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Master of Culture and Arts, Creative Design Management, Online

Master of Culture and Arts, Creative Design Management, Online

The Master's Degree Programme in Creative Design Management is a professional higher education degree programme. The unique online programme focuses especially on project management and concept development in the fields of communication and advertising. The objective of the studies in the degree programme is to learn to lead and manage customer-oriented media and communication projects.

The degree programme in Creative Design Management aims at providing students with skills and competence to work in both local and international creative project environments online. The degree programme is suitable for professionals in advertising, marketing or other creative fields, interested in managing creative processes and achieving project management and leadership positions in their organizations.

Entry requirement to the Master's degree programme is a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience gained after a suitable higher education degree. (See the detailed eligibility criteria in Studyinfo.fi.)

The Master's Degree Programme in Creative Design Management is part of Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS) Master School and its School of Professional Excellence. The degree programme is organised by Turku UAS Arts Academy. Turku UAS Master School brings together all Turku UAS' Masters' degree programmes in the fields of Business, Culture, Healthcare and Social Services, and Technology. It gives the students a great chance to create new networks with other experts beyond fields, both in Finland and globally.

Turku UAS Master School - flexible study opportunities in a multi-professional environment

At Turku UAS Master School you'll study a Master's degree in a flexible way. The studies can be completed while working full-time and from anywhere in Finland or abroad. The degree programme in Creative Design Management is conducted fully online. Learning is achieved through online meetings (2–4 times per month) and various other online learning activities and development tasks. These include both independent learning and collaborative online group work and project work.

Turku UAS Master School brings together all Master's students in the fields of Business, Culture, Healthcare and Social Services, and Technology. During the studies you can create new networks with other experts beyond fields of study. As a Turku UAS Master School student you'll also have access to Turku UAS' broad international network of higher education institutions that enables internationalisation during the studies as well. Turku UAS' Arts Academy has also its own international partners that the Art Academy's students can network with.

Managing projects from idea to implementation

The Master's Degree Programme in Creative Design Management (60 ECTS credits) takes an estimated three terms (1.5 years) to complete. The studies are organised as part-time studies and can, therefore, be completed while working. The curriculum is flexible, and the studies can be completed in as little as one year with full-time studying. The individual study plan supports the students in planning the timeframe for completing their studies.

The degree is composed of

  • the Planning for the Future module (10 credits)
  • the Creative Projects and Concept Design module (10 credits)
  • the Master's thesis module (30 credits) and
  • elective studies (10 credits).

Turku UAS Master School allows the students to study in a flexible way alongside work, regardless of the location of the student. Studying is practice oriented, with a strong connection to each student’s current work-related projects. Learning is achieved through online meetings (2–4 times per month) and various other online learning activities and development tasks. These include both independent learning and collaborative online group work and project work.

A key element in the programme is the development project for the thesis, which is related to the student's own creative ideas, customer projects or operations. The development work of the thesis is based on research and analysis and carried out using methodologies and tools relevant to the development task. The thesis also involves documentation and reporting about the development process. 

You create the future: Master School graduates are reformers of the working life

After graduating you've created new knowledge and reformed the working life with your Master's thesis. Your networks have expanded both in Finland and globally. You've also developed your expertise and got the tools to advance in your career. 

Graduates from Turku UAS Master School lead creative teams and processes as project managers, design directors or marketing designers. They will have the necessary knowledge and tools for developing creative concepts in customer-oriented advertising and media projects. The strong project management and online working skills provided by the programme will also be a major asset when seeking employment in various expert roles.

Apply in Joint Application

Joint application means that you can apply to up to six study programmes with one application form. These six options may include degree programmes from one or several different higher education institutions in Finland. The next joint application period for this degree programme is

  • joint application in spring 5 - 19 January 2022 (studies start in autumn 2022)

Applications are submitted through the national online application portal studyinfo.fi (in Finnish Opintopolku). The students are selected based on pre-task and entranc examination. Selection methods are explained in more detail on the Admission Criteria page.

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