Have ambitions to pursue a career in the fast-growing creative sector? Our MA Creative Enterprise: Communication Design programme combines leading academic expertise from the School of Arts and Communication Design and Henley Business School.
This course aims to enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress in entrepreneurial careers within start-ups and creative firms.
Develop strategic and creative thinking skills and learn to apply design thinking to business
Major themes include information design, service design, user experience and brand identity
Suited to those who wish to advance their career in the design industry
Modules in design practice, entrepreneurship, management and intellectual property
Access to dedicated studio facilities
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: A good honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or design-relevant subject (whether you are an experienced designer or newly graduated), or for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. We may ask for material evidence, for example, a piece of written work and a design portfolio.
What will you study?
The MA Creative Enterprise Communication Design Pathway synthesizes communication design practice, theory and research. On this pathway, you'll explore professional practice alongside developing your understanding of opportunities and challenges for the role of design in the creative sector.
Major themes on the Communication Design pathway include information design, user experience, wayfinding, and other user-centred design practices. You will work closely with global experts and established industry contributors to develop your design skills within a framework that explores informed originality: this brings together problem-solving for contemporary applications, contextual knowledge, sound professional judgement, and a reflective attitude to design exploration.
The course culminates in an extended research project, normally a dissertation, in which you can explore an aspect of design through the lens of creative enterprise.
You will also undertake modules in management and entrepreneurship, as well as an optional module in either financing or law.
Sample modules include:
Management in creative and cultural organisations
Entrepreneurial management for creative artists
Financing for entrepreneurship
Intellectual property law: copyright and designs
Intellectual property law: patents and trademarks
International and comparative intellectual property law
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,270 per year
New international students: £17,170 per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2020, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
Students studying creative enterprise gain the skills and expertise to progress in entrepreneurial careers, either pursuing start-up opportunities on their own or taking leading managerial roles in creative firms.