Newcastle University Business School

Art, Business and Creativity MA

Art, Business and Creativity MA

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Your Programme

This section aims to provide you with some key information on your degree programme. Generic information relating to postgraduate degrees can be found on the Business School Postgraduate Blackboard Community and in the Postgraduate Study Guide.

About the programme

The Arts, Business and Creativity MA is an intensive modular programme which can be taken full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months. It is designed for students from a  wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who may have some work experience related to the creative industries. The programme aims to provide an entrepreneurial education for creative graduates who want to develop a career in the creative industries, particularly those who want to be involved in the successful start-up, maintenance, development and growth of a business or freelance career in the creative industries. The programme consists of two parts: a taught component; and a research project for which a dissertation is submitted. Full-time students take the taught component during the first and second semesters and the research project during the third semester. For part-time students, the taught component is spread across the first and second years and the research project is completed during semester three of the second year. Successful completion of the taught component is required in order for a student to progress to the dissertation.

Induction week

There will be an induction week for your Master’s programme at the start of Semester 1, including sessions with your programme director, your designated personal tutor, group activities and social events. This week is also your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, the facilities available such as the Robinson Library, and check details such as your timetable. A full schedule for the week will be included in your welcome pack on the first day of induction week and will also be published in the ‘Student Life’ section of the Business School website.

Assessment

The assessment will depend on the individual module. You can expect to be assessed by a variety of means including:

  • assignments both individual and group
  • presentations
  • dissertation

The mix of assessment methods is to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge outcomes of the programme and also your assimilation of the skills developed during your Master’s programme.

The assessment methods used in individual modules are included in the module outlines. The assessments for the taught modules are summarised in the table below.

Details of assessment deadlines will be provided on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community within the first two weeks of term to allow you to plan your workload. You should familiarise yourself with the assignment submission procedures available on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community. 

Most assignment deadlines are set at 10.00 on a Monday morning. This timing was decided upon following feedback from students in previous years as it allows you to make full use of the weekend for working on your assessment but doesn’t overlap with classes on a Monday. Please note that work submitted after the specified deadline, even by just a few minutes, will be treated as a late submission in line with University policy. Please see further details in the Postgraduate Study Guide on late submission of assessed work.

Occasionally, a module leader may change an assignment deadline (almost always to a later date). You will be notified of this in advance by e-mail by either the module leader or the relevant programme secretary. For all assignment deadlines, you should receive your marks and feedback within 20 working days. There may be certain exceptions to this turnaround time, but you will be notified of this at the time the deadline is set.

Module

Compulsory/ core/optional

Individual assignment(s)

Group assessment

Examination

Arts as Enterprise – Freelancing in Arts, Media and Culture 1

Compulsory

100%

 

 

Understanding and Managing Creativity

Compulsory

80%

20%

 

Business Enterprise for Postgraduate Students

Compulsory

70%

30%

 

Research Methods

Compulsory

100%

 

 

Understanding and Managing Creative Enterprises

Compulsory

35%

65%

 

Arts as Enterprise – Freelancing in Arts, Media and Culture 2

Compulsory

75%

25%

 

Your contacts

Degree Programme Director

The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Masters programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole.

Dr Paul Richter
DPD - MA Arts Business & Creativity and MSc Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081696

Programme Secretary

The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines.

Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business School @ Barrack Road or on 0191 208 1587.

Aaron Winder
Postgraduate Clerical Officer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1586

Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes

Dr Maioli oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School

Dr Sara Maioli
Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1665

Senior Tutor

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who is there to help you with matters of a more personal nature. In addition, you can contact the senior tutor who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters and is chair of the staff–student committee for your programme.

Dr Graeme Heron
Lecturer in Operations Management

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1739

Business School careers adviser

Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies.

Ailsa McCleod

 

Details on the teaching team will be provided in the first lecture for each module. 

A complete list of Business School academic and professional support staff, along with contact details, can be found online. Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.