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Course summary

This course will teach you how to realise your ideas in the creative industries. MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries will help you become a problem-finder and change-maker. You will apply your imagination and question existing assumptions in the creative disciplines. This course is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme. MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries will encourage you to use research as a creative tool, with the goal of asking better questions. Rather than discipline-related skills and processes, the course focuses on developing student-specific interventions, which can be tested and developed through real-world applications. These research topics vary greatly and are dictated by your skills and interests. Students studying MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries have previously used the course as an opportunity to develop creative entrepreneurship projects – from establishing new start-ups to working with creative-sector organisations. The course foregrounds iterative testing, entrepreneurship and stakeholder engagement. It also adopts a critical stance towards cultural, economic, social and political inquiry, using discourses taken from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, critical theory, management theory, social enterprise, performance and technology among others. About Central Saint Martins Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college which brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof. It is known for breaking new ground and asking difficult questions. Across nine programmes of study, the College champions the power of imagination, curiosity, diligence, ambition and risk-taking. It challenges the cores of its disciplines, encouraging collision and exchange across boundaries to create unexpected outcomes. It aspires to give students the confidence to unearth ideas and formations that might provoke and disturb accepted norms. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing. Situated in King’s Cross, Central Saint Martins sits at the heart of a dynamic part of London: Google, The Guardian, Tom Dixon, Universal Music, Camden Council and many others are both neighbours and partners. Students are empowered by the College’s world-class teaching, technical and support staff as well as inspired by their individual practices and industry experience. Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively. Courses sit within nine programmes: Access and Progression to Higher Education; Art; Culture and Enterprise; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery, Textiles and Materials; Performance; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; and Spatial Practices.


Modules include: Imagination; application.

Assessment method

Assessment requires both units to be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from the mark for unit 2 only.

Entry requirements

Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or 3 years relevant professional experience; for the part-time mode students need to be working in a design-related profession; their research interests, professional experience and personal goals are more important than the quality of their portfolio; English language requirement: all classes are conducted in English; if English is not their 1st language, strongly recommend students send us an English language test score together with their application to prove their level of proficiency; if students have booked a test or are awaiting their results, please clearly indicate this on an application form; when students have received their test score, please send it to us immediately; the standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent; applicants who need a tier 4 general student visa should check the visa and immigration page which provides important information about UK border agency (UKBA) requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6650 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6650 Year 1
Scotland £6650 Year 1
Wales £6650 Year 1
Channel Islands £6650 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6650 Year 1
EU £16680 Year 1
International £16680 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Applied Imagination at University of the Arts London - UCAS