About the course

The creative and cultural industries have changed since the 1990’s when the terminology was first introduced as a way to articulate (in business terms) the value and impact of the arts and culture in society. Technology, and the access it has provided to information, has radically changed the landscape, so that podcasters and social media influencers are included alongside more traditional areas such as the theatre or food. In this course, we ask critical questions such as: How has culture become such a profitable commodity? What are the demands of balancing creative productivity with developing a business? Who really owns ideas? And what about our data? Understanding the Creative Industries is an introductory course that invites speakers from within and outside of the university to share their knowledge and experiences around a particular aspect of this sector, and also to delve deeper into theoretical considerations. To compliment this learning, students are encouraged to find their own stakeholders in the industry to engage and interact with, as case studies for course assignments.

Course content

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor (180 credits)or equivalent in subjects relevant for media- and communication studies. Examples of relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: media- and communication, cultural studies, film studies, literature, graphic design, visual communication, stage production, media production or fine arts.

General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish higher secondary school.

Course literature

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to

the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


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