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MA Culture and Creative Enterprise

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

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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.

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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: August

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.

Fees information: Special Information for EU Applicants

The home fee rate will continue to apply to postgraduate EU students entering in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years. EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for the academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19. For more information, see the SAAS website.

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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15 credits: 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/ plus a further 30 credits from Elective modules

60 credits: Dissertation/Creative Development Project.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 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.


further information:

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

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