Creative and Cultural Business

Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate Creative and Cultural Business

The course supports students in developing their academic identity and skills in preparation for postgraduate study. Students will be exposed to and explore the scope and features of the creative and cultural industries, thereby developing academic skills, particularly in the areas of enquiry, research and communication.

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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

16 weeks

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

32 weeks

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

32 weeks
The study materials allow students to develop a range of academic, creative business and professional skills which will allow graduates to join a postgraduate degree at RGU. 
The selected modules provide a strong theoretical foundation as well as practical digital skills generally and in areas specific to creative and cultural industries.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

This is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study. CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. 

The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material 

A typical week for a student will entail reading/watching/listening to lecture materials and various further required and optional published materials; participating in asynchronous (and sometimes synchronous) group learning activities such as debates and live chats; solo learning activities such as formative assessment quizzes; joining 'check-in' sessions with their personal tutor; and personally directed library research. Live sessions will be recorded where possible for watching on-demand, will usually run for up to one hour, with an indicative class size of 20.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 48 hours per term
  • Independent Study - 252 hours per term

Independent Study

As an online course, independent study includes both course-directed activities to be completed asynchronously and self-directed study.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course is taught by staff from existing subject areas including international tourism and hospitality, information management, digital marketing, strategic marketing, public relations, media and business analytics. External speakers will also be engaged as appropriate. Most staff are Fellows and Senior Fellows of Advance HE and several have been recipients of STAR Awards.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 portfolios


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



This course is intended as a pre-Masters course so graduates are anticipated to advance onto one of the MSc courses in the School of Creative and Cultural Business.


We welcome applications from students who have non-standard qualifications or indeed no qualifications but practical experience.

Each application is individually assessed based on previous qualifications and the level of experience.

Students who lack a NARIC-recognised first degree but have a qualification which is equivalent to an ordinary degree, a taught unclassified degree, or no prior experience of Higher Education will be able to join the Graduate Certificate to develop the skills and academic credits needed to successfully study a Masters level qualification at RGU.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


The Graduate Certificate Creative and Cultural Business has the following tuition fees:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: £3,390 for entire course

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • All Students: £3,290 for entire course

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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