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Innovations to the Professional Development Curriculum

By Pablo Boczkowski

The MSLCE program is always improving, as a result of responding to both students’ needs and market trends. This fall quarter we launched a new class, Culture and Arts Analytics, taught by Ágnes Horvát. In this class students acquired the essential toolkit to interpret and mine Big Data resources for the creative sector. This is a key element of the making and distribution of creative goods and services in the digital age.

This emphasis on technology and innovation, which is a cornerstone of the MSLCE program, continued with our faculty talks, on Network Research and Education and Gaming by Leslie DeChurch and Mike Horn, respectively. It was also woven throughout our speaker series, featuring Chris Meador from Facebook, Adam Sachs formerly from podcast trailblazer Midroll Media, and Brigette Whisnant from Havas Worldwide.

We also unveiled two new all-day workshops within the framework of the Professional Development class: Teamwork and Project Management, taught by Gail Berger and Dan Heck, respectively. The former exposed the students to the fundamentals of working effectively in team environments, which are essential skills to thrive in the creative economy. The latter gave students a blueprint for managing initiatives involving a wide array of actors and complex processes, two of the hallmarks of creative products.

Even though we are already in our third year, we are constantly innovating, striving to remain at the cutting edge of educating the next generation of leaders in the creative sector. Stay tuned for more updates in our spring quarter newsletter!

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