MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management


Program Description

To become a successful manager in the creative and cultural industries, you need to understand the sector – from management theory to applied specialist skills to utilise in the field. Our MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management draws on the research, knowledge and workplace experience of a talented team of academics, who offer an excellent understanding of the business demands of managing creative enterprises and cultural organisations in the modern world.

On this MSc, you will learn the essential knowledge and critical skills you need to become a successful manager in the cultural and creative sector. You may also have the option to undertake an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company.

The city makes this programme unique. Sheffield is a timely and exciting place to specialise in the creative and cultural industries thanks to its internationally renowned museums and galleries, thriving music scene, and the best regional theatre complex outside London. Regularly hosting high-profile exhibitions from prominent London galleries such as the V&A (the Victoria & Albert Museum), sending its theatrical productions to the West End and boasting a vibrant design and digital quarter, Sheffield students engage with the culture and become part of it themselves.

Students are encouraged to make use of Sheffield’s strong creative and cultural brands such as Museums Sheffield, Electric Works, Workstation, and Sheffield Theatres. Study visits to culture industry providers are an integral part of this programme; volunteering placements in the sector may also be available.

The Programme

The MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management is taught full-time over 12 months with two semesters, followed by a dissertation, through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a dissertation.

Underpinned by authoritative modules in Cultural Marketing, Sponsorship, Leadership and Management, and Creative Brands, as well as addressing subject-specialist critical theories and concepts, students gain a thorough knowledge of the creative and cultural industries, led by a strong management-driven approach. Additional modules impart generic management skills such as Accounting and Financial Management, and Research Methods. Specialist modules from the archaeology and music departments help students specialise and expand their knowledge base later in the programme.

Academics on the Creative and Cultural Industries programme also offer PhD supervision, should you choose to continue your studies in the sector.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Introduction to the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Critical Theories and Concepts in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Cultural Marketing
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Managing Festivals, Events and Creative Performances
  • Fundraising Management: Sponsorship, Philanthropy and the State
  • Managing Creative Brands
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites
  • Strategic Planning for Music Business Clients
  • Staging Music in Theory and Practice

The Candidate

You are a recent graduate with a good degree in any subject, or a professional looking to move your career forward in the creative and cultural sectors. Alternatively, you could come directly from a cultural discipline such as dance, art or music and be seeking to extend your career prospects.

You will have a good second-class honours degree or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 with at least 6 in each part or equivalent.

For further information on scholarships please visit the following website.

Last updated August 2018

About the School

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