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MA International Creative Enterprise

Gain a unique insight into, and practical experience of, the creative economy as you combine the study of critical approaches to culture with real-world creative enterprise, including an international field trip and a work placement in the cultural industries.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2021, September 2022
      Subjects: Media
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Subject to validation. Further information about this new programme will be added as it becomes available.

      Offering a unique blend of critical approaches to the study of culture, combined with practical experience of working in the creative economy of a major European city, this taught Masters degree prepares the international creative makers, organisers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. You will the gain experience of working in the cultural industries, an insight into critical approaches to culture, an international perspective on culture and creativity, and a detailed knowledge of the international creative economy. This will be achieved through the exploration of theatre, film and TV, museums, galleries, publishing and the music industry. You will learn from expert practitioners in the cultural industries and undertake rigorous training in understanding culture. A work placement and international field trip are key features of the programme. You will also have the opportunity to shape your pathway of study around your own interests, including work experience, cultural criticism, and creative fieldwork and production.

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      Modules

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      MED4001The Culture Industry (20 credits)

      The Culture Industry takes a deep theoretical and historical dive into the production of culture. The module draws on the texts of the modern philosophical and critical tradition and places them in the context of international creative enterprise. It will examine the origins of culture as a concept, the relationship between culture and the economy, how different societies produce culture, and how we account for the politics of culture and culture wars. You will have the opportunity to consider the tools we have to understand the meaning of culture today, as well as the significance of ‘heritage’ and the role of history in the contemporary culture industry.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4002Working in the Creative Economy (20 credits)

      Working in the Creative Economy provides a practitioner-led account of the practical concerns of cultural institutions. The module will be taught by leading figures in the North West creative economy. It will examine the priorities for cultural policy in the UK and explore how leaders of cultural organisations balance the competing concerns of government, funders, the public, and cultural necessity. You will consider how best to understand the problem of access and audiences for cultural institutions, while also reflecting on the role of entrepreneurship in the creative economy. With input from industry professionals, the module will provide you with first-hand experience of organisational issues and policy debates in the creative economy in a variety of cultural and institutional settings.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4003Creative Industry Placement (40 credits)

      Creative Industry Placement involves a 20-day placement in a cultural organisation in the north west of England with a partner organisation of the Institute for Creative Enterprise. Partners include Arts Council England, Bluecoat (Liverpool), Creative Lancashire, Culture Liverpool, Digital Lancashire, Everyman cinemas, Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse theatres, FACT, HOME, Hurricane Films, LA Productions, Liverpool Film Office, Liverpool Irish Festival, MediaCityUK, National Museums & Galleries Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, RIBA North, Royal Court Liverpool, Sound City, Tate Liverpool, UNESCO, Unity Theatre, and Writing on the Wall. The module will enable you to gain experience and develop professional skills in a practical setting within the culture industry. You will have a work-based mentor and be provided with a directed programme of activity relevant to the placement setting. You will use your prior knowledge of critical theory and the cultural industries to self-reflect on your experience and how you progress on the placement.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4005Dissertation (60 credits)

      Dissertation enables you to plan, undertake and complete a critically engaged, coherent, substantial and advanced piece of independent study. You will produce a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic relevant to cultural literacy, the contemporary creative economy, and/or the business of managing a cultural organisation. The project can constitute either an extended analysis of texts and concepts or an extended reflection of your experience working within the creative economy, including your own cultural practice. The module will enable you to develop your writing and analytical skills to a high level commensurate with professional practice in the creative economy.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following modules:

      MED4004Deconstructing Liverpool (20 credits)

      Deconstructing Liverpool focuses on the cultural representation of Liverpool and the surrounding city region in popular culture, from film, television and music to novels and art. The module will explore how Liverpool has featured in popular culture and how a regional identity has been constructed through its cultural representations. You will assess how we can read and create against preconceived images and ideas in relation to the place and people of the contemporary Liverpool city region, as well as how can we apply our knowledge of cultural theory and organisations to gain an understanding of the creative economy of Liverpool city region today. The module will enhance your skills in critical analysis and close reading, while providing supplementary augmentation to the work-based experience of operating within a regional cultural organisation.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4006Screenlife (20 credits)

      Screenlife equips you with advanced skills in immersive, online filmmaking using the Screenlife technology and principles pioneered by Timur Berkmambetov. The module combines the acquisition of a highly-developed skillset in digital filmmaking with a deep appreciation of concepts and forms in storytelling, and the history of cinema. You will develop a deep knowledge of the Screenlife platform and its technical capabilities and gain a profound understanding of aesthetic and conceptual issues in Screenlife storytelling. The module supplements this with insight into the place of the platform in the wider context of the history of world cinema and contemporary creative enterprise. Developing resilience for independent and remote creative working in creative digital and media, you will also harness a robust capacity to adapt to transformations in the film industry and international creative enterprise under the accelerated change of digital innovation and artificial intelligence. Working as part of a team, you will produce a short film based on Screenlife technology and principles, individually reflect on the production and have the opportunity to share it on the Screenlife platform. Industry professionals with proven track records in the production of the Screenlife format will deliver masterclasses within the module.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will also study a modern language via the University’s Language Steps programme at a level appropriate to your prior experience. This will form an integrated 20-credits on the programme.

      Timetables

      Disclaimer

      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

      Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      On successful completion of this programme, you will be well placed to work in the cultural industries, such as theatre, film and TV, museums and galleries, publishing, the music industry, or as an entrepreneur.

      Potential roles include creative entrepreneurship, film and media production, arts management and policy, museums and galleries administration, theatre management and creative practice, music industry executive, festival organisation, digital and technological creativity, or founding and running an independent arts organisation.

      Alternatively, you may wish to undertake further study and research in creative enterprise or critical approaches to culture.

      Finance

      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are £5,580 for UK students and £13,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. Exemptions apply for EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK full-time tuition fee rate.

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £31 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £620 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.

      If you’re an Edge Hill University graduate joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, you may be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees. You could receive a 50% reduction if you graduated in academic year 2020/21 or a 20% reduction if you graduated in academic years 2018/19 or 2019/20. This offer is available to eligible UK students, EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status, and Irish nationals. Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/feereduction2021 to find out more.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

      Apply

      How to Apply

      This is a new course currently in development. Online applications for this programme will open once the validation process has been completed. Please keep checking this page for updates.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

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