Arts education is all about breaking down barriers. Vital, says our Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts Jackie Goodman, for graduates trying to gain a foothold in the shifting careers landscapes of the arts and media industries.
Also our programme leader for BA (Hons) Journalism and Digital Media, Jackie comes from a rich background in the creative arts and academia. She has worked with us since 2002, becoming our Associate Dean in September 2012.
Prior to that, she set up an arts education agency, with support from the Arts Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and gained vast expertise in funding and setting up collaborative arts projects.
A partnership with Northern Theatre and Wyke College followed, in which she set up a pioneering all-male dance company, which worked with boys from the estates in Hull, including our own Mark Pearce (link to Mark’s article).“Many of those boys are now performing with professional companies and some are teaching.”
She is a published author of fiction and poetry, and teaches creative writing evening classes at the University Of Hull.
The Other Party was co-written with a colleague. She is now writing a solo novel, Flight Path, which is “full of black humour”.
Leaving the University Of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design and Fine Art, Jackie went on to teach art, design and media in secondary schools. She undertook an MEd at the University Of Hull, specialising in collaborative arts practice and has a longstanding interest in the theatre and innovation within the arts, all of which has helped her to naturally move across the boundaries between creative disciplines.
“Boundaries between disciplines are not necessarily clearly defined in practice, ” says Jackie, whose experience includes setting up and managing creative arts departments in schools and, subsequently, setting up the journalism degree here in 2009.
“My background means I have a really good understanding of what can be shared. We started the Journalism course with the aim of providing innovative training that really met the current needs of industry in terms of digital content and skills. It is unusual for a course such as this to be placed within a School of Art and Design but it fits very well because of the digital expertise we have on-site, including web design, video, audio, photography and broadcast.”
Jackie and the Journalism team work closely with the BBC, the Press Association, Hull Daily Mail and Hull City Council press office, all of which share expertise and provide work experience opportunities for students. A programme strand called Creative Futures takes this further, offering work experience and developing employability, skills training for industry and industry days.
The college’s first Journalism Day, took place on March 12, 2013, at Hull Truck theatre. An impressive roster of guest speakers, including former BBC war reporter Martin Bell and representatives from print, online, agency, television and radio news providers, delivered talks on the theme of ethics in journalism.
Journalism Day was organised by Jackie and colleague Dave Windass, with the help of the Journalism students “The idea was to put the college on the map and prove we can attract big-name speakers,” she says.
Jackie is currently studying her PhD at the University Of Hull, researching the way buildings are used as metaphors for social change in fiction. In her remaining spare time, she chairs the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), of which she is a Fellow and runs a monthly book club at a thriving Hull café-restaurant, Fudge.
“I love making connections between people,” says Jackie. “We want our students to be inquisitive, interested and informed about all aspects of life beyond college and about their communities. It’s really important that they are flexible and confident, in preparation for successful careers after graduation. It’s about breaking down barriers and blurring the boundaries.”