What will I learn?

This innovative and dynamic MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries offers you the opportunity to develop key employability skills and extend your expertise in your chosen field of creative practice. Combining focused study in your chosen specialism with essential training to develop the high-level transferable skills needed for career success, this course allows you to become the master of your own career development.

Career Opportunities

The MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries offers named postgraduate routes for practice‐based areas including Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Games Art and Development, Live Events, Media, Performing Arts, Special Effects, Theatre, and Visual Effects. Additionally, it’s an excellent option if you’ve been working in a relevant field gaining degree-level knowledge through experience and self-study rather than formal education. This master’s aims to expand the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained through your undergraduate or professional work and pave the way for you to achieve your ambitions.

The creative industries are among the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy (Creative Industries Federation, 2019). As a region, Greater Manchester has over 500 cultural organisations, and is the largest digital, tech and creative cluster outside of London. This master’s degree aims to prepare you effectively for employment in the creative industries so that you’re best able to exploit the varied opportunities offered by this exciting and innovative sector.

As well as building your creative practice, we’ll support you to identify and develop the personal and business skills that are most highly-valued in your chosen area of the creative industries. Not only will this help you get established early on in your career, but you’ll also be primed to take on leadership roles and you’ll have the lifelong learning, problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to adapt to the challenges you face throughout your career.

Which department am I in?

Animation and Illustration

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£12,450.00 (12,82,933) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

20 September 2021


University of Bolton

Deane Road,


BL3 5AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You should have at least a lower second class (2.2) honours 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 English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). TOEFL with an overall score of 79 for Postgraduate including 17 in Listening, 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 18 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.