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.
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- 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
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.
The very nature of this course means that it is focussed on developing your career. As a creative graduate, you will be supported in your ambition to turn your artistic and creative talents into a viable career or business start-up.
The Arts, Business and Creativity MA was developed in response to the increasing worldwide demand for creativity in practice from:
- 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.
Graduates from the course have undertaken various roles including:
- Art Director
- Art Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Social and Digital Marketing Manager
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.
Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.
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
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
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English Language Requirements
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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.