This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by June 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended

This innovative and dynamic MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended 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.

(Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

18 months

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

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: Extended 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 different timeframe? We also offer this course full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months. For details of the 12-month course, please visit our full-time MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries course search web page. Alternatively, to find out more and apply for the 24-month course, please visit our part-time MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries course search web page.

Highlights
  • Dr Selva Pankaj, the author of ‘Thinking into Character – A Proven Methodology for the Creation of Success & Self-Fulfilment’, is a valued partner of the University whose work will support you in the development of business and career planning, confidence and knowledge.
  • You may choose to focus on a single discipline or combine several areas of practice to follow an interdisciplinary route. When you successfully complete the master's, your degree title will be chosen to reflect the focus of your studies.
  • Our industry‐engaged staff are practising artists, writers and performers. You'll benefit from our strong industry links with a range of arts, cultural and creative organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West region, offering opportunities for industry masterclasses and lectures, joint projects, and networking.
  • You'll be able to make use of industry-standard specialist facilities across the University of Bolton's Faculty of Engineering, Arts and Creative Technologies to develop high-quality creative outputs.
  • This MA is part of the University of Bolton’s ‘Career Development Masters’ suite, which offers shared modules designed to give you a wider business perspective, including tax self-assessment, invoicing, intellectual property and risk assessments, as well as knowing how to start a business and to take advantage of opportunities for enterprise development.
Key Features
  • All classes are planned to allow part-time students to continue with their employment whilst studying, so working professionals can undertake the programme. The part-time course would be completed in 24 months.
  • Teaching and supervision are delivered by dedicated staff chosen for their expertise and experience in fields relevant to your creative practice and professional development needs.
  • We offer an engaging programme of visiting speakers and practitioners that gives you opportunities to network with and learn from industry professionals.
  • We'll offer you opportunities for interdisciplinary work and collaboration.
  • You'll benefit from our strong industry links with local and regional arts, culture and trade organisations, studios, galleries, games and film FX companies, publishers, manufacturers and companies specialising in creative art and design practice.
  • Your final master’s degree title will reflect your specialist area(s) of practice (please note that the final award title will be selected in agreement with the University within the parameters specified in programme documentation).
  • 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.
  • Generous bursary schemes are being offered for these courses. Please see our Scholarship and Bursaries web pages.

  • Normally, you should have at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a subject relevant to the creative discipline(s) you wish to study during this course. Relevant subjects include (but aren’t limited to) animation, illustration, art and design, fine art, graphic design, media, performing arts, dance, photography, textiles and surface design, fashion, creative writing, games design, games art, special effects and visual effects. If you have expertise in another creative discipline and wish to combine this with the one you studied at undergraduate-level, we may be able to accommodate you, however, you’ll need to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence as described below.
  • If you don’t have a lower second class (2.2) honours degree but do have significant experience in your field of creative practice and are able to present a strong portfolio, then we’ll be happy to consider your application. You’ll be required to attend an online or face-to-face interview and present evidence in the form of a portfolio of creative and written work that demonstrate your suitability and aptitude for the course. The evidence should be presented in electronic format and attested by an independent person. The independent person needs to be a current or former lecturer/employer (holding a more senior role than yourself). The University is looking for candidates who can demonstrate a clear style and commitment to their creative practice and who will benefit from experiencing this area of study.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

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: Extended 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.

What can I do with this qualification?

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.

Alternative career options

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:

  • Leadership and management
  • Arts administration and fundraising
  • Arts and cultural leadership
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Social enterprise
  • Policy management
  • Education and teaching
  • Advising and consultancy

Course fees

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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.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


Course application details are unavailable at present

Course application details are unavailable at present


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.

Disclaimer

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.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Zubair Hanslot
Dr, Provost and Executive Lead for Postgraduate

Z.Hanslot@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903045

Mohammed Abdel-Haq
Professor, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Development

mohammed.abdel-haq@bolton.ac.uk

Nicola Shaw
Dr, Academic Co-ordinator for Standards, Enhancement and the Learner Experience, Bolton School of the Arts

N.Shaw@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903317

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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