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Course summary

This programme offers you the opportunity to be part of a creative community whilst on your journey of personal, professional and academic development towards your own creative industries future. Benchmark your current sector knowledge, your technical and transferable skills gained either through your undergraduate programme or in your early to mid-career. During this intensive critical review, identify and close skills gaps with our professional and academic mentors and your masters peer group. With this new insight into your values, capabilities, strengths, and interests, you will be supported to investigate creative research opportunities that demonstrate leadership in an applied project. This aims to develop your own expertise in at the forefront of creative practice or enterprise, particularly in interdisciplinary contexts. This is less likely to be a theoretical thesis and more likely to be a proof of concept, a collaborative tool, a process innovation, or a minimum viable product. We will enable you to:

  • Put your ‘ideas into action’ through our rapid collaborative, cross-disciplinary problem solving ‘gym’ in which you and your peers apply creative competences to propose solutions.
  • Effectively communicate value and impact to potential stakeholders from diverse work environments.
  • Familiarise yourself with professional networking with academic researchers and professional practitioners in creative industries contexts, such as our very own, Metropolis Studio.
  • Articulate, influence, and develop the jobs of the future through effective collaboration, critical and creative thinking and the active listening, agility, and empathy required to solve complex problems in any industry.
  • Create or join a community of practice as lifelong learners.
  • We welcome recent graduates, post-experience graduates and current professionals with at least 3 years industry experience.


  • 701 Professional Practice Frameworks
  • 702 Creative Applied Research
  • 703 Ideas Into Action
- 704 Making Connections and Building a Community

Assessment method

ACM uses real-world activity, learning and problem scenarios for all of its assessments. Our ethos is to embody learning-by-doing and students are therefore assessed through the demonstration of this learning by industry professionals who bring the latest knowledge, highest calibre of creativity and their entire experience into the classroom. Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are often given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. Showcasing work to industry is inbuilt into the assessment process thanks to our unique link with Metropolis Studios and students will receive feedback from industry experts, supporting their professional and career development in addition to their academia. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of our Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and video form, as well as written.

How to apply

International applicants

If you are applying as an international applicant, and do not hold UK Citizenship or Settled/Pre-Settled status in the UK, We can offer you this Masters course as an Online study option! For more information about eligibility, head to

Entry requirements

The course has been designed to accommodate flexibility in educational engagement. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Your educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree (named above); Possession of equivalent qualifications ; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. a) You are a certified graduate with an Honours Degree e.g. BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) with a 2:2 classification or above gained in a Higher Education programme equivalent to a UK degree OR b) you have worked in the creative industries as a professional for at least 3 years in the country in which you are a resident or any other country and have evidence of the work that you carried out. AND c) you have the funds to pay for the programme on a year or term by term basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10400 Whole course
Scotland £10400 Whole course
Wales £10400 Whole course

Additional fee information

Your fee liability is based on the Annual Tuition Fee for your entire year of study, regardless of the instalment plan you may have chosen. Students can apply for government funding towards annual Tuition fees. Payments of any fee loan is made to you and it will be your responsibility to pay the tuition fee to ACM. Students will only need to make personal contributions towards tuition where a fee loan has not been approved, does not cover the full level of tuition or where a fee waiver has not been approved to cover the difference in fee loan and overall annual fee. Find out more information and apply at

Sponsorship information


Creative Industries Futures (Composition & Songwriting) at ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) - UCAS