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Join our diverse academic community for a year of challenges and collaborations that will help you change and shape your career trajectory. Read more

About the course

Join our diverse academic community for a year of challenges and collaborations that will help you change and shape your career trajectory. Our students are driven designers, architects, visual and fine artists, performing artists, writers and others who work in the creative and cultural industries. Our faculty members are a lively mix of management specialists and creatives. All of us are passionate about doing work that has a real impact on society.

This unique programme is designed to advance your career as a solo practitioner, an entrepreneur or a member of a larger organisation within the creative economy. During the 12-month programme, you will:

- Build knowledge of business and management within the context of creative and cultural industries
- Gain new methods of learning, creating and managing to improve your career success and satisfaction – in socially responsible and meaningful ways
- Develop a diverse international network of peers, mentors and industry professionals across creative and cultural fields

The interdisciplinary MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy is built around the unique learning styles and goals of creative people like you. Designed and taught by Audencia Business School and The Glasgow School of Art’s Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), each module has been created specifically for this programme and integrates a creative mix of teaching and learning methods for both business and arts/design education.

Your programme combines the design approaches and studio (project-based) teaching methods of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) with the internationally recognised, innovative, collaborative and responsible business education of Audencia Business School. The programme includes:

- Modules designed and taught collaboratively by faculty members at Audencia and the GSA
- Study in Nantes, France, a vibrant, modern city with old-world flair
- Two-week International Winter School in the inspirational Scottish Highlands
- Real-world consulting or research project
- Optional internship in a creative industry
- Collaborative and creative live projects both online and offline, studio (project-based) work and more

Audencia and the Glasgow School of Art

Rather than putting pre-existing management and creative classes on a schedule to form a so-called “new” programme, Audencia and the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation have jointly designed a customised programme of classes and projects that respond to emerging trends, circumstances and opportunities within the global creative economy.

Every aspect of the programme combines learning in business and management with creative processes and people. The programme is located in Nantes, France, but the GSA faculty members teach one-third of the classes – and the two-week International Winter School, which brings international design schools together in Scotland, is a highlight of the programme.

Taught by Audencia

Shaping a creative career:

Shaping a creative career is an ongoing process which requires the will and ability to keep learning and re-skilling, a good knowledge of yourself and your values and a set of practical tools that will help to enhance your career. This module will mark the start of your journey to design a creative career that is sustainable, enjoyable and fulfilling.

Mapping the creative economy:

Learn what it really means to be a part of the creative economy. Mapping the Creative Economy offers an overview of the development of the cultural and creative industries and their relationship to the creative economy. You’ll learn about important challenges the industries face, such as technological, legal and economic – and the policies adopted to meet those challenges.

Reimagining management:

This module covers the following topics:

- Critical understanding of management
- Management of creativity and innovation
- Sustainable future

From idea to action: starting up:

Building skills to act as bridge between the worlds of creativity and business, you’ll work on a real-life collaborative project where you and your peers will be faced with design, managerial and entrepreneurial challenges.

You’ll learn by doing – working together with a diverse group of students, industry professionals and academic staff.

This experiential work will serve to further develop your career project, as well as help you internalise core entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in an authentic way. Here, you can make mistakes and learn from them in a safe environment.

Creating value in the creative economy:

To have knowledge is a good thing – but to spread it is even more rewarding. During this period, you will be asked to increase societal awareness of the possibilities within the creative economy. How you communicate your knowledge about the creative economy is up to you: conference, digital project, charity work, radio programme, etc. Get creative and begin establishing yourself as a subject-matter expert.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods are used for the above modules including:

Coaching sessions
Personal blog/vlog
Learning journal
Visits to creative organisations
Group presentations
Case studies, videos, articles and academic papers
Data visualising techniques

For more information about the course content taught by Audencia please visit the website below


Taught by GSA

Designing today:

Designing Today will help you develop a critical appreciation of the role of design practice and of designers as drivers of social, economic and organisational change. Your final project will be an exhibition. Topics include:

- Exploring service design and organisational design tools and methods
- Seeing social interaction as value creation
- Considering the contemporary role of designers in the area of management: industrial, experience and knowledge economies
- Understanding design not simply as the manufacture of industrial artefacts, but as an activity that creates value

Designing research:

Within Designing Research, you’ll develop an understanding of user-centred design as an ethnographic and engagement-led process of iterative development built upon collaborative working practices and creative refinement and resolution that responds to a variety of contexts. You’ll be evaluated via a project process journal and reflective writing. Components include:

- Formulating design enquiries (open-ended, empirically validated and discursive) that create the possibility of new knowledge and innovative practices or behaviours
- Methods: critical observation, ethnography, STEP analysis, future casting
- Participation in InDI’s two-week International Winter School to gain international, multi-disciplinary teaching and learning experience and develop a personal and professional network of practitioners, researchers and scholars

From idea to application:

From Idea to Application will help you internalise design practice as the material manifestation and evolution of value propositions. You’ll move from collaborative concept generation to product proposal, refinement and validation as understood across a variety of value regimes: manufacture and supply chain, branding and communication, user experience, etc.

The focus will be on the blend of industrial and digital artefacts, experience of use and the cognitive and narrative dimensions of innovative products and their collaborative production.

You’ll be evaluated through a project presentation and exhibition.

International winter school:

Led by the Institute of Design Innovation, the Winter School is an exemplar of our progressive teaching style and offers a method of research and learning that is both bespoke and distinct. The Winter School brings together international students and academics to fashion a new role for design in the exploration of a contemporary challenge during an intense two-week period.

Leading design academics and students from Köln International School of Design (KISD) and Copenhagen’s KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation) will join students and academics of the GSA, Audencia and other institutions from around the globe, forming an international network of diverse disciplines.

This component of the course offers a unique opportunity to examine current issues in a transcultural environment at the GSA’s stunning new campus in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Research and teaching carried out during the Winter School benefit organisations and communities as well as students.

Company experience

Research or consulting project

Your project is the culmination of your programme experience and the most ambitious expression of your individual motivation, creativity and ability to deliver. It can take the shape of a research project or a consulting project done during an optional internship. You will conduct secondary research, but great value will also be placed on your own primary research efforts.

For more information regarding the project please visit the website by clicking the link below


Optional Internship

This component of the program is not required. However, we will encourage and support you in finding an internship that corresponds to your personal creative project and helps you shape your creative career.

Creative culture

The MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy is an alternative to an MBA or MFA programme. It offers you a uniquely creative culture with a degree from a respected and socially responsible business and management school.

Student profile

The students who will join this programme:

- Are creative people who are passionate about their area of expertise
- Want to explore fields in creative and cultural industries
- Love working with people from all over the world
- Know collaboration will be across fields and disciplines
- Understand the importance of business and management to the creative and cultural industries
- Are motivated by the ability of the creative and cultural industries to improve people's lives

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Do you want to develop and launch a creative business or new venture with the support of the UK's most successful media business leaders? Our unique MA gives you all the tools to create the media businesses of the future – in Publishing, Theatre, Games, Film, Television, Music and Digital Entertainment. Read more
Do you want to develop and launch a creative business or new venture with the support of the UK's most successful media business leaders? Our unique MA gives you all the tools to create the media businesses of the future – in Publishing, Theatre, Games, Film, Television, Music and Digital Entertainment. Taught by over 100 major players from across the industries, at one of the world’s best media schools, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

-Unique in Europe, the course gives students both the professional and personal tools to build a business that spans the creative sector.
-Taught by over 100 major business leaders across: Television; Film; Theatre; Music; Publishing; Games; and Digital Entertainment, giving alumni the best ‘address book’ in the creative industries.
-Split between NFTS campus and London students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at NFTS and London’s ‘global hub’.
-Students will have the opportunity to raise real seed funding for their 2nd year project.
-Supported by media investors Ingenious, law firm Lee & Thompson and accountancy firm Saffery Champness.
-Students graduate with a completed and investor-tested business plan.
-Access to NFTS Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto courses starting in 2018 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £ 10,000 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Post Graduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here: https://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/funding-guide


CBEE (Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Execs*) is the cutting-edge multi-media MA business course for those who want to succeed as business builders and business leaders in the creative industries.

Targeted at the brightest and best young entrepreneurs and executives globally, the course is brought to you by the world’s No. 1 international film, television and games School at its campus in Beaconsfield and in central London.

“This course gives young entrepreneurs in the creative industries the compass to navigate their way across those domains, with practical knowledge and practical guidance. It’s about giving a new generation of ‘makers and doers’ the best possible chance to succeed and change their world. It’s about making smart young people confident they can do something new, and showing them ways to succeed. That’s why I think this course is such a terrific idea.”
Richard Branson, CBEE course champion

“I am delighted to support this course. Building business capacity in the cultural and creative industries is vital to future competitiveness. We need entrepreneurs, financiers and managers who truly understand the creative process as well as business and commerce. My belief is that this course will make a significant contribution to achieving these goals.”
Patrick McKenna, Chief Executive, Ingenious

CBEE benefits from the unique position that London now occupies in the creative industries worldwide. Long known as a centre of excellence, innovation and commerce in the worlds of Theatre, Publishing and Music, the last twenty years have seen the city consolidate its place as the second largest global production centre for Film and Television behind Los Angeles.

In the last ten years the city has also become the second largest hub for Online/Tech and Games innovation after Silicon Valley.

With such a wealth of activity, the city has attracted a unique concentration of creative, executive and business talent across all seven domains, supported by its long-established place as a global financial hub. It hosts the European corporate HQ’s for every leading media brand from Google, YouTube, and Warners, to Penguin Random House and Sony. Yet is also home to some of the most dynamic independent players in each field, from Beggars Banquet in music to Working Title in film.

Students benefit directly from this pool of creative business talent, since course tutors are drawn directly from it. But students also benefit, as consumers, from the extraordinary vibrancy of the city’s cultural offering.

Where better in the world to train as an entrepreneur in the cultural industries?

CBEE for Entrepreneurs.
Over the course of the two years, participants looking to set up or build upon their own existing business will expect to:
-Learn the business and creative dynamics of each of the seven domains.
-Gain all the personal and professional tools needed to set up and run their own business.
-Leave with a fully worked-through business proposal or plan that has been taken to investors, partners and has been mentored by a dynamic business leader in the field.

CBEE for Executives.
Over the course of the two years, Participants already working within a business can expect to take back:
-A 360-degree view of the creative business sectors adjacent to their own existing specialisation.
-Management, legal, accountancy and planning skills that are key to the development of any business and of their own careers.
-A fully worked-through proposal for a new venture, a new division, or a new solution to an existing project or business plan proposal in need of development.

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Advance your leadership skills and develop your business acumen in the creative industries. Building on our 35-year experience of running one of the world's leading, triple-accredited MBA programmes, this Executive MBA can be studied online with attendance at four residential weeks over two years. Read more
Advance your leadership skills and develop your business acumen in the creative industries.

Building on our 35-year experience of running one of the world's leading, triple-accredited MBA programmes, this Executive MBA can be studied online with attendance at four residential weeks over two years.

It is for busy professionals either already working in the creative sector or looking to make the transition into the sector, who wish to gain the strategic skills and knowledge required to respond to increased digitisation and globalisation.

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The programme is designed and taught by Ashridge Executive Education with the expertise and contribution from two experienced industry partners: Creative Skillset and Atticus Education. An Advisory Board of senior executives from the creative industries including advertising, publishing, film and television provides extensive industry knowledge, experience and support for this qualification.

Credibility and expertise

This brand new Executive MBA is brought to you by triple-accredited Ashridge Business School. One of only 1% of business schools globally to be accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, Ashridge provides the assurance of quality, credibility and relevance.

Creative Skillset http://creativeskillset.org/ is the UK-wide strategic skills body that works to ensure that the UK's creative industries have continued access now and in the future to the skills and talent they require. Their unrivalled knowledge of the creative industries has ensured that this Executive MBA is directly relevant and fills the skills gap in the need for strategic management expertise.
This qualification is also supported by an Advisory Board of industry experts. Find out more about our Advisory Board https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/executive-mba-for-the-creative-industries/faculty/advisory-board/

Who is it for?

Whether you are a freelancer, mid-career professional, business owner or entrepreneur, the Ashridge Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is a strategic programme for professionals wishing to lead, establish or grow their role and their business in the fast-paced, changing environment of the creative industries. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience plus a Bachelor degree, or a minimum of 5 years’ work experience without a degree. English must be at IELTS 7.0 level or equivalent for those for whom English is not their first language. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not mandatory but may be required in certain circumstances. Work experience in the creative industries is not essential, but you will need to be able to base your assignments on a relevant organization during the programme.

What will you learn?

This is a general MBA including all the main subjects of strategic management: marketing, finance, operations, leadership, strategy, global management, sustainability, economics and innovation. However, resources for each subject are tailored to ensure they are relevant to the creative industries. In addition, you can use your own organization as the basis for your learning and your assignments, to ensure direct relevance and practical application while you study. There are no exams, just assignments and a final business-based masters project, so your organization may even benefit from free consultancy! This is of particular value if you are looking for company sponsorship for your studies. The four residential weeks will include development of personal and leadership skills which are more effective when practiced face-to-face. While studying online, you will have the opportunity to interact with your tutor and your peers through discussion forums, privately and in the virtual classroom.

Flexibility and innovation

This is an online MBA that can be studied in your own time to fit around busy work schedules, especially important in the creative industries. The online study planner will outline the study schedule, key deadlines and dates for online interactive sessions. You will then be able to draw on the extensive online resources, including state-of-the-art video material from Atticus Education and access to the MBA Learning Zone and Virtual Ashridge. Here you will find numerous databases of thousands of articles, industry journals, company reports, and e-books which are all freely available to support your studies. Although focused around distance learning, you will be expected to attend four residential weeks, two per year, to gain the key soft skills required to support the academic elements of the MBA. Three of these weeks will be at Ashridge Business School, near London, UK and one will be outside of the UK.

Why gain an Executive MBA?

Here are some reasons why you might be looking to gain an Executive MBA qualification:

‌•Career progression in your organisation
‌•Change career
‌•Start your own business
‌•Consolidate your experience.
‌•To improve in a strategic role
‌•To move into a strategic role
‌•To move into general management from a specialist function
‌•To lead the business in a new direction.

Watch the videos from our current students and alumni to see why they chose to study for the Ashridge MB: https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/mba-executive-mba/participant-insights/

How to Apply


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Whether you’re a recent arts graduate, a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned media professional, this course will help you to tackle the real challenges of running a small creative business. Read more
Whether you’re a recent arts graduate, a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned media professional, this course will help you to tackle the real challenges of running a small creative business. Focusing on the special relationship between creativity, strategic management and cultural entrepreneurship, this was the first programme in the UK to examine the business of creativity.

You’ll study core modules in Creativity and Organisation, and Managing Intellectual Property. You can also choose from optional modules on topics such as cultural entrepreneurship, brands and meaning, audiences and marketing. We encourage you to discover a creative approach to management and a managed approach to creativity, which can then be applied to a range of scenarios and industries.

This course will equip you with the strategic and conceptual thinking skills required to work across
the range of creative and media sectors. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles in areas such as TV, advertising, research, marketing, rights management and self-seeded start-up companies.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable you to:
-Acquire a critical overview of the commercial, legal and cultural frameworks within which creative and media enterprises operate.
-Acquire a flexible and wide-ranging set of ideas and strategies which can be adapted to different areas of business and different levels of operation in the creative and media industries.
-Develop your own approaches to organisation, strategic planning and marketing.

Course Summary

The MA in Creative and Media Enterprises focuses on the special relationship between creative imagination and strategic management. The course is designed to cut across different industries and contexts and will provide both a broad overview of the creative and media industries and a fresh perspective on managing your own creative business or project.

You will develop a theoretical understanding of the creative and cultural industries and explore the implications that intellectual property, changing business practices and markets hold for creative and media enterprises operating in an emerging creative economy. The course is designed to encourage you to innovate as well as provide you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to commercialise your ideas or develop your research interests.

The programme treats theoretical analysis as an integral part of practical tasks. You will have an opportunity to reflect on the ideas and ideals which lie behind your work. You will also meet practitioners and experts who will provide you with practical examples and advice for running a successful enterprise.

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This programme is a unique opportunity for true collaboration between the disciplines of Design and Business to study Innovation Management with the emphasis on the creative sector. Read more


This programme is a unique opportunity for true collaboration between the disciplines of Design and Business to study Innovation Management with the emphasis on the creative sector.
Innovative and creative organisations lie at the heart of delivering the recovery and growth required in times of recession. Learning to manage the resources needed for successful innovation of creative services and products will be key to the success of these organisations.

The problem faced by designers is not necessarily producing novel products but how to bring them to market. Providing a robust understanding of the innovation process will help entrepreneurial designers to turn their ideas into reality.

This degree programme builds upon the internationally recognised profiles of the Loughborough Design School and the School of Business and Economics; the combined expertise of academic staff from these two schools offers a unique experience in London to develop your skills and knowledge.

You will study entrepreneurship in the context of both academic theory and self-reflection to see if you personally have the qualities to take action and make an idea happen. Intellectual property is of vital importance to the entrepreneur in creative industries and we have devoted a whole module to studying the details and practical application of this rarely studied topic.

Foresight and strategy looks to the future and considers the influence of technology on society and the impact it will have on creative organisations.

The interdisciplinary live project module will provide you with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills such as problem solving and strategic planning whilst working together on a real business problem.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/managing-innovation-in-creative-organisations/

Programme Aims

a) Develop your critical thinking in order to evaluate the factors affecting the success of the innovation process and its application in creative organisations
b) Use academic and action based learning to gain insight into the complexity of the innovation process, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges through case studies and in real time
c) Develop your understanding of the innovation and design processes, analysing and evaluating their use through practical and theoretical projects
d) Develop your approach to user centred innovation opportunities
e) To equip you with the insight to consider the future to inform design solutions and business strategy
f) To provide you with the skills of advanced networking and team working in order to compete in a rapidly changing business environment

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Managing Innovation in Creative Organisations students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.


Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.


Entrepreneurial behaviour is a key competency required by a growing number of employers and this programme will prepare you whether it’s to pursue a career in the creative industries, in an innovative SME, an established organisation or self-employment.

Having a robust understanding of business and management of the innovation process, coupled with the skills required to take action, will help you to succeed in the current marketplace. Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.


- Design Thinking
- Foresight and Strategy
- Innovation Management
- Entrepreneurship
- Intellectual Property
- Collaborative Project
- Strategy and Planning
- Understanding Business Failure
- Dissertation

Find more information on modules here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/managing-innovation-in-creative-organisations/


We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2017. This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network. Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.

What's on offer for 2017?
Inspiring Success Programme
-For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
-Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
-We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
-Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2017.

Dean's Award for Enterprise
-For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
-Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
-Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.

East London Community Scholarship
-For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
-Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our community.

Alumni Bursary
-For all Loughborough University alumni
-Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
-For international and UK/EU high achieving students
-Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/scholarships-and-bursaries/

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This programme builds on Kingston University's international reputation for excellence in creative arts and design. Read more
This programme builds on Kingston University's international reputation for excellence in creative arts and design. Its purpose is to support creative practitioners who are seeking to extend or deepen their capacity to run their own practices successfully, or to move into new types of associated work in which they will lead, manage or facilitate larger enterprises or projects. The programme will thus provide early and mid-career opportunity to creative practitioners from Kingston's own alumni cohorts, both recent and longer term, as well as from elsewhere in the industry. Mentoring from remunerated industry professionals is a key component of the masters programme. In most cases it is explicitly linked to the work placement.

Key features
-You will develop analytical, practical, leadership, project management and entrepreneurial skills relevant to the cultural and creative industries.
-Mentoring from remunerated industry professionals is a key component of the programme. In most cases it is explicitly linked to a work placement.
-You will work with partners in the public and private sectors to develop long term connectivity with organisations and individuals.
-You will be encouraged to be a leader or entrepreneur with an informed sense of social responsibility and ethics in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues.
-The course will enable you to engage fully with international and national opportunities in your field.
-You will have opportunity to engage with creative professionals and practitioners from across the art and design economy.

What will you study?

The course is multi-disciplinary in so far as the student body comprises creative professionals and practitioners from across the art and design economy. Project management will be taught through tailored provision of content with an emphasis on:
-Creative responses to working in differently scaled organisations
-Negotiating with non-creatives, building and executing strategies for funding and marketing, creating business strategies in a cultural economy
-Team building
-Resource management
-Risk assessment
-Professional writing
-Developing a pragmatic understanding of the political, social and economic relationships between public, private, commercial and philanthropic organisations.


Workshops, seminars, lectures from academic staff and visiting industry specialists, field trips, workplace learning compacts, and blended learning will apply.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

-Project Management for Creative Practitioners 1
-Project Management for Creative Practitioners 2
-Digital Research Methods
-Placement Project

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Our Arts, Business and Creativity MA provides an entrepreneurial education for creative graduates who aspire to a variety of careers in a creative industry. Read more
Our Arts, Business and Creativity MA provides an entrepreneurial education for creative graduates who aspire to a variety of careers in a creative industry.

The course was created in conjunction with the School of Arts and Cultures and key stakeholders from the creative industries.

It examines the theoretical aspects of creativity and the creative industries within their social, cultural, economic, political and increasingly, international contexts. It provides you with a setting to start-up a business and to engage on real projects with regional stakeholders.

The Arts, Business and Creativity MA has been developed in response to the increasing worldwide demand for creativity in practice from:
-Government policy makers

What you'll learn

The course is for creative graduates who want to turn their artistic and creative talents to a viable career or business start-up. It will also suit those involved in developing and growing enterprises within the sector.

It has been designed specifically for individuals with some involvement in or experience of creative industries.

Your development

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
-Create business, marketing and promotional plans suitable for use within the creative industries
-Develop and apply advanced management tools and techniques to support profitability, sustainability and growth within the context of commercially creative work
-Demonstrate enhanced skills in decision-making and critical thinking
-Act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at a professional level
-Develop your strategic and creative thinking
-Recognise the need for change and the ability to manage this change
-Establish and manage a real-life business

Since entrepreneurship education needs to be experiential, there is a significant practical element to the course, including:
-Starting up an enterprise
-Acting as a consultant in a creative business
-Working with practitioners across the sector

Career focus

Key decision makers within business and government recognise the vital importance of the creative industries and the creative business sector in regeneration and the economic growth of regions and whole nations. Graduates in this field are very much in demand.

Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
-Art Director
-Art Manager
-Marketing Manager
-Social and Digital Marketing Manager

The course has been developed in conjunction with industry practitioners and is taught by a team of academics with strong links to regional organisations and extensive professional backgrounds in the business world.

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The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship combines traditional business practice with specialised tools, techniques, approaches and case studies unique to the music and entertainment industries. Read more
The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship combines traditional business practice with specialised tools, techniques, approaches and case studies unique to the music and entertainment industries.

Modules in Creative Music Management, Economics, Lean Business Planning, Marketing, Legal and Business Affairs, Live Event Management and New Media Technology combine generic industry practice with a specialised focus on the music and entertainment industries.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a future as label owners, publishers, managers, promoters, new technology pioneers and creative business specialists and is jointly delivered by UWTSD and Tileyard Studios. Tileyard Studios is the largest professional music community in Europe featuring 82 recording studios and 110 entertainment businesses, based in King’s Cross, London.‌‌‌

Course Overview

The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship is delivered on the UWTSD London campus and at Tileyard Studios, King’s Cross, London. Tileyard Studios is the largest professional music community in Europe featuring 82 recording studios, 110 entertainment businesses and the new Tileyard Education Centre.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a future as label owners, publishers, managers, promoters, new technology pioneers and creative business specialists. In addition to the UWTSD London Campus facilities and resources, Tileyard Studios provides students with direct access to more than 1000 creative industry entrepreneurs, while developing cutting edge thinking and insight into the management and growth of independent record labels, music publishing, artist management, promotion, marketing and new technology entrepreneurship.

The course provides a critical understanding of music and entertainment management and organisations in a global context both on and offline. The core of the programme focuses on digital and independent entrepreneurial skillsets and practice as well as more traditional business methods within the context of the new mixed media economy. The course consist of six taught modules in Part I and an industry-related major business project in Part II.

Alongside specialised modules in Creative Music Management, Marketing, Live Event Management and New Media Technology, MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship students will develop a major business plan project for presentation to a panel of seed and incubation investors and business angels, curated by Tileyard Studios, seeking to invest in new creative business opportunities and IP.

Students will have access to the new Tileyard Education Centre featuring a professional recording studio, audio-visual tech lab and writing production rooms where they can collaborate with other creative MA students such as Commercial Songwriting and Production.

This industry-centric course also includes regular, large-scale industry networking events, held at Tileyard Studios in partnership with Notting Hill Music and sponsors, an unrivalled masterclass series, a one-to-one electronic mentoring program, work-based learning projects and access to the annual calendar of industry-centric events held on site at Tileyard Studios.


-Creative Music Management
-Economics, Planning and Finance
-Legal and Business Affairs
-Entertainment Marketing
-New Technology in Music and Creative Entertainment
-Live Music and Event Management
-Creative Business Project

Key Features

-Industry-led, academically robust programme
-Direct involvement and access to industry networks
-One-to-one contact mentoring and supervision
-Co-learning opportunities with other students and creative practitioners to support discussion, sharing of ideas, innovation and practice
-Access to academic and professional facilities and resources


The course assessment consist of a range of coursework including portfolios, essay, reports and presentations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship can expect to find employment with or set up in business as:
-An independent (or major) record label
-A music publisher
-An artist / composer / songwriter producer manager
-A live agent or agency
-A live music or entertainment promoter
-A live events venue, company, promoter or music / cultural festival organiser
-A creative designer for music and entertainment
-A music marketing consultant or agency
-A music PR consultant or agency
-A new media creative entertainment business, platform, application or online community
-An independent or national TV broadcaster
-An independent or studio film production company
-A games development company
-A music synchronization business
-A creative songwriter / producer / artist brand / entrepreneur
-A lifestyle, entertainment or youth focused brand or agency
-A music and entertainment education practitioner or business
-A music legal, licensing and/or music accounting business
-A music product and merchandise creator, licensor or platform

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Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. Read more


Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. If you have ever thought about setting up your own creative enterprise or working as a freelancer, this intensive course will help you develop the essential skills required to succeed.

- Students will join Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency, for the duration of the master’s programme.
- Students learn enterprise skills by working with real clients on a variety of live projects, meeting professional deadlines and taking full responsibility for client management.
- With a clear focus on helping students to develop their enterprise skills, the curriculum looks at portfolio techniques, business management, marketing, the creative climate and critical thinking.
- Working with clients gives many opportunities for portfolio development, helping graduates to secure clients or find employment once the course has concluded.
- The curriculum includes a master’s project, where students are able to conduct an in-depth exploration of an area that is relevant to their ambitions.
- Students have access to impressive facilities including a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, radio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.
- This master’s programme is best suited to students who are already confident practitioners of their chosen creative discipline.
- Southampton Solent University is one of the UK’s top creative universities, as voted for by students (Which? University, 2015).

The industry -

Figures released in 2015 by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport suggest that the UK’s creative industries are now worth more than £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy – that’s more than £8.8m per hour. Freelancers and small business owners play a key role in maintaining this figure and furthering the creative industries in the UK.

The programme -

The tutoring team on Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme believe that the best way to learn freelance and enterprise skills is to get involved with real commercial projects.

Our established industry links and on-site creative agency provide students with access to these projects, where they will be expected to take full responsibility for managing the client, communicating successfully and delivering projects to budget. Past students have even had the opportunity to pitch for paid work as part of the course.

Taught portions of the course closely examine the creative economy, helping students to understand how the different sectors of the creative industry operate. Students also learn a range of strategic thinking and problem solving skills, building a set of transferable skills which will help them throughout their career.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

Solent Creatives works to match up talented students with local and national freelancing opportunities. All students enrolled on this course will be matched to at least one opportunity appropriate to their skillset.

Solent Creatives also encourage creative business start-ups, offering entrepreneurs a range of support including one to one mentoring and sophisticated business planning software.

Our facilities -

Students have access to a range of facilities to suit their creative discipline, from printing presses and photography studios to animation suites and green-screen spaces. The University also offers a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, audio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.

Solent is also home to a 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

This course equips students to identify opportunities that are appropriate to their skillset and aspirations, helping them to take their existing creative skills and apply them in a commercial setting. This may take the form of in-house employment, freelance work, entrepreneurship - or a combination of the three.

The enterprise skills that students develop can be used throughout their careers and will help to maximise their employability. This includes a thorough understanding of how business is conducted within the creative industries and a toolkit of general business and enterprise skills.

Suitable occupations for graduates include:

- Creative freelance work
- Entrepreneurship within the creative industries
- In-house practice
- Agency account management
- Art direction
- Consultancy

Links with industry -

Solent Creatives have excellent contacts with industry across a range of different sectors, having worked with over 800 business since it opened for business. These have included Marks & Spencer, Southampton Airport, Sodexo, Oxfam, the NHS and many small and medium sized organisations from the local area. Past projects have seen students filming live events, managing social media content, designing corporate brochures and organising charity fashion shows.

Solent Creatives is also active in various networking groups including the JCI, Creative Network South and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Transferable skills -

Students will learn transferable skills including strategic thinking, resourcefulness, public speaking and client relationship management alongside core business and marketing skills.

Further study -

There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.

Next steps

Would you like to learn more about running your own creative enterprise? Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme is ideally suited to students who wish to improve their project management, client relations and freelancing skills while creating work for a professional portfolio.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635

International full-time fees: £11,260

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,320 per year

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

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This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. Read more
This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

Alongside support from your tutors, you’ll benefit from a professional mentor who works in your field of interest.
The course is supported by high profile associate artists and industry specialist who, alongside the university's career specialist, will enhance your study experience.


The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.


In Research Methodologies, you'll develop an understanding of, and the ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. This module concerns itself with interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You’ll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example writing, painting, textiles or soundmaking.

In the Creative 1 module, you'll create live or screen-based performance work. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

In Professional Engagement, you'll develop your professional profile and gain in-depth understand of 'getting your work out there.'

In Creative Practice 2, you'll respond to non-theatre performance locations, and collaborate with other artists to create cross-disciplinary performance work. Work may be submitted live or as a film.

For the Thesis Project modules, you'll negotiate a final project with course tutors and you'll draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. . For example, it might be: a work for the single screen; an interdisciplinary sit-specific work; a written project, or a stage performance.

For more information on course structure and methods please view the module handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/


Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including: technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University’s production company, provide regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there a regular open lectures covering for example science, videogames, literature and globalisation.


Your work will be assessed through range of methods including: performances/screenings; presentations; written work and journals. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process as well as the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.


You’ll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We’ll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You’ll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.

For more information on opportunities during the course please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/

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On this MA you will learn to think about your craft in new ways, understand research as a craftsperson and become increasingly expert in your chosen practice and profession. Read more
On this MA you will learn to think about your craft in new ways, understand research as a craftsperson and become increasingly expert in your chosen practice and profession.

Based within a thriving art college environment at the university's central Brighton Grand Parade campus, you will learn from experienced professionals in a welcoming atmosphere that allows craftspeople to discuss and develop their ideas as a community.

You will develop both your creative skills and your ways of thinking. You will work with people who understand craft both as a profession and as a personal expression. Your options within this specialist course can include extensive work with a wide range of materials and professions, with expert provision across metal, ceramics, polymers, wood and more.

Throughout the course you'll be doing research and experimentation using innovative thinking and approaches to craft practice. To get your masters degree, you'll demonstrate both how you work and how you think as a craftsperson, with an extended essay and craft-in-context modules allowing you to develop your ideas around your own practice and the wider context of your craft.

Our MA strives to help you towards exemplary creative output. Through exploration of the traditional discipline categories to the evolution of future interpretations and directions, you will be encouraged to fully engage with what the craft scene is today.

Why study with us?

• Professional opportunities across the craft industry, with options in business and entrepreneurial practice, community outreach and work placements

• Lecturers who are dynamic and active researchers, creative designers, craft practitioners and leaders in their fields – both nationally and internationally

• Departmental expertise in a range of materials and professions, including furniture, ceramics, jewellery, product, polymers and metals

• Cross-disciplinary exploration of sustainability, craft heritage, material experimentation, and environmental, medical and digital technologies

• Fully equipped workshops in wood, metal, ceramics, polymers and composites, with digital technologies supported by a highly skilled team of technical demonstrators

• Department that recognises, nurtures and demonstrates craft's role in and capacity for cultural, social, economic and environmental benefit


While focusing on the physical act of making, the Craft MA also covers the theory of craft, allowing practitioners to conceptualise and contextualise their practice with deeper insight. The history, theory and traditions of craft form a core component in every module, and are delivered through lectures, presentations and studio discussion groups.


Craft Practice
Craft in Context
Research Skills and Training
Creative Enquiry
Masters project


You will be able to choose from a range of modules from across our arts and humanities courses. Options include:

Sustainable Design Presents
Political Economy of Globalisation
Professional Entreprenurial Development
Fine Art: Mentoring
Historical and Critical Studies Dissertation
Professional Entreprenurial Development
Professional Experience with Industrial Placement

Careers and employability

After completing the course successfully, you will be able – as a master of your craft – to take opportunities across the craft professions, either in your own practice as an entrepreneur or in the use of craft for social and community engagement. Craftspeople find these opportunities in a range of fields including fine arts, design, museum curation, teaching, prop making and interior design. The course also provides a route into academia, teaching and research.

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Train to become a publisher at a centre of publishing excellence. Our intensive, practical course works with industry and will open doors for you. Read more
Train to become a publisher at a centre of publishing excellence. Our intensive, practical course works with industry and will open doors for you.

We provide the specialist training and experience you need to succeed in the fast-paced, vibrant world of publishing.

Our intensive, industry focused publishing programme is the ‘standard bearer for publishing education in the UK’ (Source: Professional Publishers Association).

Our focus is vocational, providing you with the industry-specific and research skills demanded by employers, the invaluable contacts that will open doors, and a placement that will provide you with crucial experience.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Publishing-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

MSc Publishing works closely with the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), and was recently awarded the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick. Edinburgh Napier is the only University to have doubly accredited postgraduate Publishing provision.

Our programme works with industry and will open doors for you. Our team has strong relationships with thought leaders across industry, commerce and academia which helps to ensure you are at the forefront of the latest thinking, processes and technology. The expansion of digital media has created a need for highly specialised skills in publishing. This course will give you the specialist training and experience demanded by publishing employers. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, and will graduate with an excellent understanding of the industry in an international context.

You will become familiar with every aspect of the publishing process, meet industry professionals and attend prestigious events such as the London International Book Fair, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Magfest. You’ll have further opportunities to meet with industry professionals and make valuable contacts at UNESCO Literary Salons, book launches, author readings and literary events.

We are also linked with the internationally renowned Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University.


• Publishing in context
• Publishing in practice: From Concept to Creation
• Creative toolkit
• Publishing placement and professional development
• Publishing in practice: From Creation to Consumer
• Dissertation

Plus one option from
• New venture creation
• Fiction and the Fiction Market
• Interactive media
• Magazine publishing

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


We have a strong record of placing graduates in relevant employment because we provide you with the most up-to-date skills required by a rapidly advancing industry.

You will be prepared for work in areas including book and magazine publishing (editing, design, production, sales or marketing); journal publishing; consumer and corporate publishing; online and digital publishing; or as a publishing entrepreneur.

A work placement module is offered on this course. Your work placement and subsequent employment could be in:

Career opportunities:
• book, magazine or journal publishing (editing, design, production, sales or marketing)
• consumer and corporate publishing
• online and digital publishing
• publishing entrepreneur

How to apply


SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The MSc in Film Curation offers you the opportunity to explore film programming in a variety of theoretical, historical and practical contexts. Read more
The MSc in Film Curation offers you the opportunity to explore film programming in a variety of theoretical, historical and practical contexts. It investigates the material qualities of audio-visual media and explores the history and contemporary practice of projection and exhibition in cinemas, galleries, festivals and online. Throughout the programme you’ll get to work alongside industry-leading experts in film curation through guest lectures and placements, and you’ll be encouraged to respond creatively in both academic and practical exercises.

Why this programme

◾Industry experts offering work placements and seminars represent organisations such as the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, LUX Scotland, and Gallery of Modern Art, as well as film festivals including Africa in Motion and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
◾You will have access to the learning and archive facilities at the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall.
◾You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK and home to an extraordinary wealth of film festivals.
◾You will be based at our Gilmorehill Centre which has its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.
◾The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal 'Screen' and hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world.

Programme structure

‌Students will take:
◾2 core courses (30 credits each)
◾1 work placement/creative practice course (20 credits)
◾2 optional academic courses (20 credits each)
◾Dissertation or audiovisual essay (60 credits)

Teaching methods will include lectures and seminars, workshops led by visiting professionals, and field trips organised to archives and festivals. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including practice-based activities, oral presentations, as well as different written assignments.

A number of industry experts are contributing to the programme through a variety of exciting activities and workshops. In 2016-2017, these include:
◾Tour with artist Chris Leslie of the ‘Disappearing Glasgow’ exhibition at Glasgow School of Art
◾Guide to the projection box at Gilmorehill Centre cinema
◾Visit to the Moving Image Museum archives at Kelvin Hall
◾Workshop led by the National Railway Museum’s film curator
◾Silent film screening with live musical accompaniment
◾35mm screening of Singin’ in the Rain
◾Lectures and workshops led by guests from Document Film Festival, Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, Park Circus, Glasgow Film Theatre, among others, on audiences, funding and exhibition space

Career prospects

The MSc is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields, such as art history) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in curation, community and educational projects, events, research or criticism.

The programme is designed to provide you with a range of skills that will enable you to develop as:
◾a creative and cultural entrepreneur
◾an outreach officer in a museum, archive or gallery
◾a curator or programmer at film festivals
◾a researcher for the film and television industries
◾a creative practitioner
◾an academic researcher

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The Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (the MICL) from City University London has been designed to give you the skills to turn ideas into action. Read more
The Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (the MICL) from City University London has been designed to give you the skills to turn ideas into action.

This dynamic course focuses on developing practical skills that will enable you to lead change in your organisation, develop skills as an entrepreneur and deliver innovation. The MICL is more than about learning how to be creative. On the course you will:

• Develop tools and leadership skills you need to successfully manage innovation projects and programmes and to fast-track your own career.

• Acquire practical skills in a wide range of creativity and innovation processes and techniques that you can use in your professional and personal life to deliver breakthrough solutions.

• Gain knowledge and skills for entrepreneurship so that you can harness the creativity of your colleagues, stakeholders and clients within and outside your organisation.

Innovation is key to companies competing in today's economic climate - which is perhaps why 79% of UK managers see innovation as very important. Do you have the skills needed to lead innovation in your organisation? Read about three of our MICL students Frank, Helen and Mila who have launched enterprising innovative new businesses.

PLEASE NOTE: there is a minimum requirement of three years of work experience for this programme.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/innovation-creativity-and-leadership/2017#courses-details=1

Course detail

The Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership offers a rare opportunity to study Innovation, Creativity and Leadership from a fully rounded, interdisciplinary perspective, learning from leaders in each of the disciplines.

Leadership is crucial in promoting innovative working. Innovation leaders need to be flexible, knowledgeable and be able to inspire people to follow them into the unknown. In this course you will:

• Explore innovation, creativity and leadership from five different disciplines and eight different viewpoints
• Learn how to overcome barriers to innovation so you can deliver change
• Gain practical skills to facilitate creativity
• Learn when to use different innovation tools in which situations
• Understand what elements foster a creative culture and what distinguishes creative organisations.


The Masters consists of 8 core modules, each worth 15 credits, plus one dissertation project worth 60 credits.

Career opportunities

The Masters in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership (MICL) has been designed to:

• unlock career possibilities - and bring lifelong rewards through accelerated career progression
• have immediate impact on students' capabilities and hone existing skills
• help you build a diverse network of like-minded individuals - a rich source of ideas and mutual support.

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city


For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

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The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is creating a new kind of designer. A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world. Read more
The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is creating a new kind of designer: A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world.

Recognizing the increasing importance and need for new thinking skills to positively impact society, enhance business success and manage organizational change, this innovative program was launched in 2009 to address these issues and opportunities. Emphasis is placed on teaching complex problem finding, framing and solving, to envision and develop sustainable futures.

With an interdisciplinary, co-creative approach only possible at an art and design university, the entrepreneur, social scientist, artist, designer, and engineer will develop together the skills required for leading innovation. Our program prepares graduates to think holistically - exploring, challenging and finding meaning in order to reframe and guide both present and future actions.

Small class sizes and access to outstanding faculty and experts foster new learning opportunities: students practise foresight to envision possible futures; study systems to see the bigger picture; and explore human factors for a broader understanding of motivation and behaviour. This allows students to lead innovation, generating insight-driven ideas that will result in new possibilities, new outcomes and new opportunities for the world.

Program options

The MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is offered as:

a part-time two-year (seven-semester) program
a full-time 16-month (four-semester) program (as of September 2013)
Both programs consist of 7.5 credits.


Students will develop design-thinking skills that include analysis, synthesis and strategic and creative thinking, which are critical for professionals in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The program will develop students’ expertise in foresight, research and innovation methodologies and will enable them to acquire sufficient contextual knowledge to develop intelligent, innovative, visionary and future-enhancing solutions in their culminating projects.

Upon completion of the course, students will be ready to tackle the complexity of real-world issues as future-conscious developers of ideas and solutions, and entrepreneurial co-creators.

The program will enable students to:

explore and test innovative methods of organization, creation and production from a human perspective;
develop strategic, innovative and anticipatory solutions (strategic foresight) and implementation plans for design, business or policy innovations, or for organizational or infrastructural change;
navigate complex problems and find solutions that will lead to the development of new and sustainable futures.

Key features

Students will be engaged in a collaborative, co-creative studio environment in their core directed studio classes. Working in trans-disciplinary teams on many projects, students will benefit from the diverse backgrounds of their faculty and fellow students.
An advisory committee of faculty and—in the case of real world projects—public or private sector professionals will support and guide each student’s major project.
Guest lectures and critiques from professional strategists and foresight experts.
Part-time and full-time program options accommodate diverse scheduling needs of the students.

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