened my eyes to the broad possibilities of alternate career options.”
“Then, when I had completed my masters, it gave me the freedom to carve a unique role within the industry. I love that I am part of creating work that inspires other artists, individuals and communities,’ he said.
Dr Georgia Seffrin, coordinator for the course claims that graduates tend to be “multi-skilled, entrepreneurial and self-starting, having developed the practical skills to run a festival, market a theatre season, and develop a strategic plan.  They have opportunities for mentoring and internship with local and national leaders in festivals in events and practical assessment projects can be customised to your own development needs.
Importantly, they also have the theoretical skills to advocate, articulate and administer in the Creative Industries and Arts sector.” 
“Graduates from 2012 are now working as Artistic Directors, Marketing Managers and in Curatorial roles.  If you are looking to commence a career, or advance your current skills base, most of our students find that this course provides you with the perfect balance of practical skills and conceptual knowledge in the creative industries and the Arts,” Dr Seffrin said. 
Applications are currently open for commencement in July. Course information can be found at: http://www.qut.edu.au/creative-industries
For more information contact: Dr Georgia Seffrin, QUT Creative Industries, 3138 3243 or [email protected]