Arts, Business and Creativity (MA)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Arts, Business and Creativity at Newcastle University

This course provides an entrepreneurial education for creative graduates. It will suit those who want to start, develop and manage a business or work freelance in a creative industry. Newcastle University Business School developed the course in collaboration with the School of Arts and Cultures and key creative industry stakeholders.

The course examines the theoretical aspects of creativity and the creative industries within their social, cultural, economic, political and increasingly, international contexts. At the same time, it provides students with a setting to start-up a business and to engage on real projects with regional stakeholders.

The Arts, Business and Creativity MA has been developed in response to the increasing worldwide demand for creativity in practice from:

  • strategists
  • managers
  • entrepreneurs
  • government policy makers

Key decision makers within business and government recognise the vital importance of the creative industries and the creative business sector in regeneration and the economic growth of regions and whole nations. Graduates in this field are very much in demand.

The course is for creative graduates who want to turn their artistic and creative talents to a viable career or business start-up. It will also suit those involved in developing and growing enterprises within the sector. The course is for individuals with some involvement or experience of creative industries.

Your development

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • create business, marketing and promotional plans suitable for use within the creative industries
  • develop and apply advanced management tools and techniques to support profitability, sustainability and growth within the context of commercially creative work
  • show enhanced skills in decision-making and critical thinking 
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at a professional level
  • develop your strategic and creative thinking, recognising the need for change and the ability to manage this change
  • establish and manage a business

Since entrepreneurship education needs to be experiential, there is a significant practical element to the course, including:

  • starting up an enterprise
  • acting as a consultant in a creative business
  • working with practitioners across the sector

Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:

  • Art Director
  • Art Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Social and Digital Marketing Managing

Practitioner and research led teaching

The quality of the teaching staff on this course guarantees not only teaching of the most modern and advanced theories but also the practical value of each subject and the entire course. Several of our academic staff have experience as successful entrepreneurs, consultants or top level managers, and are top researchers. View profiles of some of the academic staff who teach on this course:

  • Mr Paul Richter
  • Mr David Butler
  • Dr Fiona Whitehurst
  • Professor Mo O'Toole
  • Mr Leigh Sear
  • Dr Lucy Lu

Delivery

The course has been developed in conjunction with industry practitioners and is taught by a team of academics with strong links to regional organisations and extensive professional backgrounds in the business world.

The course is modular in structure, comprising 180 credits. All modules are compulsory.

Accreditation

Newcastle University Business School is accredited by the:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Only 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation. Our Business School is part of this elite group and this accolade is a huge endorsement. It reflects the investments we make for our students through providing:

  • a high quality teaching environment
  • innovative programming
  • active engagement with industry

Facilities

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:

  • regional, national and international thought leaders
  • alumni
  • leading professions

Our facilities provide:

  • a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas
  • a contemporary café

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage  - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/arts-business-creativity-ma/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in any subject which provides a basis for involvement in the creative industries, such as:

  • media
  • design
  • fine arts
  • music or music technology
  • film
  • photography
  • creative writing
  • computer graphics
  • acting

You will be required to demonstrate in your application, experience within the creative industries, whether it be in a professional, voluntary or unpaid capacity.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a 2:2 honours degrees or non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. 

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)    
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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