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About the course

Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. If you have ever thought about setting up your own creative enterprise or working as a freelancer, this intensive course will help you develop the essential skills required to succeed.

The tutoring team on Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme believe that the best way to learn freelance and enterprise skills is to get involved with real commercial projects.

Our established industry links and on-site creative agency provide students with access to these projects, where they will be expected to take full responsibility for managing the client, communicating successfully and delivering projects to budget. Past students have even had the opportunity to pitch for paid work as part of the course.

Taught portions of the course closely examine the creative economy, helping students to understand how the different sectors of the creative industry operate. Students also learn a range of strategic thinking and problem solving skills, building a set of transferable skills which will help them throughout their career.

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Students will join Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency, for the duration of the master’s programme. Students learn enterprise skills by working with real clients on a variety of live projects, meeting professional deadlines and taking full responsibility for client management.

What does this course lead to?

This course equips students to identify opportunities that are appropriate to their skillset and aspirations, helping them to take their existing creative skills and apply them in a commercial setting. This may take the form of in-house employment, freelance work, entrepreneurship - or a combination of the three.

The enterprise skills that students develop can be used throughout their careers and will help to maximise their employability. This includes a thorough understanding of how business is conducted within the creative industries and a toolkit of general business and enterprise skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is a must for entrepreneurial graduates or ambitious professionals who are keen to start their own creative enterprise or work as a freelancer in the creative industries.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £6,750
International full-time fees: £11,500
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,375 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline. 

  • Applicants may also be required to send a portfolio and may be contacted for an interview either face to face or through Skype.
  • Alternatively, applicants may be considered with experience in the creative industries.  

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Research Methods & Masters Project Proposal
  • Masters Project
  • The Creative Economy
  • Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Facilities

Students have access to a range of facilities to suit their creative discipline, from printing presses and photography studios to animation suites and green-screen spaces. The University also offers a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, audio booths and an extensive media loans scheme. 

Solent is also home to a 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.

With a clear focus on helping students to develop their enterprise skills, the curriculum looks at portfolio techniques, business management, marketing, the creative climate and critical thinking. Working with clients gives many opportunities for portfolio development, helping graduates to secure clients or find employment once the course has concluded.

Your future

Suitable occupations for graduates include:

  • Creative freelance work
  • Entrepreneurship within the creative industries
  • In-house practice
  • Agency account management
  • Art direction
  • Consultancy

There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.

Industry links

Solent Creatives have excellent contacts with industry across a range of different sectors, having worked with over 800 business since it opened for business. These have included Marks & Spencer, Southampton Airport, Sodexo, Oxfam, the NHS and many small and medium sized organisations from the local area. Past projects have seen students filming live events, managing social media content, designing corporate brochures and organising charity fashion shows.  

Solent Creatives is also active in various networking groups including the JCI, Creative Network South and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Graduate stories

Chris's story

Chris Key - MA Creative Enterprise graduate

When it came to business start-up preparation, the course delivered modules on creating a business plan, developing a cashflow forecast, writing a marketing plan and building a website for the business. These are crucial tools and the help provided by the lecturers through these modules was invaluable. For me, the most useful element of this were the sessions on business planning using the Business Model Canvas. This tool allows you to quickly and effectively work out how viable your business idea is and what would be needed to implement it. These sessions were right at the start of the year, which was perfect for me to validate my idea. It helped me hone in on what I needed to do, who I needed to talk to and the steps required to make my business a reality.

Another crucial element of this part of the course was the need to do market research and plan marketing campaigns for the business. This allowed me to really look into my target market and competitors to find out what I should price the product at, which is one of the hardest things for start-ups to do. Discussions with and support from the course lecturers was, again, extremely helpful to me ensuring that the prices I chose were appropriate.

Alongside the course there are some amazing opportunities that are useful to any business. Solent Futures, the employability and enterprise team at Solent, offer chances to pitch to their business panel for up to £2,000 towards your business. All they ask for is a business plan (which is completed as part of the course) and a 10 minute presentation about the business and what you need the money for. A number of the cohort, including myself, went through this and were successful in receiving money towards our businesses.

As with any course, you really get out of it what you put in, the more you embrace and interact with course mates, lecturers and the opportunities that are on offer in this course, the more you will grow as a business person and see your business grow alongside you. I recommend it to any budding entrepreneur.

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