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MA Culture and Creative Enterprise

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- Small cohort of students
- Established connections with external agencies, forms and networks
- Individual development support
- Funded places available for Scottish and EU residents

The philosophy of the MA Culture and Creative Enterprise is that the meanings and experiences of culture are produced by assembling aesthetic, social and economic values. Enterprise and innovation are important contributions to that process because cultural production is characterised by change and unpredictability, risk and uncertainty. Enterprise and innovation, making new, occurs across the scale of cultural production, from the very big to the very small, and through the value chain of cultural production, from near to far. It’s not restricted to the future because new ways can be invented for making the past present, and it’s not confined to the profit motive because some cultural production is good in itself.

The point of the MA is to offer an opportunity to study how culture is produced and to think about new ways of doing that. Teaching combines critical, conceptual and analytical approaches to cultural production with practical laboratory experience and nuts and bolts knowledge. Teaching staff combine practical experience from cultural disciplines such as screenwriting, drama, performance, film, music and arts journalism with internationally recognised research on a variety of aspects of cultural production. The MA also benefits from exclusive contributions by people who work in various aspects of cultural production, from small scale innovators to large organisations and institutions.

The MA is designed to interest students from a variety of educational backgrounds and practical experiences in order to reflect the real world diversity of cultural production. Students work together in small seminar groups, workshops and projects and are required to possess motivation, show initiative and take responsibility for their development. Individual students have the opportunity to produce a project, enterprise plan, or research dissertation. The MA does not provide basic training in particular cultural disciplines but supports students in developing their ideas. The MA also supports students who are interested in developing research ideas and policy applications.

EXIT AWARDS: MA (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time:1 year. Part time: by arrangement.

Start date: September

Application deadline: None

Teaching, learning and assessment: Teaching combines lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects and covers a broad range of topics informed by research and a creative approach to problems. Performance is assessed through a variety of methods including essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and a dissertation or project. The final dissertation or project is designed to develop individual interest and curiosity.
Class sizes will be around 15 students.

Teaching hours and attendance: Normally course modules require eight hours contact time per week. In most instances this will be delivered across two days full-time, one day part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies: Course staff have a range of formal and informal relationships with individuals and organisations across the culture and creative sector who contribute advice, support and teaching.

A UK honours degree or equivalent.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 with individual component scores of no less than 6.0

Home/EU - full-time: £4500 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £475 per 15 credits

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £950

International - full-time: £11500 per year

International - part-time: £1250 per 15 credits

International - part-time dissertation: £2500

Fees information: Home fees will be funded for a limited number of places. These places are open for applicants domiciled in Scotland and the European Union. For further information and guidance on eligibility criteria, please refer to the SAAS webpages . PLEASE NOTE SAAS DOES NOT PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THIS COURSE - the eligibility criteria however is the same.

Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these funded places should submit their postgraduate taught application form as normal (click on the ‘apply now’ button on this page). Funding is not available to students wishing to study part-time.

The funding is for tuition only. You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. We will not normally treat you as being ordinarily resident in the UK and Scotland if your main purpose in coming here has been to receive full-time education and that you would have otherwise been living elsewhere.

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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The Creative Sector and Entrepreneurship/ Introduction to Culture and Economy/ Understanding Research/Writing Art and Culture/Creative Enterprise Development/ Work Organisation and Production in Culture and Creative Enterprise/ Option Modules

60 credits: Dissertation/Creative Development Project.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

The course provides knowledge and insight for culture and creative enterprise development at whatever stage of the process applicants are at. The course is also suitable for people who are interested in developing knowledge of culture and creative enterprise for academic development, such as research and teaching, and
support agency policy development.

Case study:
Ondrej Lodes, MA Culture and Creative Enterprise
I initially studied at QMU for an undergraduate degree in public relations and media. I had a great passion for filmmaking and in my final year of the course, I set up a video production business, Smart Film Production, with one of my classmates, Marcin Walczak.

I was immediately interested when I heard about it the new the MA Culture and Creative Enterprise at QMU. Coming from non-business background, the course appeared a great opportunity to grasp some business related knowledge, such as finance, marketing, enterprise development and many others, to help me to further develop our video production enterprise. Also, having already experienced the friendly and supportive learning environment at QMU, I was confident that I would have an excellent postgraduate learning experience. In general I saw this course as an opportunity to develop further professionally as an entrepreneur, but also personally.

The course has helped me to get a better understanding of the culture and creative industry, which I operate in professionally. I find some of the subjects very relevant to my profession and vice versa. The course has not only equipped me with wider knowledge of culture and creative industries, but also fresh entrepreneurial skills, including various aspects of enterprise development and other business related activities.

The small cohort of students, who come from a wide variety of career paths in the arts and cultural industries, provided an excellent opportunity for us to share our experiences and learn from one another. The lecturers have also been very approachable, supportive and always eager to help.


further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Dr Jeremy Valentine
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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