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Project Management for Creative Practitioners MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2018
Part time 2 years September 2018

Choose Kingston's Project Management for Creative Practitioners MSc

This course builds on Kingston School of Art's international reputation for excellence in creative arts and design. Its purpose is to help creative practitioners develop the skills and knowledge required to operate as a project manager within creative projects.

Creative careers are varied, full of change and frequently project based. Developing the skills to lead and design projects is therefore a huge advantage to art and design graduates and can provide a boost for mid-career creative practitioners seeking to develop their commercial and operational skills and understanding but needing to contextiualise their learning within the collaborative character of creative projects.

In addition to the award of an MSc Project Management, students will study for the internationally accredited AgilePM Practitioner certificate, which is accredited by the Agile Project Management Group. This widely recognised certification will further enhance the career prospects of the courses graduates. This degree is taught in the Department of Creative and Cultural Industries, part of Kingston School of Art.

What will you study?

The course is multi-disciplinary insofar as the student body comprises creative professionals and practitioners from across the art and design economy. Project management will be taught through tailored provision of content with an emphasis on:

  • creative responses to working in differently scaled organisations;
  • negotiating with non-creatives, building and executing strategies for funding and marketing, creating business strategies in a cultural economy;
  • team building;
  • resource management;
  • risk assessment;
  • professional writing; and
  • developing a pragmatic understanding of the political, social and economic relationships between public, private, commercial and philanthropic organisations.


Assessment is carried out through a blend of written reports, presentations, multiple-choice exams, roleplays, simulations, and live project blogs.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • Key methods and approaches for project management such as Agile, scrum, waterfall, critical path analysis. This module will include AgilePM training delivered by a specialist trainer and the award of AgilePM Practitioner level certification.

  • This module tackles the practices of leadership, team building, motivation collaboration and communication. As well as a theoretical understanding of this important aspect of project management it will include skills development in critical areas such as listening, negotiation and the presentation of ideas.

  • This module develops knowledge and understanding of the resourcing of projects. It will consider aspects of project budgeting, the management of a risk register, types and requirements for governance, stage-gate process, Project management software, business case analysis and formation, communication management, strategy, quality and legal assurance management. The module includes use of project management simulation software that gives students experience of the resourcing of projects.

  • This blended learning module prepares and extends students understanding and ability to work successfully as a freelancer, supplying projects and organisations. It covers self-promotion and the development of a digital presence, marketing, work-flow management, pricing, finance for freelancers, presentation and pitching skills.

  • Design and project manage an event programme based on a social issue of their choice. Tasks include concepting, art direction, fundraising, promoting, organising the delivery of launch event, displays and other relevant outputs.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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