Stop apologising for your arts degree

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Madeleine Dore

How do you convince the skeptics that your degree in humanities counts?

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After revealing you study humanities, arts students are all too familiar with being shot a confused look followed by the firing of denigrating questions about their decision – ‘How do you plan to get a job after your degree?’, ‘What does an arts degree even teach you?’, ‘Are you just buying time while you figure out what you actually want to do with your life?' 

Humanities 21 – a non-for-profit organisation championing the benefits of the humanities – set up a panel discussion as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week to crystallise why you should stop apologising for your arts degree, and start singing its praises.

Chair Hannie Rayson, the author of fourteen plays including Hotel Sorrento, and panellists Karen Hitchcock and Lisa Gorton, candidly discussed how their humanities backgrounds helped their careers, along with the benefits an underpinning in the arts can bring to all aspects of commercial and contemporary life.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator