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Master of Arts in (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries

University of Bolton University of Bolton, UK

Intake Sep 2023

Jan 2023, Sep 2022

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GBP 12950

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12 months


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Program Overview

If you've been struggling to find a postgraduate course that exactly matches your ambition then the University of Bolton's MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice could be the answer. Our expert team will work with you to devise a series of projects that enable you to develop your creative practice. You may choose to focus on a single discipline, such as Animation, Illustration, Art and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, Performance, Dance, Photography, Textiles and Surface Design, Fashion, Creative Writing, Live Events Design and Production, or an associated subject. Alternatively, you may 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.

We'll support you to develop 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. Alongside this, you'll undertake two taught modules. The first investigates current contexts for creative practice and offers you the necessary skills to undertake research at an advanced level. The second invites you to place your practice within a professional landscape to help you gain the skills to develop your industry profile and ensure your work reaches your desired audience.

With a strong theoretical underpinning, this MA is designed to develop your skills in research, critique and synthesis. We’ll guide you as you learn to work with self?direction and originality and develop your analytical and critical competencies. This combination of academic, creative and professional skills development helps to prepare you for a career in the creative industries, as well as providing a sound basis for doctoral-level study.

The MA is designed to enable you to develop a considerable body of work and a plan for its future development beyond the course. This may take the form of applications for funding, exhibitions, publication, or small?scale tours.

Our industry?engaged staff are practising artists, writers and performers. You'll benefit from our strong industry links with a range of arts and cultural organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West region, which offers opportunities for industry masterclasses and lectures, joint projects and networking.


  • You can develop your unique body of creative practice under the supervision of our experienced teaching team.
  • We'll support you to prepare your creative practice for industry via funding applications, business plans, exhibitions, publication or small?scale tours.
  • You'll be able to make use of specialist facilities across the University of Bolton's Schools of the Arts and Creative Technologies to develop high-quality creative outputs.
  • We'll help you learn about tax self-assessment, invoicing, intellectual property and risk assessments, as well as offer business start-up sessions to prepare you to take advantage of opportunities for enterprise development.

Key Features

  • Teaching and supervision are delivered by our dedicated team of experienced and well-qualified staff.
  • The programme provides opportunities to engage with and learn from industry professionals, including visiting speakers and practitioners.
  • 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, publishers, manufacturers and companies specialising in creative art and design practice.
  • Your final master’s degree title will reflect your specialist areas of practice (please note that the final award title will be selected in agreement with the University within the parameters specified in programme documentation). For example, your title might be something like MA Animation via Creative Practice, MA Dance via Creative Practice or MA Fashion Photography via Creative Practice.

Additional Information

Program Level Master's Degree

Application Processing Days 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted for this program, student must have a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the creative discipline(s) you wish to study during this course or five years’ relevant work experience. 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 wish to gain admission on the basis of five years’ relevant work experience, 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 could be a current or former lecturer or an employer who has 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.
    • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.

    6 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
    80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    50 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    100 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
    55% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    12000 Per year

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    Student Visa

    When Should I Apply?

    4 to 6 months

    Bank Account?

    No Need

    Duration of visa

    Course Duration + 3 Months

    Time to Wait for Visa

    35 Days



    How can you apply

    Cost and Expenses


    Visa Fee

    Minimum Funds

    833 CAD, 917 CAD

    Other Expenses

    Medical Fee and more

    Examination and Skills

    Medical Examination


    Language Skills


    Work Permit

    Students who wish to work in Canada require a work permit to do so. A student in Canada can work part-time during the course of his studies and full-time during holidays and semester breaks and post the completion of their course/program.

    Work Permit

    Till valid study visa

    Working Hours

    20 hours/week

    Documents Required

    Study Permit

    Social Insurance Number

    Study Permit

    Post Graduate Work Permit

    The Post- Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows you to work for three years in Canada if you have completed a two years degree or more.

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    When to Apply

    First 3 months

    How long does it take?

    90 Days


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