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Creative and Cultural Industries

» CCI at Chapman University


The 21st century has witnessed a profound shift in the way we view the world and ourselves in it. A key part of this shift is the rise of ‘The Creatives’ – individuals, institutions, cities, and regions that engage in issues and ideas from a distinctive and unique perspective. This has led to the formation of an exciting and rapidly growing field called the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI). Interdisciplinary, globally connected and locally engaged, and dynamic, CCI are involved with the major issues facing the world from the unique perspective of creativity as a problem-solver.

Initially CCI were recognized as the wide range of humanities and arts based activities – including digital media, film, television, tourism and travel, publishing, comics, fashion, advertising, theater. The view is even broader now, and includes the ways that creativity is used to solve problems, engage individuals and groups, communicate complex ideas, and explore new ways of thinking.

Chapman University’s study of CCI is one of the first of its kind in the USA, partnering with universities and institutions nationally and internationally who already have departments in this field, our students will be uniquely positioned to benefit from the local CCI to their global counterparts.

  • CCI Minor
  • CCI Incubator
  • CCI Faculty
  • LearningCreative and Cultural Industries (CCI) is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the arts and humanities. CCI looks at the vast array of cultural and creative activities from a local to global perspective, with subject areas as diverse as media, fashion, tourism, museums, art galleries, publishing, sports, gaming, new technologies, and visual cultures. This minor explores how these activities form part of our cultures and ways of understanding. CCI is also about the nature of creativity and how that is an essential part of our lives; of how we use creativity in different ways to solve issues, come up with new ideas and approaches, and unsettle the way the world thinks. CCI can be defined as the liberal arts for the 21st century.  Many of the traditional versions of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are being reshaped by the research and practices of the creative and cultural industries. Click here to learn more!
  • CCI Incubator at Chapman University (more information coming soon!)

  • Dr. Patrick Fuery
    Professor, Dean of Wilkinson College; Department of English

    Patrick Fuery is a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, with a BA (Hons), MPhil and Phd in Comparative Literature. He has held posts at the University of London (Royal Holloway College), Sussex University, and the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is the author of eight books and has been translated into Chinese, Italian, French, and Korean. His most recent book is Madness and Cinema. His research interests include psychoanalysis, semiotics, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, film and visual studies, medicine and the arts. He is currently completing two books: a study on cultural disturbance and the sublime; and an edited collection on medicine, culture, and the arts.  

    Dr. Kelli Fuery
    Assistant Professor Dollege College of Film and Media Arts

    Kelli Fuery did her B.A. (Hons) at Macquarie University in Critical and Cultural Studies, graduating in 1995 with a First. Her first graduate teaching appointment was at Royal Holloway, University of London in the Media Arts department teaching Film Theory and Analysis, Film History, and Television Studies where she enjoyed teaching with a focus that balanced practice and theory. Since then Kelli has held posts contemporary film, media and cultural studies at Monash University, the University of Newcastle, Australia, and in the (now) School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She completed her PhD (2005) at Murdoch University in Critical Theory, Film and Visual Culture. 

    Dr. Jamie Larkin
    Assistant Professor Creative and Cultural Industries

    Dr. Larkin’s research focusses on the intersection of culture and commerce, particularly in relation to the development and management of museums; he has published on such issues from both historic and contemporary perspectives. More broadly, Dr. Larkin is interested in the ways in which the public engage with the past. Prior to coming to Chapman,  Dr. Larkin worked on the Arts and Humanities Research Council project 'Mapping Museums: The History and Geography of the UK Museum Sector, 1960-2020' at Birkbeck, University of London. This interdisciplinary research generated the most extensive data ever amassed on UK museums and will result in a sophisticated digital database that will enable innovative analysis and visualization of museum trends. More information can be found here: http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/mapping-museums/. Dr. Larkin has taught at University College London, and been a Visiting Researcher at the University of South Florida, USA, and Visiting Professor at the Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy. He is currently Deputy Editor of the journal Public Archaeology.

    Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa
    Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Wilkinson College; Department of Sociology

    Stephanie Takaragawa is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research interests focus on issues of representation in film, mass media, art, performance, and cultural display. She is a founding member of the curatorial collective Ethnographic Terminalia (http://ethnographicterminalia.org/). Her dissertation Visualizing Japanese-America: the Japanese American National Museum and the Construction of Identity examined the role of the Japanese American National Museum in the construction and dissemination of a Japanese-American identity. She is currently president of the Society for Visual Anthropology (2015-2017)(http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/) a subsection of the American Anthropological Association. 

Contact Us

Shannon Halverson-Gorajia 
Creative and Cultural Industries Coordinator
shalvers@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6947

Catalyst: A Creative Industries Podcast

Catalyst Hear how CI is influencing the public and private sector alike, and how local influences shape a region's creative landscape. Hosts, Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia explore CI in the 21st century highlighting the people, policies and practices that are shaping today's creative economy.
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CCI in the Southern California Region

A statistical snapshot

California economic contribution: $2 trillion, of that 7.8% Creative industries = $273.5 billion; Los Angeles economic contribution: $766 billion, of that 10.4% Creative Industries = $140 billion.

California number of CCI jobs: 1.4 million; Los Angeles number of jobs: 726,300; Orange County number of jobs: 90,000; Outside of the “Creative Sector”- 2012- Approx. 56% of creative occupations are in industries outside of the creative sector.