MA Creative and Cultural Leadership *

Entry year
Course code
Creative and Cultural Industries
City Campus
One year
Part-time block release
Programme leader
Adrienne Noonan

* subject to final UWE Bristol approval

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 16 October 2020


Developed in collaboration with external partners, this distinctive interdisciplinary MA programme combines business and leadership with the arts, creative and cultural industries. Learn by doing through a practical, practice-led approach, with an emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusivity.

MA Creative and Cultural Leadership is a flexible work-based course, designed for transformative emerging leaders and influencers committed to equity, diversity and inclusivity in the arts, heritage, cultural and creative industries. As a mid to senior creative, cultural or heritage professional, you'll develop your transformational leadership potential.

As you tackle complex business challenges, you'll become equipped to meet current sector demands. You'll learn new, authentic approaches to collaborative leadership development during rapidly changing times, with an emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Why study this course?

Designed in collaboration with Bristol Business School and UWE Bristol's Creative Economy Unit, the course offers you interdisciplinary expertise in Creative and Cultural Industries and Business. You'll develop practical, work-based learning aimed to address sector gaps, such as leadership and management, business development and enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Increasingly, creative and cultural leadership takes place outside larger arts organisations, such as museums, galleries, libraries and archives, as well as smaller organisations. These include independent agencies, studios, production companies, performance groups, theatre companies, festivals and social enterprises.

Flexible delivery and inclusive design

This 12-month course combines online learning with in-person teaching blocks, so you can study around your work and other commitments. So if you're employed during your course, you'll more easily be able to book blocks of time from work.

The course is designed for graduates across a range of disciplines, from business and management to arts and humanities. Usually applicants will have an undergraduate degree, but applicants with other qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply.



You'll develop integrated leadership expertise and practical skills across a range of areas:

  • business development strategy
  • coaching and mentoring
  • creative economy networks
  • enterprise
  • finance and fundraising
  • practice-into-policy
  • research methods
  • marketing/communication.

UWE Bristol continually responds to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught online through our Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE), so you can work at your own pace. You'll also be expected to undertake a substantial amount of independent study. Our external partners guide the course content and set live briefs, sandpits and "wicked problems" to support your learning.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This flexible, full-time 12-month course, blends work-based and online learning. You'll study four in-person teaching blocks, each lasting three to four days, enabling you to study around other commitments.


Throughout this course, you'll be assessed on a mix of your portfolio work, presentations, group work, research and reflection, reports and cases studies. There are no exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

Strong industry and interdisciplinary sector links

Explore opportunities for skills development, workforce diversity and building networks through applied learning. The course is co-delivered in collaboration with external partners such as Arnolfini, Watershed, Spike Island, BBC, Aardman, Channel 4, Bottleyard Studios, Bristol Cultural, and independents. These connections will link you with some of the city's most influential creative and cultural organisations within these thriving sectors.


Careers / Further study

As a successful graduate, you'll have the research and planning skills needed to undertake transformational leadership roles across a range of industries. You'll be highly analytical and strategic, with advanced communication skills. This will help you articulate and implement your knowledge of leadership in the creative and cultural sectors.

If you study the course alongside your current employment, the skills and qualification you gain will help you improve your performance in your current role. You'll also improve your employability, enhancing your future prospects too.

The innovative combination of practice and research in this MA means you'll be well equipped to pursue careers in both industry and academia. The critical skills you build on the course could act as an effective bridge to a DPhil or PhD.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated students with skills and experience in creative, cultural, arts and heritage sectors.

Usually applicants will have an undergraduate degree but applicants with other qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Please note, this course is not available to students who require a Student Visa.

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