Creativity and A Professional Education

The professionalization of the humanities by U.S. universities is gradually being extended to the arts. Professionalization is when a category of jobs begins to transmit standard education by licensed practitioners and then expect that only those individuals with that standard education are considered to be the true practitioners. This process occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for doctors and lawyers, among others.

Can you professionalize the creative process? Not in the true sense of professionalizations, where only professionals are allowed to practice. Creativity and sharing it with others cannot be limited to those who have the formal education, but you can definitely make it harder for the non-professionals (those lacking the approved education) to practice and make a living at it. I think we are seeing this process now for the visual arts and writing. Will it be reversed by the rise of the Internet and cheap printing on demand?

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