Develop your creativity for a sustainable career in the Arts Develop your creativity for a sustainable career in the Arts

A course that presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to prepare for a creative career in the Arts & Creative Industries, providing the ways and means to make it happen. 

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Why study Creative Entrepreneurship at UEA?

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.

The Modules

The Arts Plan

Students undertake an individual 5 year Arts Plan (supported by tutorials and seminars) identifying their creative aims and objectives for the next 5 years enabling students to develop a valuable practical tool for future professional use.

Resources for the Arts

This module reviews the current funding structures and identifies opportunities for fundraising and generating resources for the Arts. 

Key Roles and Playmakers

A series of invited visitors introduce leading roles and functions undertaken by individuals and organisations in the cultural sector. Guest speakers identify the frameworks operating in the Arts, including the political, social, charitable, corporate and educational contexts.

Artists and Contemporary Practice

A series of established contemporary artists, writers and musicians, present their careers and professional creative work experience and discuss students’ work to support and progress the students’ individual creative activity.

Technical / Professional briefings

A series of briefings from specialists in key professions to cover basic level professional functions required to sustain contemporary creative practice. 

Dissertation and Assessment

Assessment is based on eight pieces of coursework and a final dissertation or creative project / practical work / performance with a contextualised commentary.

Tuition Fees for 2016/17

  • Home/EU students: £7,150 (full-time) / £3,575 (part-time)
  • International students: £14,500 (full-time). 

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

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

Entry Requirements

Degree Subject: Humanities or Social Sciences (preferred)*

Degree Classification: 2:1 or international equivalent

All applicants will need to submit a sample of their work alongside their application and might be interviewed by the Course Director.

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

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 runs 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

Making an application and further information

If you would like to make an application for this course you can apply online, or download an application form.

For further information please call +44 (0)1603 591515, or email