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Project Management for Creative Practitioners MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2020
Part time 2 years September 2020

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, 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:

  • learning by doing/making/producing: achieved through the development of a portfolio of projects, which culminate in a substantive major project;
  • agile project management knowledge and skills tailored to creative practice contexts - leading to a professional qualification in Agile Project Management;
  • negotiation skills, building and executing strategies for funding and marketing;
  • team building and collaborative practice / co-creation;
  • resource management and, budget estimation & allocation;
  • assessing and managing risk with an emphasis on learning how to respond to and embrace dynamic environments;
  • freelancing and enterprise strategy;
  • legal knowledge and strategy such as, intellectual property rights management; contract negotiation/writing; dealing with confidence; employee and freelancer rights; data-privacy management; and
  • developing a pragmatic understanding of the political, social and economic contexts of project management for creative practice.


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

Course structure

The course is multi-disciplinary and very practical; you'll study with creative professionals and practitioners from across the art and design economy. Throughout your studies, the emphasis is on learning by doing/making/producing: you'll develop a portfolio, culminating with a substantive major project. You'll develop your project management skills relevant to creative practice, leading to a professional qualification in Agile Project Management.

Also incorporated in the curriculum are general transferable skills including team building, collaborative practice, resource management, risk assessment, legal strategy and budget management.

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.


  • This module examines and covers the key methods and approaches of project management such as agile, scrum, waterfall, and critical path analysis. It will set out the stages of project management, how projects are established and governed and the fundamental principles of management and control such as exception based reporting, the staged organisation of progress and task completion and measurement processes. The different approaches to project management will be explored and the principle of tailoring project management to suit different contexts will be examined. This module will include AgilePM training delivered by a specialist trainer and the award of AgilePM Practitioner level certification on successful completion.

  • This module is based on the provocation that people are one of the key challenges when managing projects. Understanding and appreciating the complexity of people is fundamental to successful project management, their unpredictability, differing agendas, values and attitudes to work and notions of quality and purpose make people a challenging resource within the scope of project management. This is especially the case when managing people with creative sensibilities and identities built on notions of creative expression. The module will cover different sources of motivation, leadership and the notion of super-collaborators, and include the study of tasks such as establishing project teams, describing roles and conferring responsibilities. The skills developed during the module will include active 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, the stage-gate process, different options for project management software, business case analysis and formation, strategy, quality and legal assurance management. The module includes use of project management simulation software that gives students experience of the resourcing of projects and provides performance data to use when evaluating a project's completion.

  • This module builds an effective, practical knowledge of the principles and best practices needed for a professional and ethical, freelance creative career. Students will learn how to answer a commercial brief, how to interact with a client, deliver a creative outcome and be remunerated for that work. An important part of the module is to create a working appreciation of how technology effects, shapes and can enhance their creative career. The module aims to build a self-directed working appreciation of the intellectual property and the wider legal and financial requirements needed to successfully operate as a freelancer, in a chosen field and geographical (country/region) area. Assessments and tasks throughout the module are designed to aid the launch of the student's individual commercial practice, by producing a targeted, industry relevant digital presence (website/blog), and the active forward planning of their freelance creative career.

  • This module forms the capstone of the degree offering students a real-life opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed in the previous modules. The module is based around a student-directed and managed project based exercise, involving the design, development and delivery of a portfolio of projects. The students will each design and project manage an aspect of the programme (a sub-project) such as organising the delivery of a launch event, creating the social media and online platform, and organising exhibition displays. The programme will be based on a social issue of their choice and students will build a business case, network with local stakeholders and design and organise fundraising to support the event. The physical programme events will be held at a suitable space in Kingston.


Professional placement year

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates professional placement learning, following completion of 120 credits. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific professional skills in their chosen subject. You may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for their subsequent major project module, and would be expected to use it to help inform their decisions about future careers.


Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

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.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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Contact our admissions team

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020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.


This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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