Introduction to Creative Industries CCA1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers an introduction to the creative industries and provides an overview of the stakeholders, organisations and institutions that influence and operate within these. It situates creative work and practices in the contexts of regional, national and international policy frameworks, and examines how creative products and projects are imagined, funded, created, circulated and received.


Lectures: Monday 12:00 & Thursday at 12:00. 20 x 1 hr lectures over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Seminars: 10 x 1 hr over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (1500 words) - 40%

Critical Report (2000 words) - 50%

Blog post (500 words) - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce principal debates within the cultural and creative industries.

■ encourage an understanding of the conditions that shape creative production, including technological, policy, markets, socio-cultural and economic factors.

■ develop critical skills in assessing the contemporary operations of the creative industries.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise key debates and theoretical approaches relevant to an understanding of the creative industries, allowing for a baseline understanding of what the term 'creative industries' encompasses

■ analyse and construct arguments about the role of the creative in societies with appropriate and critical use of concepts, theories and evidence.

■ evaluate explanations of creative processes relevant to creative industries, derived from different theoretical perspectives.

■ distinguish problems in contemporary creative industry practice and evaluate the suggested remedies.

■ formulate arguments, orally and in writing, making use of academic conventions of presentation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.