Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (January 2020)

Trinity College Dublin ( DPCIA-CCEN-1P01)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Tangent Trinity's Ideas Workspace

General Information

Gobnait O'Shaughnessy





Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace,
Trinity Business School,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2



Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

(This course is now in progress and at full capacity)

Do you want to create a sustainable career and future for yourself in the vibrant creative and cultural industries? Have you got a great idea and you want the tools to help to make it a reality? Do you want your idea to have an impact? Are you interested in harnessing your creative or cultural talents and learning more about how to use them for an entrepreneurial venture?

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (Level 9) is to empower students to translate creative and cultural ideas into impactful products, services and policies for cultural, commercial and social benefit. These students will thus be enabled to forge sustainable creative and cultural futures for themselves, and society at large.

On this programme, students from a wide range of creative and cultural backgrounds will explore the fundamentals of design thinking, idea development, opportunity generation and venture planning tools, and how these help bring innovative products and services to market. Students will learn to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach to problem solving and addressing the creative and cultural challenges, nationally and internationally. This course seeks to create an environment in which innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial discovery are facilitated and encouraged, along with the development of creative collaborations and professional networks. We welcome students from all disciplines to bring their ideas to the Trinity Tangent table.

Know your creativity is capital!

This part-time programme will run from January to May 2020 (20 Weeks).


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

*Assess skills and abilities to identify a relevant career or entrepreneurial pathways within the creative and cultural sectors.

* Work effectively in a team or individually within a creative context.

* Apply creative problem-solving skills to challenges identified relating to an industry-relevant industry project.

* Communicate and interact with multiple stakeholders and establish professional, multidisciplinary networks.

*Evaluate the process involved in bringing an idea through to implementation.

Entry Requirements

Recognised NFQ Level 8 Degree.
(Candidates who hold degrees an institution outside Ireland must also supply a Level 8 comparability statement from NARIC. ).

Applications are encouraged from all disciplines.

Recognition of Prior Learning: We will also consider those with lower qualifications plus significant work experience. These candidates will be reviewed under the Trinity Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Long Description

The Culture 2025 Framework Policy adopts the fundamental premise that culture adds value to our lives. Our cultural and creative skills go towards making Ireland's unique contribution to culture on a global stage. Furthermore, our culture is now much more varied than ever, reflecting our diversity as a society. The report notes the value of culture as a means of fostering a more sustainable future for Ireland. Our culture also helps to generate tourism and creates wider business benefits for the whole island, activity which can be called creative entrepreneurship. Although creativity is seen as essential to the future economic, social and cultural well-being of the country, many artists and creative workers struggle to make a living. Culture 2025 makes a priority of helping more people pursue sustainable careers in the cultural and heritage sectors.

The creative and cultural industries are broadly defined sectors that incorporate a range of different sub-sectors and cross a number of disciplinary boundaries. They include graphic designers, artists, craft artisans, filmmakers, performers, writers, composers, animators and game creators. Creative industries include but are not limited to design, heritage, visual and performing arts, advertising, publishing, film, television, game design and digital content creators.

Graduates from these courses will emerge comprehensive understanding of their relevant disciplines. Many will work for themselves but perhaps with less knowledge and/or exposure to entrepreneurship

This course aims to fuse entrepreneurship with creative and cultural practice so that graduates in creative and cultural fields can be equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to be self-employed or to pioneer innovation and enterprise for the organisations in which they are employed .

The aspiring creative/cultural entrepreneur will acquire key skills to advance their practice; This includes financial management, legal copyright, self-employment, communications, social media and network development.Career coaching, CV building and interview preparation will also be a feature of this programme.

This programme will explore entrepreneurship in the context of arts and cultural organisations, value creation and how to quantify this in the creative industries. Students will gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by contemporary social entrepreneurs. Students will discuss the complex relationship between commercial and social value and how they interact. Through analysis of creative and cultural enterprises in the public sector and private sector, students will learn through interaction, collaboration and analysis how creative creative ideas can evolve into sustainable ventures.

Whether a freelancer, a micro-enterprise or a SME, a common requirement for all creative enterprises is the need to find sustainable revenue streams to support livelihoods and facilitate creative endeavour. The Postgraduate Certificate will enable the development of entrepreneurship skills by teaching participants to translate ideas into sustainable businesses, products or services for economic and cultural benefit.

The Postgraduate Certificate will provide the key competencies and transversal skills for sustainable employment or self-employment in the cultural and creative sectors. It aims to upskill individuals to meet the skills needs identified by Culture 2025, by providing training that fosters innovation, ambition and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors in Ireland, and thus ensuring sustainable, flourishing futures for those working in these sectors.

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop the personal qualities of communication, leadership, adaptability, and flexibility within a team. They develop an entrepreneurial and/or intrapreneurial mindset, maximising their creative potential in current or future roles .

The programme is underpinned by a range of career supports from Trinity for professional and personal development. Students are fully registered as postgraduates in Trinity College Dublin and have access to the Library and other facilities such as the gym, the dining hall, the health centre, and public lectures.

Timetable Info

The part-time course will take place in two evenings a week for 20 weeks from 6-9pm. The course is scheduled to start the week beginning 20th January 2019.
There will be a number of weekend workshop days also as part of the timetable.

Students on this course will take 3 x 10ECTS modules to achieve the Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate.

Delivery Location

Students will attend the in-class sessions at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace on the main campus and online delivery will be via our Blackboard Learning system.

Delivery Notes

The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship is a part-time blended programme combining online and classroom-based learning.

A strong focus is placed on experiential and action-focused learning on the programme, which is taught via a combination of masterclasses, workshops and project-based learning..

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Gobnait O'Shaughnessy


Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace,
Trinity Business School,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2




RPL Information

Application Procedures


Application procedures: ONLINE ONLY

In order for your application be considered to this programme, applicants must upload ALL relevant documents in the following five categories:

1. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)

2. Letter of motivation (approx 300 words)

3. Copy of completed Level 8 degree parchment /official transcript. For those with international qualifications please refer to NARIC regarding equivalence to a level 8 qualification.

4. Proof of HEA Springboard eligibility: please refer to - Queries regarding eligibility should be directed in the first instance to HEA Springboard.

5. Two written references, academic or professional under the following headings: 1. What capacity do you know the individual 2. Can you recommend their suitability for the course Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. References should be on headed paper with relevant contact details.

All documentation must be submitted via the Springboard application portal.


Due to the high volume of applications for this programme, we regret that we are unable to provide detailed feedback on a per applicant basis.


Applicants are assessed in the first instance on the information provided on the Springboard Application Portal – no additional documentation will be passed to the selection committee for consideration.

Following consideration of all applications the selection committee will make one of the following recommendations:

- That you are to be called for interview.
- That you are to be offered a place.
- That your name is to be put on a waiting list.
- That your application has been unsuccessful.

Due to the time required to assess each application, it may be several weeks from the time of application before you are notified of a decision.

Due to a high volume of applications, we regret that feedback cannot be provided to individuals.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application through their Springboard portal. Applicants who are offered a place will be requested to confirm their acceptance in line with the Springboard regulations to secure the place.

Please be aware that the Springboard application process is a competitive one and that interviews and/or offers are not guaranteed.

Please note, upon registration students are required to pay the €8 USI levy.

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (Level 9)