Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (September 2020 Galway)

Trinity College Dublin ( DPCIA-CCEN-1P02G)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Tangent Trinity's Ideas Workspace

General Information

Jane Flanagan



086 0320487


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


Student Recruitment Officer

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Do you want to create a sustainable career and future for yourself in the vibrant creative and cultural industries? Do you have 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 contribute to the culture and creativity of 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 September 2020 to March 2021. Due to government guidance and Trinity directives on social distancing, this course will be delivered online.

The closing date for RPL applicants is 13th August 2020.
The closing date for those in receipt of a Level 8 Honours degree (180 ECTS) is 20th August 2020.


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 from an institution outside Ireland must also supply a Level 8 comparability statement from NARIC.

Applications are encouraged from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for application for RPL applicants is the 13/08/2020. No late applications will be considered..

Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Interest
Copy of Level 8 Honours degree (180 ECTS) (where applicable)
Eligibility category (e.g. Returners, Employed/Unemployed, Formerly self employed)
Reference 1 (Academic)
Reference 2 (Professional)

Long Description

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 with a comprehensive understanding of their relevant disciplines. Many may currently 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 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.

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship is a part-time blended programme providing participants with an accessible and flexibility approach to learning while having the ability to keep working or to dedicate themselves to building their own business full-time. This is an ideal opportunity to discover your creative value and develop a sustainable career while pursuing a postgraduate certificate.
You will have access to leading academics and to a world class creative and cultural community at the university, which features regular industry-leading guest talks, masterclasses, and events.

Career Opportunities

This programme aims to equip graduates with the skills necessary to seriously consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Such skills are increasingly recognised as extremely valuable to organisations, in much the same way they are considered essential for start-ups.

The programme is underpinned by a range of career supports from Trinity for professional and personal development.

Timetable Info

The part-time course will take place in two evenings a week for 24 weeks from 6-9pm. The course is scheduled to start the week beginning 28th September 2020.
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

Blended delivery.

This course will be delivered online using Blackboard, Trinity's Virtual Learning System. This is in line with government guidelines and Trinity directives regarding social distancing, We will continue to review government guidelines and restrictions and notify all students if this changes.
Throughout the course, 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.
This programme will be delivered regionally with this course focusing on the Galway area. Applicants from any county in the Republic of Ireland may apply, however priority will be given to those who live and/or work in the Galway geographic area.

Delivery Notes

This course will take place online as per government guidelines and Trinity directives regarding social distancing. All students will be expected to have access to a laptop or PC, a working webcam and access to the internet.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Jane Flanagan


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


086 0320487


RPL Information

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.

Application Procedures


Application procedures: ONLINE ONLY via the SPRINGBOARD WEBSITE

Application Deadline: 20/08/2020 (for those in possession of a Level 8)
Application Deadline: 13/08/2020 (for RPL candidates)

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. Statement of Interest (approx 500 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)