This course is now closed for 2022, and is expected to run again in 2023. Please express your interest below.

Qualification Postgraduate Level 9 (30 ECTS)
Delivery Part time, in person & online
Location Dublin (Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace)
Kilkenny (Design & Crafts Council Ireland)
Duration 20 Weeks
Course Fees €312.50 for eligible applicants in employment. Free to eligible unemployed applicants. See eligibility criteria
Course Content Module 1: Innovation and Creativity
Module 2: Creative and Cultural Enterprise Development
Module 3: Career Pathways
Key Dates Applications closed
Course Begins: 18th January 2023
Course ends: 22nd June 2023
Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of date listed.


Are you interested in harnessing your creative talents to establish an entrepreneurial venture? Do you want to establish a sustainable career and future for yourself in the vibrant arts industry?

On this practical, part-time Postgraduate Certificate (Level 9) in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship, you will learn everything that you need to develop, manage, and thrive as a creative and cultural entrepreneur.

The arts values critical, creative, and lateral thinking - skills which are central to innovation and entrepreneurship. Join us to learn how to make your creative and cultural contributions to society economically viable and sustainable.

Graduates from these courses will emerge with a comprehensive understanding of their relevant disciplines and many may currently work for themselves but some perhaps with less knowledge and/or exposure to entrepreneurship. This course fuses 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.

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Course Information

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.

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.

The Postgraduate Certificate will provide the key competencies and transversal skills for sustainable employment or self-employment in the cultural and creative sectors. It upskills individuals 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.

Course Information

Module 1: Career Pathways

This module explores principles of Design Thinking - Evolution of Innovative Ideas in Multidisciplinary Teams. Participants will also explore the changing nature of work.

Module 2 - Innovation & Creativity

This module explores principles and practices associated with creativity and innovation. It exposes students to frameworks and methodologies for idea generation, problem-solving and creative collaboration.

Module 3 - Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

This module introduces the process involved in creating, leading and scaling entrepreneurial start-up ventures in the creative and cultural sectors.

Applications Close: 8th November 2022
Course Begins: 18th January 2023
Course ends: 22nd June 2023

Classes will take place in-person for module 1 and Module 3. Module 2 is online.

Dublin in-person classes will take place in Tangent, First Floor of Business School, Trinity campus, Dublin 2.

Regional course - Location TBC.

CCEN timetable draft

  • Dr Karl Thomas – Academic Lead

Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard+ website.

Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent), in any discipline from a recognised institution. Those with demonstrated entrepreneurship aspirations will be prioritised.

Applicants who do not meet the 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.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present qualifications in the English language that pass the grades set by IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

All students are required to have a laptop or a PC, a webcam and stable Internet connection.


Applications are made through the Springboard+ website.

Springboard+ covers 100% of course fees for eligible, unemployed applicants who are successful in their application. Springboard+ covers 90% of course fees for eligible, employed applicants who are successful in their application. The remaining 10% course fee is €312.50.

For more information, please contact our Student Recruitment Team, on (086) 0 320 487 or via email.