21st century creative skills for students

The study of creative Arts provides essential skills for individual advancement in the 21st century, writes Maxine Kohler, Principal of Sydney’s The McDonald College.

A driving commitment to provide the environment for students passionate about performance (Academic, performing Arts and Sport) was the founding philosophy of The McDonald College.

It is this very concept of creativity and design that is now being recognised as a fundamental component of a student’s success and are at the forefront of our rapidly changing world. Creativity has never been more valued by individuals, society and employers, and creative workers are sought after for the economic, social and cultural development of our ever-changing world and employment landscape.

A recent article published by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) discusses the importance of studying Creative Art subjects for building necessary 21st century skills. It is a creative mindset that we aim to impart to our students – have a go, believe, get back up again, find a way, communicate, celebrate who you are, celebrate difference, dare to be different, problem solve and ultimately perform.

“Creative Arts students experience and develop the complex skills required to create and test ideas, generate creative works with confidence, shape inquiry and to critically evaluate and reflect on what they do. Developing an independent, forward thinking, learning mindset is considered critical to the future world of work,” commented Rosemary Gorman, NESA Creative Arts Inspector.

For more than 31 years we have been providing students with the opportunity to pursue their passion for performing Arts while receiving an academic education. We have found that our students are able to use their creative skills in a number of industries, regardless of whether they choose to pursue the performing Arts after school or not. These are universal skill sets that can be used in a myriad of careers including journalism, medicine, film and TV, fashion, law and more.

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