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Opinion: The Future Looks Dull Thanks To Student Loans Creative Cut

Let us take a moment to thank the government for cutting funding for creative degrees and diplomas.

Why? Because “currently there are far too many courses that are being subsidised that are used to simply boost enrolments, or provide ‘lifestyle’ choices, but don’t lead to work.” At least that’s what Simon Birmingham of the Turnbull Government said.

Pause for one second. ALL degrees and diplomas are lifestyle choices, ultimately.

Of the 70 creative arts courses previously worthy of funding, only 13 are now qualified under the government’s new criteria.

Funding for student loans for all creative programmes has been capped at $10,000, while agriculture and engineering rake in $15,000.

To read more about the creative student loan cut click here.

Ivy from Tuesday Talks made an excellent point when she broke it down and took a look at life thirty years from now when we are finally free of art students.

She went through it step-by-step when a fictional character called Barry tried proposing to his girlfriend.

Barry is a financial advisor who lives in a beige apartment because of course with no artist of any kind that’s as creative as your apartment can get. He only owns dull coloured suits because the fashion designers are no longer, so that’s what he will wear.

While he tries planning his proposal he comes up with flowers, watching the theatre or a ballet show, perhaps a movie only to be stumped because there is no such thing as floristry design, dance, live production design, screenwriting, acting, animation – none of that.

So, inevitably, he just decides to get out the ring and do it. But there’s no ring because jewellery and object design funding have been cut.

To read this article click here.

The point is that cutting ‘lifestyle choice’ careers would affect our lifestyle choices no matter how ‘beige’ we think we are.

All students are making incredible sacrifices during their study periods, and beyond that, and whether you like it or not, Simon, all kinds of education and career choices matter.

Life without creatives would be boring for everyone else. Period.


Finlay Robertson
Finlay is a 20-year-old music lover from Wellington who has recently made the decision to take on Auckland City and pursue her dreams. Her passion for writing and broadcast has led to her studies at the NZ Radio Training School.
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