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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

Since the late 1990s governments and policy makers have increasingly recognised the importance of the contribution of culture to economic growth and other social benefits. Although culture is often associated with big firms and institutions most of the activity in the sector tends to be small scale. That is particularly true at the creative and enterprising phase of cultural processes. Therefore, understanding the dynamics of the creative phase is essential for people who wish to contribute to the production of culture, and for the development of the cultural sector more generally. The course emphasises the importance of change and unpredictability for the growth of the creative and cultural sector and locates that in broader social, economic and political processes.

The key aims of the MA are to deliver a qualification that:

- explains the contribution of the cultural and creative sectors to innovation, enterprise and employment;
- develops practical skills for the development of ideas into cultural and creative projects, enterprises and businesses;
- investigates the challenges and issues affecting the cultural and creative sector at an individual, national and global level;
- critically examines the political, economic and social dimensions of the cultural and creative sectors and
- provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with each other and with academic staff, and to connect with cultural and creative professionals from across the public and private sectors.

The course is designed for students who wish to develop and combine practical and intellectual skills at masters level. It will enable you to work individually and in small groups and require you to take initiative and responsibility for your individual development. The course is delivered by staff with both practical and research interests in the creative and cultural sector, including digital media production, theatre and performance, costume design, radio, popular music, contemporary art, culture industry and economy, cultural policy and management. It is supported by guest staff from both the public and private sector to provide the additional benefit of experience and insight.

The MA will particularly interest those who wish to develop careers in the cultural and creative sectors. A degree or background that is related to the creative and cultural sector is relevant to be considered for admission but we welcome applications from graduates from other disciplines who can demonstrate that they have the relevant experience and motivation.

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:
Visit the International section of the website.

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, but are subject to change.

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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