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KAFP 3390 - Creative Industries : The New Challenges

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


No specific prerequisites for this course. However, a good command of English (written and oral) is necessary and a genuine interest for the broad and varied landscape of cultural and creative industries.

Course Description

In recent decades, the creative industries have been one the most rapidly growing sectors in the world economy, in an increasingly global and digital environment. This changing landscape raises new challenges for cultural professionals and policymakers. This course seeks to address sectorial (art market, publishing, performing arts, museums, heritage, music, film industry, video games, etc.) and cross-cutting issues which impact the different cultural industries. After setting a conceptual framework (key definitions and concepts, facts and figures), the courses will explore the common features and specificities of each creative sector from an international and comparative perspective. Each session will present an overview of the key stakeholders, the institutional, legal and economic framework, new business models and industry trends in a given sector. Illustrative case studies will provide concrete insights on timely issues. Students will gain a critical perspective on the policies and practices which favour cultural diversity, innovation and creativity in an environment marked by the concentration of ownership and the production of mainstream culture.


  • ARCHER, Emma L. (Independent Consultant)
  • PLANEIX-CROCKER, Madeleine (Teaching Assistant)

Pedagogical format

One to two sessions will be dedicated to each cultural sector, providing an overview of its institutional, legal and economic framework, key stakeholders, new business models and industry trends, completed with concrete examples and case studies. In addition, students will gain a critical perspective on current issues through the participation of industry professionals.

Course validation

Mid-term paper assigned to each student among a list of themes (40%) ; Final Examination (60%).


A detailed bibliography will be provided during the introductory session as a reference for suggested reading.

Required reading

  • THROSBY David, Economics and Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • HESMONDALGH David, The Cultural Industries, Sage Publishing, 2013
  • CAVES Richard, Creative Industries Contracts between Arts and Commerce, Harvard University Press

Additional required reading

TOWSE Ruth, A Handbook for cultural economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013