MA Creative Entrepreneurship

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Program Description

MA Creative Entrepreneurship

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A course that presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to prepare for a creative career in the Arts & Creative Industries, providing the ways and means to make it happen.

Why study Creative Entrepreneurship at UEA?

This innovative one-year MA course, launched by Mark Lawson, is for artists, writers, musicians, composers, performing artists and recent Arts graduates establishing careers in visual arts, music, literature or engaged in cultural provision. The first course of its kind in the UK, it offers opportunities to showcase and exhibit creative work with placements in arts or business organisations across the UK.

Students have recently held successful showcases and exhibitions of their work at the Espacio Gallery East London and the Anise Gallery Shad Thames opposite Terrance Conran HQ. Other locations include Spitalfields Arts Market, a pop-up shop in Bethnal Green and collaborations with sponsors Clyde & Co. Further opportunities to work in Norwich include the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts and the Norwich Writers Centre. Click here to find more information on student showcases.

The Masters in Creative Entrepreneurship links creativity to entrepreneurship. The course is designed to enable the creative artist to lead with integrity, innovation and enterprise The course defines the artist as `creative entrepreneur’ - an artist able to retain their creative integrity, sustain an independent arts practice and survive in the light of 21st-Century challenges.

What skills will I learn?

Gain access to inspiring cultural leaders while working alongside fellow creative practitioners to give you a wider awareness of the arts sector. With the support of our experienced team of arts professionals, you will develop a full range of key skills to advance your creative practice; this will include, copyright and contracts, financial management for self-employment, effective communications, public relations, digital technology and social media strategies. Additionally, you will address key issues of accessing resources, fundraising and explore alternative solutions. Over the year, you will be helped to explore your personal opportunities, develop and advance your creative work for a professional context and devise new routes to your target market.

What are the career opportunities?

This pioneering course has enabled its students from the UK, USA, China, Russia and the Far East to achieve success in establishing their creative careers in many ways. Students have formed theatre companies, achieved published creative writing, held gallery exhibitions in London and Norwich, appeared in West End performances, produced street art and environmental projects. Students have also recorded albums of their own songs, performed poetry slams, created films and video, run festivals and workshops, launched pop up creative enterprises and started up on line creative ventures.

Course Content and Structure

This programme is flexible and responsive to your needs, through an extensive programme supported by over 20 specialist visitors, reflecting the aspirations of each cohort of students.

Visiting speakers are drawn from across the UK creative industries including the Arts Council, Arts and Business, Charitable Trusts, Corporate Sponsors, the National Lottery and Local Authorities. Leading professionals from key sectors provide technical briefings in financial management, communications, law, marketing and digital technology.

Seminars and talks are given by publishers, agents, collectors, curators, concert promoters and festival directors with individual contributions by successful entrepreneurial artists, composers, writers and prominent cultural leaders.

Links are maintained with the University of East Anglia's Schools of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and Art, Media and American Studies as well as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Norwich Writers Centre.

Taught sessions are held two days per week to enable students to continue their creative practice. The course comprises four taught modules and a dissertation or creative equivalent.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Humanities or Social Sciences (preferred)*
  • Degree Classification: 2:1 or international equivalent

All applicants will need to submit a sample of their work alongside their application and might be interviewed by the Course Director.

  • A degree is preferable but not essential. All applications will be considered based on the applicant's background and experience.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
  • Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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