Masters in Creative Practice

Take your creative skills to the next level with our MA Creative Practice. The Creative industry continues to grow in the UK, adding new posts at twice the rate of the rest of the economy. This degree will help to hone your creative skills to become part of the growing and rewarding creative industry.


The Masters in Creative Practice is a practice-led modular programme designed for creative graduates from a range of disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills.

On this programme you will develop specialist practical skills while refining your practice and enhancing your employability skills. You’ll build a professional creative network to support your career in the Creative industry.

You are supported throughout the programme to critically engage with your creative practice and to refine your creative identity. You will develop your ability to attain work as a creative freelancer, to work for creative agencies and employers, or to progress to further study.

We welcome applications from a range of creative disciplines including Art, Graphic Design, Film, Make-up and Photography. The programme is designed for students with strong technical skills in their specialist practice, but you will work in a multidisciplinary environment, enhancing the potential for cross-subject work and reflecting the collaborative nature of the creative industry.

This course is validated by The Open University

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£7,950 full time (per academic year); £3,975 part time (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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Quarry Hill Campus (offered on a full and part time basis) or Harrogate College (offered on a part time basis only)

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Start Date

18th September 2023

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1 year full-time | 2 years part-time

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Course Code


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Study Mode

Full-time | Part-time

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Set in the HE Creative Arts block at Quarry Hill Campus, is a working Art Gallery. BLANK_ is a project space with an accompanying publication that showcases new contemporary creative practice in Leeds. There are plenty of opportunities for students to be involved, including assisting artists and technicians with installation, open events and invigilation. 

Find out more about BLANK_ here https://www.blank.org.uk/

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Modules may include:

Exploratory Research Practices (30 credits) – The Exploratory Research Practices Module invites students to critically engage with their own creative practice and to situate their work within the creative and cultural industries. In this module students will consider the relationship between their creative practice, critical debate and other contemporary practitioners to demonstrate the breadth of practical investigations.

Industry Project (30 credits) – Students will have the opportunity to develop a rigorous understanding of current issues or problems within a given industry context by working on a live brief with a company/employer. They will have the opportunity to experience the complexities of working as part of a creative team whilst also engaging with the focus and priorities of industry professionals, companies or employers.

Contemporary Cultural Studies (30 credits)  – Contemporary Cultural Studies is a forward-thinking module that provides graduates with the opportunity to position themselves, and their practice, within contemporary culture. Students will be encouraged to make creative connections between contemporary culture, its historical foundations, conflicts, and contingencies, allowing students to develop projects vertically and laterally across and between traditional subject boundaries.

Collaborative Practice (30 credits)  – Collaborative practice within creative arts is wide and diverse in its approaches and there is a broad range of creative and professional opportunities within the creative fields. This module allows students to strengthen their collaborative skills in reaching an agreed creative outcome. The Collaborative Practice Module invites students to critically engage with their own creative practice and to navigate their work within other areas of the creative industries.

Major Project (60 credits) – Whether working in a cultural or commercial context, as a creative practitioner you will create large scale projects that need to engage an audience. The Major Project module provides the opportunity for students to create an ambitious extended practical project for public display that reflects the students’ individual creative practice, critical concerns, and professional identity.