Trinity and Goldsmiths launch new Masters to drive the creative economy
A new Masters programme aiming to drive the creative economy was launched by Goldsmiths, University of London and Trinity College Dublin.
The programme, which is the first of its kind globally, will integrate entrepreneurship with creative practice, developing new business and creative enterprises within the creative sector.
Trinity College and Goldsmiths signed a strategic partnership earlier this summer, building on complementary strengths in arts, humanities and social sciences at both institutions that specifically enabled the development of the course.
Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, commented: "As an university world-renowned for its creativity, Goldsmiths is perfectly placed to be part of this innovative and exciting programme. We already have a proud tradition of producing exceptional graduates who go onto be entrepreneurs in the creative industries and leaders in their chosen field. This programme will build on the academic excellence of our two institutions to help students acquire skills and knowledge essential for the modern creative economy.”
The new interdisciplinary programme commencing this Autumn will offer courses in Entrepreneurship, Creative Technologies, Drama, Film, Music, Animation, Creative Practice, Art Theory and Curation, and Games Design and Development. Students will be provided with the opportunity to work on creative entrepreneurial ideas under specialist supervision in either Trinity or Goldsmiths.
Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast , commented: "This is an opportunity to develop a globally unique MPhil programme through an innovative partnership between Trinity and Goldsmiths. Trinity and the city of Dublin are strategically placed to benefit from this collaboration. The capital city already has an excellent global reputation for creativity and culture and increasingly in gaming and new media technologies. This will bring together cultural, social and commercial entrepreneurship in a single location in association with the professional and academic expertise of Trinity.”
Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship is an established leader in the area and will be teaching Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial Modelling in Trinity and offering facilities for students of the MPhil to work on their entrepreneurial ideas. There is also an Erasmus arrangement between both universities to facilitate this exchange.
A new Incubation Space is being launched for students of the course in the Trinity Enterprise Centre on the Creative Corridor, extending along Pearse Street between the main Trinity Campus and the start-up enterprises and spaces on Barrow Street.
"This programme is designed to allow students to continue to innovate, but also to provide them with the appropriate business and entrepreneurial skills to commercialise their creative and cultural practices and knowledge," explained course director, Professor Marie Redmond.
At the launch of the MPhil co-founder of Riverdance, Moya Doherty, who spoke on Irish creative entrepreneurship welcomed the pioneering course and its potential impact for the creative economy in Ireland: "This is a very positive development, bringing together professional, academic and entrepreneurship expertise that will benefit all of us who work in the industry.”
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