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CHRC Newsletter
November 2013

The time and energies of staff over the past 2 months have been largely dedicated to 2 great projects: the revision of the discipline enhancements for The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC); and setting up pilots for A High School Teacher's Guide on Digital Media.

In this issue!

TAMYC Discipline Enhancements go online!

As you know, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, CHRC has engaged practising artists to revise the 2007 versions of The Art of Managing Your Career discipline enhancements for actors, writers, visual artists, craftspeople, musicians, filmmakers, dancers and digital media content creators. Our writers – all seasoned, practising professionals in their fields – have submitted excellent 2013 versions of the enhancements, and we at CHRC - drawing on Michael's excellent web and layout skills, Lucie's remarkable editorial skills in English and in French, and Mark Lloyd's designs - are taking them over the finish line.

A word about the writers. They have all gone beyond what we asked and were able to pay. Just because they love and are committed to their art forms, and want young artists breaking into their respective fields to have the very best advice and counsel possible, in order to be successful. The good, the bad and the ugly. They haven't pulled punches. It's all there.

Some of the enhancements have required more changes than others (the one for Digital Media content creators being the one with the most changes – not surprising given how rapidly that industry has evolved over the past 5 years!). Web sites have been updated, points related to new digital technology have been inserted, fresh examples have been added.

To give you a taste of the tone and content of each of the enhancements, here are the Tables of Contents.

And just to remind you… these are available free of charge to CHRC members; and are for sale, along with the The Art of Managing Your Career guide at a nominal cost. There is also an attractive licensing price to encourage educators in the arts to incorporate them into their curriculum and classrooms.

Click to expand the Tables of Contents below:

+ Craft

+ Dance

+ Digital Media

+ Film

+ Music

+ Theatre

+ Writing

+ Visual Arts

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A High School Teacher's Guide: Towards a Career in Digital Media

This exceptional resource for high school teachers is being shared with Ministries of Education in several provinces. It is a full-blown curriculum piece, developed by educators and industry professionals in collaboration, based on CHRC's Interactive Digital Media Team competency chart and profile.

The genius of this resource is that it breaks down discipline silos and shows how teachers and students in the visual arts, creative writing and computer science can work together to create an IDM product (e.g. a video game), using the skills taught in and meeting the learning requirements of the curriculum for visual arts, creative writing and computer science. Easy to integrate into existing curriculum, the Guide provides a series of lesson plans - each with specific learning objectives - to teach a four-week mini-course.

Here are the titles of the 12 Lesson plans.

  1. Introduction to digital media and the mini-course
  2. Generating a concept
  3. Pre-production
  4. Production
  5. Marketing
  6. Introductory concepts for visual arts: all students will get an overview of basic concepts in visual arts.
  7. Visual Artist on a DM Team: what the visual artist needs to be able to do to work on a DM Team.
  8. Introductory concepts for writers: all students will get an overview of basic concepts in writing.
  9. Writers on a DM Team: what the writer needs to be able to do to work on a DM Team.
  10. Introductory concepts for programmers: all students will get an overview of basic concepts in programmers.
  11. Programmers on a DM Team: what the programmer needs to be able to do to work on a DM Team.
  12. Personal and interpersonal skills needed to be a DM Team member. A career in the digital media industry will be explored.
  13. Reflection and Evaluation

CHRC is now working with partners in different provinces to pilot the resource. It represents a challenge to the "usual way of doing things", bringing together students and teachers from three distinct subjects to create a common DM product. It encourages and applies lateral, creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

If you are interested in this material, please contact CHRC directly to take part in this pilot phase.

Canadian Interactive Industry Profile for 2012

CHRC was one of the partners in the development of the Canadian Interactive Industry Profile for 2012, spearheaded by CIAIC, the Canadian Interactive Alliance. Our interest in this iteration of the biannual study of the DM industry was to collect labour market data to give us context for the other DM projects we have been involved with: e.g. the development of an IDM Team competency chart and profile.

This rich and exhaustive study touches on many aspects of the DM industry. Here are some of its findings related to human resources and training:

"The majority of the core IDM workforce is employed in technical and creative positions, a pattern that is repeated across all sizes of companies.

On average, core IDM companies in Canada feel that well-trained, experienced talent that meets their needs is only rarely or sometimes available, regardless of the job category. More senior talent appears to be slightly more difficult for companies to find than more junior talent.

There are a number of key skills gaps that exist among the current core IDM talent pool in Canada, despite the fact that the workforce is generally quite highly educated, with the majority of companies indicating that average level of education of their employees is either a university or college degree. For example:

  • Technical digital skills were most frequently identified by core IDM companies as the skills most lacking in Canada's current IDM talent pool; and
  • Business and leadership skills and production management and pipeline skills were also seen to be lacking by a significant group of respondents.

Technical digital skills were most frequently selected as the top in-demand skills in the next three to five years. Respondents also indicated a number of specific skills areas for which demand will increase, including:

  • Monetization expertise;
  • Skills related to cross-platform development and transmedia products; and
  • Data analytics skills and expertise.

In response to these skills gaps in the core IDM talent pool and the low availability of talent with adequate skills and experience to meet demand, many companies offer or facilitate in-career training for their employees. Indeed, about half of respondent companies indicated that they do so either via on-the-job training or by accessing formal professional development and training services facilitated by a third party."

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