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Master of Creative Enterprise

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Semester One intake only
  • 18 months of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Take your creativity to the market

The Master of Creative Enterprise combines research and practice to give you the skills you need to make your mark in the in the highly competitive creative industries.

You’ll learn about a range of creative roles, and develop innovative commercialisation models to take your creative work to the marketplace.

With taught courses in critical studies and enterprise, as well as an individual creative project, the MCE emphasises entrepreneurship and innovation, encouraging you to explore the commercial applications of your work.

Our students’ projects focus on building sustainable careers in the creative sector, with practical skills in areas such as lighting and sound design, studio production, software development, and audio-visual content.

We’re offering six $2000 research awards to support the development and commercialisation of projects in the following categories: indigenous film or documentary, sustainable product design, immersive technologies (VR, AR etc), interface and interaction, events and curatorial, and innovation in sound and music. Visit for details.

If you have a creative idea you want to develop and commercialise, the Master of Creative Enterprise will equip you with the tools to see your creative vision from development through to commercialisation.

Three semesters of study

The Master of Creative Enterprise takes three semesters, over 18 months full time.

You can also complete the MCE part time over six semesters (36 months). Discuss this with the programme coordinator before you apply.

What you’ll study

The Master of Creative Enterprise is structured into six courses spread over three semesters (full time), with both taught and supervised components.

The three courses in your first semester cover broad critical perspectives, commercialisation and viability, and pre-production. To stay in the programme, you will need to achieve a B grade average in these three courses.

In Semester 2 2020 and Semester 1 2021 you’ll focus on a supervised 90-credit Major Project while also completing two double-semester 15-credit taught courses in applied critical perspectives and advance creative enterprise. You’ll produce a critical written exegesis and commercial strategy, along with your MCE Major Project.

How to apply

We recommend you attend a consultation with the Master of Creative Enterprise Coordinator to discuss the suitability of your creative project.

To enter the Master of Creative Enterprise, you must have a Bachelor’s degree with a B average in the highest level courses of your degree.

You’ll also need to submit a portfolio of creative works and a written expression of interest, addressing the following points:

  • What is your creative practice, interests and intention?
  • Examples of past work accompanied by a summary explaining what it is, your motivation (why), and how it was produced.
  • Indicate the project you intend to develop in MCE, and the field or research area it falls within.

If you don’t meet all the entry requirements or are currently working in the industry, you may still be able to join the programme. Get in touch to discuss your options.

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