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RGU offering creatives fully-funded entrepreneurship short course

Wednesday 12 May 2021

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Robert Gordon University (RGU) is offering over 20 fully funded places on its Creative Entrepreneurship course as part of its commitment to supporting the creative industries.

The university is offering 21 fully-funded places on the short course, which will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to transition their creative practice into a viable business.

The course, which will be delivered entirely online, is open to those looking to start up a new enterprise, or with an existing creative business who want to take it to the next level and will provide participants with a number of business tools and toolkits, as well as expert guidance from academics and existing entrepreneurs.

The initiative, which is now recruiting for its fourth cohort, is an innovative collaboration between the University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) and the Look Again team, part of Gray’s School of Art, with funding provided by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). It is a credit bearing Master’s level qualification which allows participants to accumulate further credits and achieve a full postgraduate qualification over time.

Look Again Co-Director Hilary Nicoll said the course having to go fully online has opened up more opportunities and formed an “amazing creative network”.

She added: “It’s been a great course, we’ve already had around 70 people participate and because it is online we now have this amazing network of people from right across the north east, as well as the central belt, and as far afield as Iona.

“The first cohort was set to start in the first week of lockdown so we postponed by a week to integrate the course fully online and this has enabled us to offer it to students across the whole of Scotland, as well as have guest speakers from London, Edinburgh and all over Scotland.

“It has changed the dynamic and the connections people can make – it’s fantastic to see a designer in Aberdeen strike up a partnership with someone in Edinburgh who they may not have met otherwise and see how they can work so well together.

“Look Again and EIG were able to mobilise really quickly during that initial stage and the impact it has had on individuals has been fantastic – when everyone else was shutting down, we were actually rising up and a dynamic network has been formed throughout the process.”

The call for applications is now open, with a deadline of 16 May. Find out more about the Creative Entrepreneurship course or how to apply:

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