The MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship should be attractive if you either wish to develop a business arising from existing creative practise or to understand how to create the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses.
This programme offers a number of pathways:
- Media & Communications
- Theatre & Performance
It's an ideal Masters if you want to develop a business in one of these fields, or in new areas of the creative industries. All students bring a business idea to the programme to use as a live case study.
The Masters is taught in partnership by a number of departments within Goldsmiths and with key individuals and organisations in the creative and cultural industries sector.
Our collective approach is to integrate entrepreneurship into the development of creative practices and to take a ‘creative’ approach to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them.
This programme is designed to allow you to continue to innovate, but also to provide the requisite business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.
You’ll be able to build on a historical and theoretical understanding of cultural and creative industries and the development of a cultural economy to create your own creative initiatives, which might be research-based, policy-based, practice-based, or a combination of any or all of these. Through the programme, you will develop techniques to move your creative and critical thinking to entrepreneurial thinking.
This programme has an exit route at Postgraduate Diploma level.
Modules & structure
The programme contains four taught modules and a further dissertation/portfolio component.
You'll have a range of choices throughout the degree enabling you to design a pathway that is most relevant to your academic, business and career ambitions.
All students take modules I and III, and you can choose between options offered for your chosen pathway for modules II and IV.
Attendance is mandatory for all taught sections of the programme. To encourage collaborative learning we try to teach all students together wherever possible, irrespective of their particular pathway.
- Module I: Theories of Capital 30 credits
- Module II: Creative Practice 30 credits
- Module III: Entrepreneurial Modelling 30 credits
Module IV: Entrepreneurial Practices and Modes of Production
Either: Assigned pathway module
Delivered by the partner departments – these modules deal with creative sector issues and case studies within a specific discipline. Please see the relevant MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship pathway page on the website for more information on options given for this module.
Or Work Placement
You will undertake a work placement within an SME, Producing or Research Organisation within the cultural and creative industries. There will be initially taught/tutorial sessions on managing an internship and experiential learning and assessment would be by an analytical report on the ‘culture of management’ of the organisation. In some pathways, this will be augmented by classes in specific skill areas (such as marketing) as you are likely to be working in skill-specific departments of organisations.
Module V: Dissertation or Project/Portfolio
The content and research imperatives of the dissertation/portfolio can be developed in tutorials with staff to address your individual needs. It could range from an entirely written document researching a particular area of the cultural and creative industries to a fully developed proposal for a new business.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Skills & careers
You can expect to develop independence and integrity in developing creative ideas. You will be able to apply entrepreneurial approaches to creative projects and demonstrate an understanding of different business models to establish a creative enterprise. You will also develop team-working and leadership skills, and effective business and communication skills.
The programme will enable those who have previously studied an area of creative study/practice, such as music, media, theatre and performance, design, or computer games, to start a career developing a business arising from an existing or new creative practice.
This may relate directly to a 'product' or 'process' arising from your own practice or to a form of 'expertise', 'consultancy' or 'knowledge'. The programme will also equip those who wish to work within organisations that develop the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses with the capacity to flourish in a variety of contexts.
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.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
- IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing.
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. When applying, please specify your preferred pathway:
- Media & Communications
- Theatre & Performance
You must demonstrate in your written application and in an interview that you have capacity and capability for, and an understanding of creative and cultural entrepreneurship and that you are able to meet the intellectual demands of the programme.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments.
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference.
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF or completed online.
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory).
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
We accept applications from October until 1 June for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.
Admission to many programmes is by interview unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.
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