Our Arts, Business and Creativity MA provides an entrepreneurial education for creative graduates who aspire to a variety of careers in a creative industry.
The course was created in conjunction with the School of Arts and Cultures and key stakeholders from the creative industries.
It examines the theoretical aspects of creativity and the creative industries within their social, cultural, economic, political and increasingly, international contexts. It provides you 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:
- government policy makers
What you'll learn
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.
It has been designed specifically for individuals with some involvement in or experience of creative industries.
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
- demonstrate 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
- recognise the need for change and the ability to manage this change
- establish and manage a real-life 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
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.
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
- Art Director
- Art Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Social and Digital Marketing Manager
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.
Practitioner and research led teaching
The quality of the teaching staff on this course guarantees not only teaching of current theoretical trends and debates, but also the practical value of each subject within the context of the overall course.
Several of our academic staff have experience as successful entrepreneurs, consultants or top level managers, and are top researchers:
- Dr Paul Richter (Degree Programme Director)
- Dr Neil Alderman
- Mr David Butler
- Dr Karen Elliott
- Dr Ana Javornik
- Professor Mo O’Toole
- Mr Leigh Sear
- Dr Fiona Whitehurst
A number of the course team members are involved in a major UK Research Council-funded research project - Creative Fuse North East - involving five of the region's universities. The project is focused on understanding and supporting the region's creative, digital and IT companies.
Modules for 2017 entry
- MCH8028 Arts as Enterprise - Freelancing in Arts and Culture 1
- MCH8029 Arts as Enterprise - Freelancing in Arts and Culture 2
- NBS8033 Business Enterprise for Postgraduate Students
- NBS8035 Understanding and Managing Creativity
- NBS8062 Research Methods (ICE/ABC/E-Business)
- NBS8241 Arts, Business, Creativity Extended Project (Dissertation)
- NBS8601 Understanding and Managing Creative Enterprises
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,800
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Your degree should be in a subject that provides a basis for involvement in the creative industries. We will consider degrees in non-creative subjects if you can show relevant work or voluntary experience.
Examples of creative subjects include:
- fine arts
- music or music technology
- creative writing
- computer graphics
Your application should show your experience within the creative industries. Your experience could be in a professional, voluntary or an 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.
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 RequirementsPre-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 our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
I enjoy every aspect of the Arts, Business and Creativity MA. I have learnt so many new skills on this course, from communication to teamwork, writing and organisation. Ultimately these practical skills will ensure a smooth transition into the working world and beyond.
The programme is stimulating - I discovered new areas of interest, I was introduced to new ways of thinking and new people. I enjoyed interesting and exciting collaborations due to the diverse background of my fellow students. The programme also aided me to build and develop the skills needed for the world outside the classroom.
Read Morag's full profile.
The Arts, Business and Creativity MA is a specialist programme with a small and friendly student cohort. My student group only consisted of 15 students but we shared modules with other courses such as the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship programme which meant plenty of opportunities for networking. This meant I had a lot of classes where I met and socialised with more people with different backgrounds, ages and interests. As both programmes are very international, I made new friends from all over the globe.
The Arts, Business and Creativity MA provided me with a unique opportunity to try out different things and learn through new experiences, such as thinking like an entrepreneur to promote creative ideas, or acting as a consultant to help the development of an organisation. In addition to learning key academic concepts and knowledge, I gained practical work during the programme which consolidated my understanding of the creative industry.
I chose Newcastle University as the Business School is triple accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and has a strong reputation around the world. As my future plans involve doing marketing for start-up businesses, then later launching my very own business, the ABC programme seemed like the most suitable programme for me. The course is also multicultural and I knew this would prepare me on a social and cultural level - if I chose to work internationally later.
Read Yi-Hsin's full profile.
I enjoyed every module in my course because I was taught how to start up a business and become a true entrepreneur with entrepreneurial skills. I have learned so much about diversity and culture through engaging with students from all over the world.