Arts, Bus and Creativity MA

Rossy H

Student Profile

About me

Name: Rossy
Course: Arts, Business and Creativity MA
Study mode: Full time
Where I’m from: Indonesia

Choosing Newcastle

"I dream of contributing to my country’s creative economy, but I didn’t quite know what to do and how to reach it. I heard that the creative industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, so when I learned about the Art, Business and Creativity programme, I was intrigued about this course that specifically requires people with a history in creative industries and is also taught by lecturers with backgrounds in both arts and business. Having studied Product Design for my undergraduate degree, I had some experience of the creative industries through internships and volunteering. I want to work in the industry, and the course is very hands on which will give me the experience I need to achieve this. Also, living and studying in the UK would give me the chance to see the country’s culture and its creative sector to see how things work here.

“Newcastle University has so much to offer for the student’s future like the Career Services, work experience, various student societies and extracurricular activities. As one of the best student cities, Newcastle is also away from the hustle and bustle of a crowded metropolitan city. Moreover, as an international student, I thought it would be a learning experience to explore a foreign culture and gain perspective on why creative industries are better received and thrive better in the UK."

Studying at Newcastle

"Although there are only 15 full-time students from the Arts, Business and Creativity (ABC) programme, there are plenty of opportunities for networking, especially with the sister programme Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship’s (ICE) students. I take many classes where I meet and socialise with people from different backgrounds, ages and interests and as both classes are very multinational, I get to make new friends from all over the globe. In group work I hear different ways of thinking and perspectives which I would never think of before and learn transferable skills like communication and teamwork skills. The lecturers are also very open minded and accepting of our ideas in addition to sharing news of the latest events in the creative sector and volunteering opportunities.

“There are also courses that challenge me with a more practical approach and give me some learning experiences which are not limited to the classroom, for example I was able to start a business in a team. I particularly enjoyed my Business Enterprise modules which gave me practical experience making a project happen with people from both the ABC and ICE courses."

“I also get to go on fieldtrips and speak with people in Newcastle’s creative and cultural sector, such as going to the NewBridge project and Maker Space (both in the city centre). For me, these practical experiences are invaluable, it’s a chance to really apply my undergraduate degree skills and also make me learn to be my own time manager.

“Studying my Master’s, I’ve pushed myself harder than during my undergraduate studies. You definitely read more, and I’d say the hardest part of studying at postgrad level is managing your time effectively. As I have some work-heavy roles in my projects, I have to prioritise my time and still make sure I can see my friends!

“While the course is challenging, I am enjoying it and I have a good team which pushes me to be better at what I do."

Postgraduate Community

Even before I started my study in Newcastle University, I joined the Facebook postgraduate page to get to know what kinds of people I would be studying with. Although I only met a few of them when I started studying, I figured this group is useful for sharing events or just asking general queries. But with all the events like fresher’s week, and student societies, making friends is not limited to postgraduate students only.

“I am part of a volunteering programme called ‘A Second Life’, which is based around upcycling and recycling, through which I’ve met lots of different students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. I’ve also been involved with the Indonesian Society and the Business Enterprise Society (which offers talks from entrepreneurs). You can get involved with loads of stuff at Newcastle, I’ve even had the chance to try parkour and loads of different languages through Give It a Go."

Funding my studies

"Being a recent graduate, I didn’t really have much working experience or money, nor the intention to immediately start working in an office setting. For extra cash, I started to do some side-jobs like freelancing and tutoring children how to draw, but being from Indonesia, it didn’t amount to much in GBP.

“Luckily when I applied for my Master’s programme at Newcastle University, I was eligible and chosen for the Business Excellence Scholarship, which is taken off my tuition fee, and since my parents encouraged me to study abroad, they also agreed to fund the rest of the tuition.

“The Business Excellence Scholarship was awarded based on my grades for my undergraduate degree, and it cut my fee by £5,000. I did not have to apply, I was just told I was a candidate and it was awarded to me."

Career aspirations

"The creative economy in Indonesia is a fairly young industry and people have only paid more attention to it in recent years. Studying in Newcastle University helps me get a better insight into what I might be able to do, like being a management consultant in the creative sector or freelancing; both topics are studied on the Arts, Business and Creativity programme and the lecturers always welcome queries on the subjects."


"I live in a three bedroom flat in Leazes Parade, student accommodation offered by the University. Being a little far from the campus, I get used to a 15-minute walk every day. Fortunately, I have good flat mates that I share the whole trip with, and we occasionally go shopping together and explore new sides of the city on the weekend. All of my flatmates are postgraduates too, one is on the ICE programme, and all of them are from different countries (Kenya and China). Newcastle University made it easy for me to find the accommodation and also caters to students’ special requests before giving the final accommodation offer, like help with disability or room preferences."

Living in Newcastle

"Coming from a tropical country with only two seasons, it was exciting for me to live in a country with four seasons. Also, having lived in the capital of my country, coming to Newcastle has been a relaxing change of pace. It’s great if you want a totally different atmosphere to the generic ‘big city’. Despite Newcastle being a cold place, the people in this city are some of the warmest people I’ve met; they are helpful, resourceful, and are willing to help a complete stranger – if you’re not shy to ask. The city seems to always have something going on like art markets, design festivals and other various events to come and see.

“If you want a hint as to where to go, I like going to the Quayside, particularly the Sunday Market. As a lot of people on my course are from art backgrounds, we often go to exhibitions at places like the Baltic, NewBridge Project and Ampersand Inventions. Our lecturers often let us know about the latest exhibitions, which means we’re always kept up to date with what’s going on in the city!

Remembering Newcastle

"The city of Newcastle is rich in both history and culture, and I got to know these facts first hand through the walking city tour section in my induction week schedule. I like that the University gives me a comprehensive learning experience so that even before any the courses start I also get to know the history and various landmarks of the city I’ll be living in for the next year.

“One of the highlights of my time here was arranging a Cultural Workshop for the Business Enterprise project, which introduced people to a certain culture. I got to hear different opinions and make friends with various people, which was great as I really got to know who I could work with. A mum attended with two of her kids and seemed to really enjoy it, and got Chinese writing of her kids’ names which they loved. It was really heart-warming.”