MA
Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship: Social Innovation Pathway

Why study MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship: Social Innovation Pathway at Goldsmiths

This programme allows you to develop your creative and cultural practices and knowledge to develop an impact-enterprise.

  • The Social Innovation Pathway of the MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship allows you to build on a historical and theoretical understanding of cultural and creative industries and the development of a cultural economy to create your own creative initiatives, which might be research-based, policy-based, practice-based, or a combination of any or all of these.
  • The MA will be taught in partnership by a number of departments within Goldsmiths and with key individuals and organisations in the creative and cultural industries sector.
  • Our collective approach is to integrate entrepreneurship within the development of creative practices and to take a ‘creative’ approach to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor.

Length

15 months full-time, 27 months part-time

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

Department

Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

What you'll study

Attendance is mandatory for all taught sections of the programme. To encourage collaborative learning we try to teach all students together wherever possible, irrespective of their particular pathway.

You will take the following compulsory modules that are core to MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship:

Module title Credits
Theories of Capital 30 credits
Entrepreneurial Modelling 30 credits
Methods and Approaches of Critical Analysis into Cultural Entrepreneurship 15 credits
Dissertation or Project Portfolio plus reflective analysis 75 credits

Note about optional modules (if available): The above is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Teaching style

Teaching will be delivered on a predominantly group seminar/workshop basis with individual tutorial support, particularly for independent projects.

What our students say

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Phoenix Fry

Rather than squishing me into a ‘business studies’ mould, ICCE enabled me to open up and think entrepreneurially.


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Rassi N Pang

I have been enjoying gaining new market insights that I can use for my brand.


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Jeremy Young

The classroom is embedded into your life as a creative worker, not the other way around.


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Careers

The programme will enable those who have previously studied an area of creative study/practice to start a career developing a business arising from an existing or new creative practice.

This may relate directly to a 'product' or 'process' arising from you own practice or to a form of 'expertise', 'consultancy' or 'knowledge'.

The programme will also equip those who wish to work within organisations that develop the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses with the capacity to flourish in a variety of contexts.

Skills

You can expect to develop an independence and integrity in developing creative ideas.

You will be able to apply entrepreneurial approaches to creative projects and demonstrate an understanding of different business models to establish a creative enterprise.

You will also develop team-working and leadership skills, and effective business and communication skills.

Industry links
The Masters is taught with key individuals and organisations in the creative and cultural industries sector.
Develop professional skills
You'll develop the business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.
Networking opportunities
You'll be studying alongside other entrepreneurs and innovators, which presents opportunities for professional contacts and collaborations.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

If you haven't gained an undergraduate degree related to your chosen pathway subject you should have gained three years of industry experience in a relevant area to be able to meet the knowledge level requirements.

Applicants who have significant (5 years plus) experience in the cultural or creative industries, but no first degree will also be considered, and your ability to cope with the breadth of academic writing will be assessed.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the PG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

Explore the Goldsmiths scholarships finder to find out what funding you may be eligible for.

If you are a UK student you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Meanwhile our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies.

Paying your fees

Find out about paying your tuition fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.

To complete your application, you will need to have:

  • Details of your academic qualifications
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively a copy of your academic reference
  • Copies of your educational transcripts or certificates
  • A personal statement
  • A one-paragraph elevator pitch for an entrepreneurial business idea that you plan to develop through the course. This is not a business plan, but a brief paragraph that clearly and concisely expresses your core entrepreneurial idea. You can submit your elevator pitch as a document or as audio/video. Please note that there is a file size limit of 20MB on our website but we can accept your audio/video hosted online if you provide a link to this in your application.

When applying, please specify your preferred pathway i.e. Social Innovation.

You must demonstrate in your written application and in interview that you have a capacity for creative and cultural entrepreneurship, and that you are able to meet the intellectual demands of the programme.

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from 1 October to 30 June for students wanting to start the following September. When applying, please specify your preferred pathway.

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline. 

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Further guidance

Read our guide to applying for a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths.

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