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The MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship should be attractive if you either wish to develop a business arising from an existing creative practice or to understand how to create the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses.
This programme offers a number of pathways:
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. There may also be pathway-specific entry requirements.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
You should have an idea for a business, or already be self-employed or have your own business.
Founded in 1891, and part of the renowned University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths has a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. With world-leading research and high-quality teaching, a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths will empower you to change the world around you.
I have traveled from India to study at Goldsmiths, University of London. After graduating in theatre in 2016, I came across the name 'Goldsmiths' on many occasions while working on the Indian theatre circuit. Goldsmiths has been seen as a university of repute, within the circles that I was active in. Nearing the end of 2017, I began to get a clearer understanding on what I wanted to pursue my further studies in. I understood that I wanted to build a career that would entwine the Arts with Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, I wanted to study this in a progressive environment, molded by creatives; not businessmen. I ran a global search online for 'MA Creative Enterprise', naturally I was flooded with web-pages and advertisements for universities, from around the world. After going through the curriculum of a couple of them, I came across Goldsmiths. Under the department for Creative and Cultural Enterprise, Goldsmiths offered a course that precisely met my needs, and more. Going through the course modules and details, I was convinced that this was the ideal place for me to understand the creative industries. Not to mention the institutes repute for progressive research and highly international environment which would help me learn of perspectives from around the globe. Thus, it was natural that Goldsmiths, be the only choice for me to envisage a further education.
Goldsmiths is an environment where one has immense amounts of freedom. The campus and its vicinity are perpetually buzzing with activity, giving students a number of things to do. I have literally had to force myself to often return to my room or the library to catch up with deadlines that are looming ahead in the near future. It is easy to lose track of time with so much happening.
Goldsmiths has been a great opportunity for me to learn from creative people and be exposed to an array of methods that have taught me to think outside the box. I've always appreciated the fact that we were continuously encouraged to have a different viewpoint and that the teaching methods were quite innovative.
The staff were always supportive and helpful, and I felt like our opinions mattered. From the interview stage to finalising the course, the dedicated lecturers made sure that we got the most out of our time at university.
For me, the most important thing I have achieved is meeting and getting inspired by some amazing people. There have been business and personal successes along the way, but the people I've met and friends I've made have been so much more valued.
It’s one of the most fulfilling things I have done and a lot of the research from my MA CCE project has flown back into my work for TEDx."
Whilst doing her MA with ICCE Lucia developed a business plan for live streaming live events which she was able to implement whilst working with TEDx Vancovuer as Live Stream lead.
Lucia is now a board member with TEDx Vancouver and works for a corporate law firm in Toronto as Business Development Coordinator where she also creates live streaming concepts for thought leadership seminars.
Wanting to pivot my career from fashion retail management to working in the events industry, I was certain Goldsmiths was a great place to start that journey. I was eager to join a university that held innovation at its heart, and I was looking for a course heavily centred around the arts and creative practice. I was not disappointed when I entered university life and found the environment at Goldsmiths to my liking.
I chose the Masters in Events and Experience Management within The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. It contained theoretical and practical elements, mostly taught in lectures and seminars, with additional class excursions. We had many guest lectures from people in different areas of the events industry. Speakers ranged from smaller enterprises such as Mimbre Acrobats and The Twin Peaks UK Festival to larger companies such as Time Out, London & Partners and Broadwick Live. Being exposed to many high-quality employers gave ample opportunity to network. Connecting with one of the guest speakers, I have continued to work with her on various projects since I have left university.
The assignments were a mix of essays and group work, reflecting the course’s content of theory and practice. The practical tasks designed, gave us a true-to-life experience, and mimicked the world of work as closely as possible. One example was when we presented our group work to the events team at The National Gallery, a beneficial and useful exercise.
This MA was life changing. It gave me the tools, confidence and support to leave a corporate career and co-found CYD Connects, a strategic brand communications consultancy delivering social impact for our purpose led economy. We challenge clients to reorient their brand and communications towards good, turning social responsibilty into profitable, sustainable, long term competitive advantage.
The cohort was diverse and as well as making new friends we continually learn from each other. The educators went above and beyond to share all I needed and as alumni they continue to point me in the right direction. I cannot recommend this programme enough!
Like many ICCE students, I joined the MA with a clear idea of what I wanted to achieve… and left it with a very different future to the one I had planned.
Instead of being a full-time film programmer (as planned), I now work at Goldsmiths as a lecturer and project manager. I teach on the university’s Synapse programme, which embeds enterprise thinking into courses across Goldsmiths. We invite students to consider their own role in shaping their future, and making a positive impact on the world. I also look after a range of support for student entrepreneurs, including one-to-one coaching and funding opportunities.
In the years since graduating, I’ve also set up and managed international summer schools, degree show exhibitions and event programmes, and supported ICCE as an academic tutor, lecturer and admissions tutor.
My creative work has morphed in two directions. On one hand, I’ve converted my experience as a film programmer into a 12-week course, and am working to develop skills and networks for film programmers in South Africa. And on the other, I’ve taken my love of events and audiences into a new direction, organising a Parade of Friendly Monsters.
Studying at Goldsmiths gave me space to experiment (and sometimes fail!), develop my ideas, encounter new possibilities for my work, and experience first-rate creative entrepreneurship training. Rather than squishing me into a ‘business studies’ mould, ICCE enabled me to open up and think entrepreneurially in every direction.
MA in Luxury Brand Management has contributed not only to the comprehensive acquisition of new knowledge but also became a breakthrough in my career. It is worth to note that the structure of the programme is very well organised, therefore the concept of luxury is viewed from different perspectives. In addition to the required modules, there was an impressive selection of optional modules where students can choose the most suitable for them. Moreover, the guest lectures, which were on an ongoing basis throughout the course, made it possible to meet interesting and influential representatives from the luxury industries of various sectors (fashion, events, jewellery, wine, tourism, etc.).
Although the master’s degree is viewed more as an independent study, I entirely received support from the teaching staff to proceed and maintain a high level of performance. Overall, there was a sense of community, where everyone knows each other’s personal qualities and encourages an individual approach. It is especially delighted that the Programme Director & Lecturer, Dr Kelly Meng Parnwell always responded to any emerging issues and successfully solved them while being enthusiastic and professional. I am very grateful that I made this decision and applied for the Luxury Brand Management course which has become a valuable asset into my life.
10% fee discount to home students and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students.
10% fee discount to home students and equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students
The award is available to:
Home and international students (full-time and part-time) who received a first class undergraduate honours degree from a British higher education institution
You must be applying for a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).
Read the full definitions for the eligibility criteria of the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver on our website.
You do not need to apply for the Excellence Fee Waiver, Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at the point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award.
Please ensure you upload your final degree transcript or certificate as proof of your classification to your MyGoldsmiths account. The fee waiver will not be applied unless proof of your classification has been provided.
Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award. The fee discount will then be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.
Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Alumni Fee Waiver.
10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.
10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.
The award is available to the following Goldsmiths graduates:
- Home and international graduates (full-time and part-time)
- Study Abroad graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London LaSalle graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London Distance Learning programme graduates who have been awarded a BA in English, BSc in Computing and Information Systems, or a BSc in Creative Computing
You must be applying to start a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).
The fee discount will be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.
Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver.
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