Kilkenny Creative Entrepreneurship Course launched by Trinity and Design & Crafts Council

Design & Crafts Council Ireland has partnered with Tangent, Trinity College Dublin’s ideas workspace, to launch a postgraduate certificate in creative and cultural entrepreneurship in Kilkenny.

The part-time course, which runs for 21 weeks from January to June 2023, will take place in Kilkenny city centre. It is designed for creatives who want to start their own business and those already established who want to expand their business and skills. It covers things like conceptual thinking, idea development, opportunity generation, and business planning tools to help bring innovative products and services to market.

The Trinity Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship will offer ambitious people from the region the opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification at Level 9 on the National Qualifications Framework from Ireland’s leading university.

The course will equip learners with the creative confidence and skills to translate creative ideas into business solutions, with course content covering everything from creativity and innovation theories to market analysis and segmentation. of the clientele. The certificate is funded by the Higher Education Authority as part of the Springboard+ initiative, meaning it is free for eligible unemployed applicants, or 90% funded for successful applicants currently in employment, with only a 10% fee of €312.50 to pay. Classes will be delivered through a mix of online and part-time in-person teaching, and the course is now open for applications.

Rosemary Steen, CEO of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, said: “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Trinity, which reinforces Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s mission to help designers and makers grow their businesses in a sustainable way. . Being based in Kilkenny, the course reflects our aim to provide more opportunities to our community based throughout Ireland. This is an excellent and timely program which will provide additional tools to a sector which has proven its adaptability to overcome adversity in order to have a positive impact on the Irish economy, society and culture. .

Ken Finnegan, CEO of Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, added: “We are delighted to begin working alongside Design & Crafts Council Ireland to support Kilkenny’s creative community; from theater practitioners and emerging writers to designers and creators; and those who simply want to know more about cultural entrepreneurship. Together, we can provide a transformative learning experience, nurturing local artists and strengthening the viability of creative businesses nationwide. »

Sean McKeown, acting chief executive of Kilkenny County Council, said:

“I am delighted that Trinity and Tangent have chosen Kilkenny, the creative heart of Ireland, to run this postgraduate course. The creative arts are important to our national identity and cultural specificity. The Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Course organized by Trinity is a strong demonstration of this and the importance of developing the entrepreneurial potential of the artistic community.”

Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Tangent invite potential applicants based in Kilkenny and surrounding counties to its next open house on Monday 24 October at 6pm.

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