About FutureMakers

Creative entrepreneurship presents pathways, collaborations and opportunities for creative artists, arts producers and arts educators keen to share and grow their uniqueness, talents, ethos and ways of being within economies, sectors and communities that not only value financial outcomes but environment, social and cultural outcomes too. 
The core purpose of FutureMakers is to stimulate and promote creative entrepreneurship across the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries. We do this by contributing to existing courses and programmes; developing content resources that can be widely shared; and working with students who are determined to build creative careers that inspire innovation, collaboration and change. 

What outcomes are we going for?

One: Pathways, resources and networks for creative arts students and graduates that enrich and expand opportunities for their imagination, talent and work are illuminated, strengthened and/or grown as a significant contribution to the sustainable economic and cultural development of New Zealand and the world.

Note: Definition of sustainable // Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs across three interlinked elements: Environment (Planet), Society (People), and Economy (Profit).

Two: Creative arts students graduate as ‘future-makers’ with the confidence, critical thinking and spirit of provocation necessary for success in a diverse array of cross disciplinary, 21st century work environments.

Three: The waste, opportunity costs and non-fulfillment evident when creative arts graduates are not able to activate and/or fully realise their creative potential as arts practitioners, creative professionals and cultural innovators significantly diminishes as the power of creative entrepreneurship to meaningful impact the personal, community, societal and global futures is championed and promoted.

Four: The University of Auckland’s reputation globally as a leader in the provision of 21C creative arts education in New Zealand is enhanced.

How are we planning to get there?

One: To add value to academic programmes and courses within CAI by offering students significant opportunities to explore 21st century innovation, skills and practices that are influencing creative career development.

Two: To encourage CAI students and recent graduates to grow their creative vision, practice and confidence as emerging arts professionals to collaborate with creative professionals in adjacent sectors including those disciplines and fields actively disrupted by technology, politics, climate change and challenges in the biosphere.

Three: To encourage UOA creative arts students graduates and educators as FutureMakers continuously develop their creative vision, skills and networks over a lifetime by co-designing and engaging with professional development and academic learning opportunities and resources that explore the wide of  challenges facing society and the biosphere.