Creative Exchange: An evolving model of multidisciplinary collaboration

Katja Fleischmann, Clive Hutchison


Often the traditional creative arts curriculum does not sufficiently respond
to, nor reflect, contemporary work practice. Multidisciplinary teams are now
increasingly the norm in creative arts practice especially when driven by
technological innovation. Drawing on contemporary research that centres on
the benefits of multidisciplinary collaboration, Creative Exchange is a direct
attempt to implement multidisciplinary practice within a tertiary learning
environment. Outcomes aim to prepare students for dynamic engagement
with the challenges and possibilities of their future workplace in the creative
arts industries. After the initial planning stages and based on recent research
findings, the scope of Creative Exchange has broadened from collaborative
engagement within the creative arts to a broader rationale that includes noncreative arts’ disciplines e.g. Information Technology, Business and
Journalism. In order to develop a sustainable solution this approach was
formalised in the POOL MODEL framework (Fleischmann, 2008a, 2008b,
2010) within which Creative Exchange saw its first implementation in 2009
in the School of Creative Arts at James Cook University.


Design education, creative arts curriculum, multidisciplinary collaboration, learning and teaching pool, curriculum design.

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