Formal and non-formal education and training sources

(*This page is updated from time to time so please check data on official websites)

1. Online Courses

Online workshop on Cultural Entrepreneurship from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Available periodically.

“This online workshop focuses on the essence, uniqueness and importance of cultural entrepreneurship in the overall strategic management and policy-making process. An important aspect of the workshop is intrapreneurship in the cultural sector and how to manage internal innovations in a systematic way.”

2. Summer School

– Summer school course by the Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) and the Brown Leadership Institute: pre-collegiate summer program for U.S. and international students.

The program, which has taken place July 5 through July 15, 2016, combined world-class educational instruction from both Brown University and Berklee College of Music faculty, graduate students, and other entrepreneurial leaders with hands-on experience to develop practical knowledge for leadership and creative entrepreneurship. Upon completion of this course, students will have received a joint certificate from the two schools and have increased ability to solve problems, analyze issues, and creatively collaborate.

– Summer school course by the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Art and Economics, The Netherlands: Cultural Entrepreneurship and Business Modelling

“This course gives an introduction to the entrepreneurial dimension of cultural and creative industries. The two-weeks course will focus on the characteristics of cultural and creative entrepreneurs. You study theories and practices that demonstrate the value of entrepreneurial behaviour for the arts. The life of arts organisations often depends on the risk-taking nature of entrepreneurship. The principles of both entrepreneurship and business modelling will be treated. We will look at creative business modelling and development and the size and structure of cultural and creative enterprises. You will create a cultural and creative business plan. “

3. School for Creative Startups

School for Creative Startups helps creative people build successful startups through their part time, interactive, courses. They deliver all the necessary business know-how without the technical gibberish, pesky acronyms or theoretical rhetoric. Just the stuff you need to know, delivered in a way that makes it easy to learn.

Their courses are designed by creative entrepreneurs to teach and empower those with existing creative businesses, who simply wish to grow and improve, as well as, those who dream of turning their part-time hobbies, market-stall businesses or freelance work into a full-time way of life.

Their 9 months part-time course includes:

4. BA programs focusing on Cultural Entrepreneurship

– Cultural Entrepreneurship BA, College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota – Duluth, USA

[…] Cultural entrepreneurship is an emerging academic discipline that examines how cultural products traditionally associated with the fine and liberal arts, such as art, theater, poetry and literature, but also cultural activities such as sports, music, food and film events are having an increasingly important impact on the growth of local, national and global economies.
Cultural entrepreneurship scholars study the impact of culture on economies, and develop new strategies for enhancing local livelihoods by using creative, new, sustainable, socially responsible ways of producing income through cultural activity.
This program provides training for students interested in leadership roles in the creative economy, and guides them towards developing their own creative business enterprise, from business plan to implementation. […]

Entrepreneurship in the Creative and Cultural Industries Degrees and Courses, Staffordshire University, UK

[…] Our Entrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries degrees:

BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries

Awards you can study:

BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in 3D Design
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Ceramics
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Fashion
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Fine Art
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Graphics and Digital Media
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Illustration
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Moving Image
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in New Media
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Photography
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Surface Pattern
BA(Hons) Entrepreneurship in Theatre Arts

5. Postgraduate programmes focusing on Cultural Entrepreneurship:

The Mike Curb Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership, Arizona State University, USA

Master Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Master in Management of Companies in the Cultural and Creative Industry, IDEC, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

Master of Science in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

MSc Cultural Industries and Entrepreneurship, Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham, UK

Option Module: Cultural Entrepreneurship, MA option modules, Centre for Culturel Policy Studies, Warwick University, UK

“This is a practical module during which you will attempt to turn your creative idea into a viable business proposition. You will learn about the basics of business and financial planning, but also confront some of the specific and personal challenges of running a cultural enterprise where ideas, personalities and experience are at the core of the business. Finally, you will pitch your business idea to a panel of experts and investors – and if they like your idea they might even make a real investment in your business.”

Creative Grounds, European Research Programme on Cultural Entrepreneurship 2009-2013 from the University of Utrech, The Netherlands

Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

ICCE – MPhil/PhD in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
[…] We welcome proposals from people who wish to investigate, interrogate or create new types or approaches to business models appropriate for the creative economy. We’re particularly interested in hearing from people interested in carrying out research into:

  •     entrepreneurship
  •     social entrepreneurship
  •     tourism
  •     cultural relations and diplomacy
  •     cultural policy

Current interests and studies being undertaken in ICCE include:

  •     21st-century competencies
  •     leadership of arts and cultural organisations
  •     personalisation of the arts offer
  •     value and how to assess this in the creative industries […]

ICCE – MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
[…] Our collective approach is to integrate entrepreneurship within the development of creative practices and to take a ‘creative’ approach to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them.
This programme is designed to allow you to continue to innovate, but also to provide the requisite business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.
You’ll be able to build on a historical and theoretical understanding of cultural and creative industries and the development of a cultural economy to create your own creative initiatives, which might be research-based, policy-based, practice-based, or a combination of any or all of these. […]

M Phil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

New M Phil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London.

This programme will enable entrants who have previously explored an area of creative study and practice (music, media, theatre, design, fashion, computer games, or interactive digital media) to develop a creative idea into an entrepreneurial project. The entrepreneurial activity may relate directly to a ‘product’ or ‘process’ arising from the student’s creative engagement or to a form of ‘expertise’ or ‘consultancy’. The programme will also equip students, who wish to work within existing organisations with the infrastructure and environment for setting up new creative businesses, with the capacity to flourish in a variety of creative entrepreneurial contexts. Students will be encouraged to create value around their individual creative practices.

The programme will be taught in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London and by staff in five Schools: School of Computer Science and Statistics, School of Business, School of Drama, Film and Music, School of Histories and Humanities, and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

For more information or to express an interest in this course please contact the Course Director, Prof Marie Redmond at

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, Turin School of Development, Italy

Become a Cultural Heritage Entrepreneur!
Cultural activities are a major contributor to national development, job creation and social cohesion. The master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.
The Programme provides a solid foundation in a variety of cultural economics topics and the value chain of cultural and natural sites. It explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites.
The Programme also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies for the preservation and promotion of these sites as well as on monitoring the efficacy and adequacy of site management plans and associated cultural projects.
The Master is designed by the University of Torino , the Politecnico di Torino , the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

6. MBA and MA programmes focusing on Cultural Management and the Creative Economies:

Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management, Faculty of Hummanities, UIC (Uniresitat Internacional de Catalunya) Barcelona, Spain

– Cultural Management MA, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia

The two-year full-time Master Programme in Cultural Management is a joint initiative with Estonian Business School and Estonian Academy of Arts. The programme is international, interdisciplinary and flexible with an emphasis on management of culture and creative industries. The MA programme is intended for those interested in managing cultural institutions and organizing projects – ideal for anyone with experience in the field or deeper interest in culture. Through active learning methods and lively discussion, the course offers students a chance to engage in cultural discourse, learn about creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship while also providing access to creative networks. The latest curricular development will provide a special module on managing creative projects with a societal impact.

The aim of the programme is to prepare professional managers of arts organizations with creative leadership skills and vision; entrepreneurs promoting Estonian cultural industries in an international context; administrators and decision-makers in the field of cultural policy and creative industries strategies, who are able to work in and understand the working mechanisms of different cultural fields.

MA Arts Management,  College of Arts and Sciences, American University, Washington DC, USA

The arts management master’s degree program trains students to become arts administrators across performing and visual art disciplines. The program blends the basic tenets of administration with an understanding of the cultural sector in the global economy. The arts management MA program excels in providing students a decision making context for the jobs of the future through an understanding of cultural policy, international arts management issues, and organizational dynamics. The master’s program prepares students to become effective advocates for the arts and to succeed in a wide range of administrative, managerial, and leadership positions.

The arts management MA program curriculum is designed to combine current cultural and nonprofit theory with the best practices from the management field.

I-LAB Course: Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, Harvard Business School MBA Program, Harvard University, USA

“This weeklong January term trip to New York City will focus on cultural entrepreneurship: new ventures in fashion, food, fine arts, design, etc. We will explore how new ventures in the creative arts are launched, and how proximity to NYC’s rich ecosystem of established companies, investors, and supporting organizations (e.g., universities, foundations, trade press, industry associations) influences the ventures’ evolution.

The course is tailored for students who plan to found or join a startup upon graduation-especially those who aspire to innovate in the creative arts. Sponsored by the Harvard Innovation Lab, the course will offer HBS students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship by building relationships with peers from other Harvard schools-Law, Design, Education, SEAS, College, etc.”

MBA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia

“Tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, MBA-ITB program in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (MBA-CCE) is dedicated to the new generation of entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries. This MBA-CCE program focuses on the latest practices and knowledge on arts and design, local culture, leadership, entrepreneurship, and business management for growth and sustainability. Supported by the Goldsmiths, University of London (GUL) with its Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), the MBA-CCE is offered by the School of Business and Management (SBM) in a joint-cooperation with the Faculty of Arts and Design (FSRD) of ITB.”

In Europe:
MBA in Arts and Cultural Management
Institut d’Etudes Superieures des Arts, France
(IESA: International studies in History and business of art & culture)

MBA in Arts & Cultural Management
Paris School of Business, France

MBA in Cultural, Arts & Media Management
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, UK

In the USA:
Accelerated MBA in Sport, Arts and Entertainment Management
Point Park University

MBA in Arts Administration
University of Wisconsin, Madison – Wisconsin School of Business

MBA in Museum Leadership and Management
University of Delaware – Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

MBA in Arts Management and Administration
California Lutheran University


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