Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Creative Lives and Cultural Industries (Creative Industries and Cultural Policy - Core 2) CCPR5002

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to orientate students towards the realities of working within the contemporary cultural industries. It will combine current academic perspectives with the experience of relevant guest speakers, drawn from across the sector, to provide a comprehensive overview of and critical insight into the evolving practices and dynamics of cultural production, and will address the particular challenges and opportunities facing those engaged in the creative sector.


Weekly lectures (2 hours) and seminars (1 hour)

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





Two formally assessed 3000 word written assignments, each worth 40%, developing different writing skills - one submitted mid-semester and the second at the end of the semester: one 3000 word academic essay assignment on topical and/or theoretical aspects of cultural production practice; one 3000 word industry orientated report with critical reflection.

One short individual presentation (10 minutes) worth 20%. 

Course Aims

■ To provide a comprehensive overview of and critical insight into the contemporary issues affecting the cultural and creative sector.

■ To develop student knowledge and understanding of the evolving practices and dynamics of cultural production, in both local and global contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

■  evaluate emerging models for doing business and creating culture within the creative sector;

■ explain and analyse market conditions, policy factors and labour relations affecting the development of creative and cultural enterprises;

■ critically discuss the opportunities, challenges and ethical issues presented by the contemporary cultural and creative sector.

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.