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Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy (Distance Learning) - MSc


Course Description

This is a pioneering online programme offered by CREATe at the University of Glasgow. It is intended for people working in sectors where digital rights and obligations are a key concern. Successful leadership in the digital creative economy requires linking complex legal provisions (such as copyright, trademarks, data protection and privacy) to economic analysis and strategic thinking about markets and regulation.

Why this programme

-The programme was developed by CREATe a leading copyright and IP research institute in the UK based at the University of Glasgow.
-Our online learning platform comprises cutting-edge learning tools and resources, populated with real-world research and case studies drawn from today’s creative industry challenges.
-The online structure of programme is designed to be compatible with work, and suitable for employer sponsorship and support from professional development schemes. The programme can be completed over 1, 2 or 3 years and can be studied on a modular basis.
-The programme requires previous professional engagement but no prior formal qualifications in law or economics.
-You will be able to take part in recorded lectures and events with renowned visiting speakers which take place throughout the year at CREATe.
-You will have the opportunity to network with peers from across the creative industries, policy, and technology sectors.
-On successful completion of the programme, you will have a detailed understanding of digital rights and obligations that enables strategic decisions and policy making.

Programme structure

This programme is taught online. You will take four core and two optional courses. Courses will last 8 weeks and consist of online lecture materials, readings and independent weekly activities. Assessment for each course will either be by exam or written assignment.

You will also undertake a research project, which may take the form of a Work-Based Learning (WBL) project or a dissertation. The work-based project is an opportunity for you to develop research relevant to your personal interests and work.

Core courses
-Copyright in the digital environment.
-Economics of innovation.
-Introduction to the creative economy: Law, technology & culture.
-Trademarks and brands.

Optional courses
-Information law and data management.
-Participation, communities and users.
-Regulation, policy and the creative economy.
-Strategic management in the creative economy.

Guest speakers and events

Those enrolled on the programme will have free access to all CREATe research events. The MSc will also feature video recordings of specially organised masterclasses given by leading public figures and experts from relevant disciplines (you are welcome to attend these masterclasses in person).

Industry links and employability

Creative industry workers are increasingly expected to understand the interface of intellectual property, information law and data & privacy management, and apply this knowledge. Interactive and transmedia projects often involve use of assets and creative input from across the firm – this new way of working in digital media introduces new challenges for workers used to working primarily in a single medium, or with a particular audience in mind.

Despite organisations urgently requiring professional development, there are very few credible opportunities for those working in the digital creative industries. This is pioneering executive education offering just that. We will develop future digital innovators and creative industry leaders. We aim to bridge the gap between understanding the law and understanding digital innovation. Successfully completing the programme will not only ensure you learn from the best people but it will also allow you to attach to your career the CREATe brand.

The programme is aimed principally at individuals working in the following areas
-New commercial, often digital, services that need to formalise after the start-up phase
-Large public sector initiatives involved in digitisation
-Policy organisations (government, PR, NGO).

It may also suit creative industry professionals as well as entrepreneurs in the digital creative economy.

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for those with some experience in the media or creative fields, who wish to augment their practical skills with expertise in intellectual property management. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be well equipped to work in production and leadership roles in media organisations, or to use your acquired knowledge in the creative economy to work in policy or regulatory research and consulting roles.

Visit the Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy (Distance Learning) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject, as well as at least 3 years prior work experience in a relevant field (digital arts or media production, data management and/or curation, cultural and/or creative industries management, policy or regulation, copyright or others areas of intellectual property rights management and/or policy). If you are unsure that your background is suitable, you can contact the programme director to discuss.

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