The new ACM MA or MSc. in Creative Industries Futures (1 year full-time; 2-years part-time)

The Masters has been designed to allow you to graduate with either an arts-based postgraduate degree (MA) or a science-based postgraduate degree (MSc). How you achieve your chosen pathway is a decision taken in consultation with the programme team and your supervisor.

What will I do on the creative Industries Futures Masters programme?

The new ACM Masters in Creative Industries Futures provides you with the creative community that will enable you to articulate your vision for an authentic and sustainable creative career, a commercial or social enterprise or to take a deep dive into an area of interdisciplinary practice that inspires you. ACM’s creative academics and industry professional coaches on the Masters Programme will challenge and support you to map, integrate and focus your creative, technical or entrepreneurial and leadership skills to fuel your career aspirations and determine the field of your applied research. You will be able to draw on the distributed knowledge, intelligence and professional experience that exists within the post-graduate community, ACM academics, industry coaches and their networks to shape your future and act as a trailblazer for others.

middx-logo-sep-2017 The ACM creative community has established a practical and solid creative pedagogy through teaching and learning in games development, creative enterprise and, of course, in music creation, production and performance over the last 28 years. Our aim is to provide you with the essential insight for academic and professional development to Masters’ level and to view the creative industries as a network of networks, in which there are many diverse and exciting connections with opportunities for you to explore.

The Benefits of this Masters Qualification

The Department for Education states that 77% of all working-age postgraduates are in high-skilled employment. Securing a Master’s qualification identifies you as a postgraduate and shows employers that you have the passion, potential, character and commitment required to go the extra mile, excel and lead in your chosen area of work. We’ve seen a huge shift in the kinds of job vacancies arising during and after the pandemic, and The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts that roughly 15% of jobs (that’s 1 in every 7) are likely to need a postgraduate degree by 2022. This Masters programme will give you an opportunity to get deep expertise in your chosen area of study. You will have time to develop a detailed applied research project that will give you analytical and theoretical skills whilst connecting you to the latest critical thinking. Because it is an applied research project you will also get practical experience within a professional context. You’ll become an expert of your craft and build your networks to establish a foothold in the industry, whilst still on programme. Study Options Your Masters can be achieved in one year through full-time study, or alternatively you can study on a part-time basis and use a mix of on-line, blended and face-to-face learning allowing you to balance your studies with work.

The programme aims to:

  • Enable students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the decision-making and problem-solving skills essential to manage a creative industries project from concept to implementation.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply originality, drawing on knowledge in an applied research project which focuses on the interdisciplinary, cross-discipline or discipline specific practice within the programme.
  • Enable students with comprehensive understanding of the techniques for their own applied research as well as how they could further develop it on the doctorate level.
  • Propose and undertake a critical review of the current community challenges informed through relevant knowledge exchange activities and other professional activities.

On completion of your Masters programme you will not only be an industry specialist, you will seek to become an industry leader, influencing the way the industry develops.

Can I work and study at the same time?

Yes. Not only do we we offer both a full-time and part-time study option on the Masters, but even on the full-time study programme, the majority of sessions take place in the evenings, making it easier to balance study alongside work commitments. We recommend that students on the full-time study mode work a maximum of 20 hours per week whilst students studying part-time often choose to manage their studies alongside a full-time job.

What’s the difference between learning as an undergraduate and learning as a postgraduate?

As a postgraduate student you will have an increased level of autonomy about your subject area choice and approach to learning. You will find that sessions focus on critical reflection, group discussion, contextual analysis, application of theories and complex problem-solving. You will still learn skills but these will be more tailored to your individual needs.

I based my Undergraduate Dissertation or Exit Specialism on a particular subject area, but I’d like to spend my Masters programme working on something else. Is that possible?

Yes. Your undergraduate work was your opportunity to explore an area of interest but the Masters is where you go deep into a subject, challenging conventions and  becoming an expert in your area of interest. Students can continue on a trajectory they started at undergraduate level or use the Masters as an opportunity to apply the research and analysis skills learnt on a degree programme to a new area of interest.

What will the dedicated professional industry mentor do for and with me?

Your professional industry mentor is a resource for you to use depending on your needs on programme. During the Ideas into Action module the suite of industry mentors will set tasks based on real-world complex problems for you to collaboratively solve with your peers. This gives a unique insight into their professional world and the challenges they face. Outside of the modules your mentor will be there to discuss your own questions, ideas and theories, sharing their expertise with you. The nature of the professional industry mentors is that they are all currently working on high-impact projects and they will look for opportunities for you to observe, participate and even get work experience on their projects.

Can I choose which area of industry the professional industry mentor comes from?

Yes, your industry mentor will be aligned to your chosen area of study. This will be mapped at the start of the programme so you have an industry mentor relevant to your project, research area and specialist topic of study whilst on programme.

What will the academic supervisor do for and with me?

Your academic supervisor is also an expert within your chosen area of study. ACM is all about industry-connected education and therefore our academic supervisors all have incredible industry credits and experience that they balance with their work in academia. In addition to providing subject specific support, your academic supervisor will be able to advise you on structuring your applied research project, bring in knowledge of the latest critical thinking and areas of research from the wider academic world.

What is the format and structure of the course?

During term 1 you will meet the industry mentors, academic supervisors and wider team. We run several networking events at venues such as Metropolis Studios and we support you in choosing a specialist area to focus on during your studies. You will complete the first module where you map your skills to an existing framework, using this as an opportunity to identify skills gaps. ACM has a huge range of short courses that can be used to upskill in areas where you feel you need more support.

During terms 2 and 3 you will be working on your applied research project. This will be developed with your industry mentor and academic supervisor. You will work in collaborative project groups whilst also working independently and autonomously to further your own individual project, with full support from the ACM staff. In term 2 you will also undertake the Ideas in Action module where your industry mentors set complex problem-solving tasks based on their professional experience. In term 3 you will focus on building your networks, finding your audience and activating your research area for the next step in your career.

What’s the contact time?

This will vary depending on the term but typically you will be in scheduled timetabled sessions for a minimum of 7 hours each week. This is supplemented by additional activities based on your academic and professional needs, along with your independent study and use of ACM facilities and resources to develop and work on your applied research project.

Can I study online?

Yes, there is a distance-learning mode available. Students on this mode will use ACM’s virtual learning environment to participate in sessions, interact with content and submit assessments.

How do I register my interest or start the application process to find out more? Head to our Apply Page to register your interest in our Masters programme, email or call us on 01483 500 841 to find out more.

Course Details


MA/MSc Creative Industries Futures (Full-time / Part-time)

Awarding Body

Middlesex University

Campus Delivery


1 Year full-time
2 Years part-time

September and January starts available.

Entry Requirements

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The programme is delivered either full time over 1 year or part time over 2 years. For further information about studying part time, please contact

The programme structure for full time study is:

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