MA in Creativity, Leadership and Enterprise


Program Description

What is special about this course?

This course is specifically aimed at creative practitioners, art project managers and innovators wanting to develop leadership and enterprise skills in the arts and cultural industries with a view to furthering their career in the creative economy.

Throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and rural communities world-wide, there are expressive specialists who have completed a first degree in art, design or media subject discipline and who choose to work as sole operators or small businesses. For each, the notion of 'place' is central to their creative practice and where they choose to live and work - and where 'place' defines connectivity to a rich history, culture and inspiring landscape. 

This online course allows you to work from the stimulating environment of your own studio, workshop, business or organisation. You will develop research and analytical skills that examine and test new creative content and products; and through pro-active engagement with the professional sector, you will acquire skills to transform original creative concepts and intellectual property into income-generating creative outputs.

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Special features

  • Taught by a research-active and industry-experienced team with backgrounds in the arts, humanities and business studies
  • Opportunities to engage with professional practitioners and organisations operating in the creative and cultural economy sector
  • Tailored to the emerging creative leader and entrepreneur working from their home studio or workshop in a rural environment
  • Opportunity to join the 'Centre for Rural Creativity' (CRC) community of practice, networked across the Highlands and Islands and beyond
  • Professional practice placement in the creative and cultural industry provides opportunities for project research and development, and sector facing engagement and evaluation
  • The course is delivered online using a combination of seminars and tutorials (available in real-time or recordings) and scheduled discussions with tutors and fellow students, through our virtual learning environment (VLE) so you can study flexibly, where it suits you, in the UK and internationally
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip or masters degree

Entry requirements

  • 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject such as art, design, film/tv, music, new media, art and design history, cultural studies, or other closely-related disciplines such as business enterprise, administration or management
  • Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

You can access the course from a range of our undergraduate programmes including:

  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles
  • BSc (Hons) Interactive Media
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design
  • BA (Hons) Applied Music
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Production
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands
  • BA (Hons) Music Business
  • BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course, you will be well placed to work freelance as a creative entrepreneur operating in the creative economy, developing your own business, social enterprise, or to seek employment in a range of settings. For example:

  • Gallery or museum director, curator or manager
  • Arts organisation or agency manager or administrator
  • Design consultant
  • Marketing director
  • Research and development consultancy
  • Performing arts or events consultant
  • Film and TV production
  • Music management

You will also be able to work with a range of individuals and participant groups including:

  • Public and professional sector facing arts and design organisations and agencies
  • Professional studio communities and workshops
  • Architects and planning authorities
  • Film and TV production companies
  • Music studios and publishing companies
  • Funding agencies and councils
  • Private sector

You will be able to transform creative ideas through individual and collaborative endeavour with the private sector and public sector agencies.

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