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This innovative and dynamic MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries offers you the opportunity to develop key employability skills and extend your expertise in your chosen field of creative practice. Combining focused study in your chosen specialism with essential training to develop the high-level transferable skills needed for career success, this course allows you to become the master of your own career development.
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Gain the skills and self-belief to showcase your worth You have talent and the University of Bolton's MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries aims to help you prove it. We want to help you gain the skills and self-belief to showcase your worth, allowing you to compete with confidence for your dream job or build your own successful business from the ground up.
Designed to help you secure your desired career or promotion Designed to help you secure your desired career or promotion, completing this course will extend your skills and increase your self-confidence. To achieve this, we’ll take a multi-faceted approach focused on helping you gain a combination of academic, analytical, creative and professional skills that will prepare you for a career in the creative industries, as well as provide a sound basis for doctoral-level study.
Tried and tested coaching and training methods to support you Throughout the programme, we’ll use tried and tested, research-informed coaching and training methods to support your development of key employability skills. These will range from postgraduate-level skills in research, critique, problem-solving, professional presentation and synthesis to interpersonal and business-relevant skills such as innovative thinking, team working and project management, the effective use of technology, public speaking and professionalism. Together, these will help you to develop your industry profile and ensure your work reaches your desired audience.
Support you in developing a unique body of creative work Our expert team will support you in developing a unique body of creative work through a series of negotiated projects that will be underpinned and informed by industry practice. You’ll work with a specialist supervisor who will provide support and guidance throughout the developmental process.
An ideal course for graduates and professionals of creative industries This course should appeal to (but is not limited to) graduates and professionals in areas such as Animation, Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Fashion, Fine Art, Games Art and Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media, Performance, Photography, Special and Visual Effects, Textiles and Surface Design.
Would you prefer to complete your course over a longer time? We also offer this course with a duration of 18 months full-time or 24 months part-time. For full-time study, please visit our MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended course search web page for details and to apply. Alternatively, for part-time study, please visit our MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries course search web page.
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Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
The MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries offers named postgraduate routes for practice‐based areas including art and design, media, theatre and performing arts, creative writing, games art and development, special effects, visual effects, live events and dance. Additionally, it’s an excellent option if you’ve been working in a relevant field gaining degree-level knowledge through experience and self-study rather than formal education. This master’s aims to expand the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained through your undergraduate or professional work and pave the way for you to achieve your ambitions.
The key ingredient found in many successful business people and leaders is ‘confidence without arrogance’. Successful people know how to use their skills and knowledge for maximum impact. An essential focus of this course is on giving you the confidence to promote yourself effectively by drawing on the most appropriate elements of your expertise, presenting your ideas and work in the correct way, at the right time and to the most relevant people. The University of Bolton’s strong and growing links with industry and professional practice across the North West sets a scene that allows for coaching, networking and employment opportunities.
As a graduate of this MA, you’ll possess extensive skills in your field of the creative industries and a unique body of work that demonstrates your abilities and style. You’ll be able to act autonomously, and use your initiative, problem-solving and leadership skills to manage complex situations. You’ll have valuable skills in employability, problem-solving, and in collaborative and team working with creative practitioners, community members, and commercial organisations. Overall, the course offers no-nonsense guidance towards self-improvement. By the end of the course, you should have the skills to take charge of your personal and professional development and be able to reflect on your progress as you work towards your goals.
This is an industry‐focused MA that provides you with an opportunity to develop your professional practice as well as clear plans as to how you will use this to progress your career in the creative industries, or as the basis for doctoral study.
As a graduate of this MA, you'll be well prepared to seek employment or promotion, or become self-employed using the enterprise and innovation skills you’ve developed as part of the course. You'll possess the knowledge needed to submit financial/budget applications or business plans and to prepare and launch various projects. How you use your skills will depend on your chosen area(s) of creative practice and your personal interests and ambitions. However, you can rest assured that you'll have the confidence, knowledge and skills to drive forward in your career or enterprise development.
On successfully completing the course, you’ll be invited to continue your education via the MPhil and PhD degrees that are available at the University of Bolton.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £9,250 for the academic year 2020/21.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £12,450 for the academic year 2020/21.
For the 2020/21 academic year, tuition fees for Home and EU students are £9,250 (full-time and pro-rata for part-time). For international students, the fee is £12,450. This course is one of our Career Development Master's - Game Changers degree programmes. Generous bursary schemes are being offered for these courses. Please see our Scholarship and Bursaries web pages.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
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If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply online: University of Bolton MA Creative Practice (Specialism) STV - 21 September 2020
The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.
How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:
Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email email@example.com
Apply online: University of Bolton MA Creative Practice (Specialism) STV - 21 September 2020
Our team of academic and professional staff will use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you gain and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. You can expect practice-based enquiry, self-directed study, lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and work-based learning. Scheduled sessions will be held in the evening, allowing full-time and part-time students to study together and offering opportunities for those working in professional/industrial environments to present live case studies.
It’s important to realise that the time spent with a tutor during formally scheduled activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module. You’ll also be expected to spend a significant amount of time in guided independent study, such as general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. We are committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey. Over time, our guidance will purposefully become less structured and prescriptive. This will encourage you to develop confidence and independence in your studies and take responsibility for managing your own learning time as you increase in autonomy.
The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to help you achieve the overall aims of the curriculum, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as assessing your achievement, it helps to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
The types of assessment you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments help in learning and developing knowledge and skills. Summative assessments, on which grades are allocated, reflect the quality of the learning that has been achieved. Formative assessment will take place via tutorial discussion, group workshops including peer and tutor review, and guidance on work in progress. Formative feedback will be provided face-to-face via discussion, online or in written form. Summative assessments consist of both practical and applied theoretical work. These will include a range of assessments including practical projects, written work, presentations and portfolios.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 67%, Practical exams 33%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
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The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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