MA Creative Entrepreneurship

Key facts

“The MA Creative Entrepreneurship gave me the confidence to finally call me myself a writer.”

In their words

Andrea Michael, Creative Writer and Former Student

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This unique Masters programme enables you to discover and acquire the key skills required to sustain creative practice in the 21st century. If you are seriously looking for an alternative to being an employee and aspire to meet the challenges of setting up as self-employed in a creative practice or creative venture, then this is the ideal course.


The course is interdisciplinary and is designed for those who wish to work in the exciting and fulfilling world of creative sector. This includes those who want to make a creative contribution to society, whose aims and objectives are not primarily focused on commercial outcomes — visual artists, creative writers, musicians, performing or digital artists and recent arts graduates seeking to work in the context of cultural provision. 

You will benefit from specialist visiting speakers who will help you to support the aspirations and individual needs of each year`s students. You will learn the key professional skills and the applications required to sustain contemporary creative practice including, basic financial management, copyright and intellectual property, communications and the marketing of your work, digital technology and social media. You will develop skills for accessing resources and funding from public, private and charitable organisations and create a five-year Arts Plan to help you establish a strategy to allow you to navigate towards your future aims and objectives.

What skills will I learn?

A full range of key skills to advance your creative practice; This includes financial management, legal copyright, self-employment, communications, digital technology and social media plus assess to resources via fundraising and explore new routes to your target market with your personal opportunities to develop your creative work.

What are the career opportunities?

Students from the UK, USA, China, Russia and the Far East have achieved success by forming theatre companies, publishing creative writing, exhibitions in London and Norwich, appearance in West End performances, producing street art and environmental projects, recorded albums of their own songs, performed poetry slams, created films and videos, run festivals and workshops, launched pop up creative enterprises and `on line` creative ventures. See student showcases and achievements.

Course Content and Structure

This programmes with 20 specialist visitors is flexible and responsive to your needs. Seminars are given by publishers, agents, collectors, curators, concert promoters and festival directors with individual contributions by successful entrepreneurial artists, composers, writers and prominent cultural leaders.

Taught sessions are held two days per week to enable students to continue their creative practice. The course comprises four taught modules and a dissertation or creative equivalent.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits


Visiting established contemporary Artists, Writers and Musicians present their career/professional work experience and discuss and review students' existing work followed by a series of visits to progress the students' individual creative activity.




Students are required to submit either an academic dissertation of no more than 10.000 words OR submit a creative project developed during the course together with a contextualising commentary of 3,000 to 5,000 words in which the student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship of issues raised by the course to their own work.




A series of invited Visitors introduce the leading roles and functions undertaken by individuals and organisations in the Cultural Sector. Identifying the competing frameworks and motivations operating in the Arts, including the Political, Social, Charitable, Corporate and Educational contexts.




This module addresses the opportunities to generate resources for the Arts with a review of the current funding structures open to creative entrepreneurs. Leading professionals from across the public, private and charitable sector examine policy and opportunity for arts funding in the areas of Sponsorship, Foundations and Trusts, Local Authority and National Government funding, the Arts Council, Arts Agencies and self-generated income.




A series of tutorials or briefings by specialists from the key professions covering functions relating to creative entrepreneurial practice, including IT, Finance, Legal, Communications and Marketing. Technical skills and their application are addressed across a broad context including Self-employment, Budgeting, Contracts, Intellectual Property, News/Image Management and Public Relations.




An integrative course element drawing on the skill, knowledge and experience gained in all taught components of the course. Each student undertakes their individual five year Arts Plan supported by tutorials which initially addresses their current position and assumptions as related to an historical context supported by research and analysis. In progressing an Arts Plan for the next five years the student is required to demonstrate at each stage a conceptual and practical understanding relating to their creative aims and objectives. The Arts Plan incorporates new applications of existing work (developed as responses to seminar tasks) demonstrating the ability to integrate the various elements of the course, including addressing risk and accommodating the possibility of failure. It will endeavour to provide evidence of academic, creative and business skills in the pursuit of a valuable practical product which can be taken away and used in a future professional capacity. The Arts Plan is an assessed piece of work (pass/fail only).




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Special Entry Requirements

All applications should be accompanied by samples of work in an appropriate medium. For example:

  • Visual arts: A video or DVD of up to 30 minutes of film or up to 6 slides or jpeg images provided on a CD.
  • Literature: A written piece of up to 3,000 words or a collection of 10-15 poems.
  • Music: A tape/CD/video/DVD of 20 minutes with a minimum of three pieces that best demonstrate the level and breadth of performance (for conducting, a video or DVD and for singing three or four contrasting songs), or a written score.

The above list is not exhaustive. If you have other ideas please suggest a more suitable alternative form of supporting material.

A degree is preferable but not essential. All applications will be considered based on the applicant's background and experience.


All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

Living Expenses

Living expenses of approximately £9,300 will be needed to adequately support yourself.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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