Creative Producing Summer School

July 2021

Creative producing is the art of making art happen.

Creative producers provide pivotal functions in artistic liaison, participant recruitment, project development, event management and audience experience. With contributions in the programme from HOME, Manchester Camerata and the Manchester International Festival, this short course provides new and emerging arts managers with a unique opportunity to learn how to produce incredible arts and cultural events through the eyes of expert practitioners and critical reflection on first-hand experience.

Course overview

During this two-week summer school, you will hear about the practices, principles and ethics of creative producing and be introduced to industry tools and tips for planning and managing creative events, culminating in your chance to produce and evaluate your own creative event in a Manchester venue, working with world-class artists and creative partners.

This course is suitable for arts management (and similar subject area) undergraduates and graduates as well as emerging practitioners and is available both in credit-bearing and non-credit bearing versions. It provides an intense and rewarding opportunity for the development of skills and industry profile as well as accredited learning at postgraduate level.

Course details

This summer school will be made up of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and workshops. There will be field trips to local cultural partners included in the course. The draft schedule for 2021 includes (subject to change):

Pre-residential Phase

6 weeks prior to the course you will familiarise yourself with course topics through online resources, reading and assessment schedule to complete prior to arrival, with weekly readings, tasks and online discussion forums.

Residential Phase

During the intensive summer school, you will benefit from hands-on practical sessions, reflective evaluation sessions, workshops and lectures delivered by practitioners from the creative industries. The summer school culminates in the delivery of a showcase creative event, for which you will receive critical feedback from industry specialists and develop an external profile through digital and social media.

Assessment and credits

You will be assessed through continuous assessment, written work, oral presentation and practical participation.

The summer school carries 15 credits for students studying on a credit bearing basis. The course can also be taken on a non-credit basis.

Application Information

Applications for the 2021 Summer school will open in January 2021.

Entry requirements

To apply to the Creative Producer Summer School, we expect the following:

  • You will be 18 or over on the first day of the course.
  • You will have graduated from an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (such as arts management, theatre studies, drama, music) or have the equivalent professional experience working at management level in cultural practice.  The course can be taken as non-credit-bearing for those without a degree or relevant professional experience.
  • You will have achieved good academic grades equivalent to GPA 3.0. Please contact us if you are not sure what the equivalent grade would be for your home institution.
  • The course is available for credit or non-credited students.

English language

If English is not your first language, you must fulfil one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.
  • TOEFL paper-based test minimum score of 583 with a minimum of 53 in all skills.
  • TOEFL internet-based test minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 20 in all skills.
  • English Language O-level/IGCSE/GCSE grade C.
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English, grade 4.
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade B.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, grade C.
  • Level 4 of Chinese University English test for English majors, or Level 6 of Chinese University English Test.

All transcripts must be authorised by your university and your English language scores must be clearly presented in English and be no more than two years old.

We would be happy to consider your application or offer advice if you do not meet all of our entry requirements – please email to discuss your application.

Fees and finance

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for students taking the course for 2021 is currently being reviewed. The tuition fee covers the teaching, assessment and field trips.

If you are part of a group with more than 10 students from the same institution we can offer a 10% group discount.

Accommodation fee

The accommodation fees are not included in the tuition fee. For further information on availability of accommodation and the associated cost, please see the accommodation section. 

Personal expenses

In addition, you will need to budget for living costs to cover food, travel and personal expenses. Manchester is a relatively affordable place to live in. It is cheaper to cook than eat out. All accommodation provides cooking facilities. Weekly grocery shopping is approximately £30-£50.


All students are required to arrange their own travel and health insurance before arriving in Manchester.


Fees for the course, or part of the course, can only be refunded if cancellation in writing is received at least 20 working days before the published start date of the course. All refunds are subject to a £210 administration fee. The course deposit will only be refunded, less an administration fee of £210, within 20 working days of the course start date in exceptional circumstances e.g. a visa refusal, and upon receipt of documentary evidence. The administration fee is not refundable under any circumstances.


How to apply

Before you apply

Please browse the course content and entry requirements before applying. 

You need to submit the following documents as part of your application before Friday 7 May 2021:

  • an academic transcript from your current university;
  • proof of your English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL scores;
  • a completed application form (click to download).

Failure to include all of the required documentation will delay your application. Please see our Entry Requirements for further details.

All applications and accompanying documents should be emailed to

Applications are considered in the order they are submitted. Any applications received after the deadline may not be successful.

The admission process

  • All correspondence will be via email so please check for responses regularly.
  • After you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email within 5 working days.
  • A decision will be made on all applications by the end of May 2021, but we may contact you earlier. If you are offered a conditional place we will send you a letter detailing your next steps.
  • Your place on the summer school is not confirmed until the course fees are paid in full. This is done via our online store using a credit or debit card. The deadline for payment will be Friday 28 May 2021.
  • You will also be asked to pay for your accommodation at this point.
  • Upon receipt of full payment, we will issue an unconditional offer letter.

Please note that a minimum number of students is required for the course to run. Confirmation that the course will run as scheduled will be sent out to applicants in May 2021.

Visa requirements

Not all students require a visa to enter the UK – you can check your eligibility on the Home Office website

If you do need a visa, it will usually be a Short-Term Study Visa which allows you to visit the UK for less than six months and undertake some study while here. It is not the same as a Tier 4 (General) student visa which requires a CAS number. You will be sent an unconditional offer letter which you can use for your visa application.

If you have any queries about which visa you should apply for, please visit the Home Office website or email The University of Manchester's visa office.

University and city life

The University of Manchester is centrally located in the city of Manchester. It is a 30-minute drive from Manchester International Airport and 10 minutes from the main train station by car, from which you can travel to the rest of the UK via an extensive rail network.

The University is within walking distance of the city centre and main attractions like museums, shopping centres, theatres and sports venues. The city offers a wide choice of food outlets and restaurants. We are at the doorstep of the Curry Mile, well known for its Indian/Pakistani food. Manchester's China Town is the largest in the country with a number of Chinese, Korean and Japanese supermarkets.

Within a short distance of Manchester are the beautiful national parks of the Peak District, Lake District, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire. You will find beautiful natural scenery and tranquil spots in these places. They are popular tourist attractions for British families and international tourists.

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Standard accommodation is available at Whitworth Park, and en-suite accommodation is available at Denmark Road.

We offer a choice of standard or en-suite rooms in university halls of residence close to the teaching rooms. All rooms are private rooms (no sharing) and are grouped into self-catering apartments which share a living room and a kitchen. Included in the fee are cooking equipment, a weekly clean, and fresh bed sheets on a weekly basis.

Wireless internet is available on campus free of charge to university students, but in some bedrooms there is a wired broadband connection so students are advised to bring a laptop with them to allow a cable connection. There are also study spaces and computers available in The University of Manchester Library which students are encouraged to use.

We allocate students to their rooms in each flat to encourage a diverse mix of people from around the world, in keeping with the international experience. Therefore, you may not be placed in a flat with students from your home university.

The university campus is open to the public but patrolled by campus security.

For more information and to check availability please email the Creative Summer Schools team.

What to bring

We recommend bringing the following items:

  • An umbrella, as Manchester can sometimes be a rainy city!
  • A good waterproof coat, to keep you warm and dry.
  • Sturdy footwear as we’ll be walking around the city and sometimes in the countryside.
  • A backpack or daypack for carrying your belongings when on field trips.
  • Sun protection cream, a hat and sunglasses for good weather. 
  • Warm clothes such as jumpers, coats and hats for night time activities, outdoor excursions and bad weather.

If you forget anything, there are plenty of shops in the city centre where you can find all of the essential items.

Contact us

For enquiries about the programme, you can contact the Summer School team:


T: +44(0)161 306 3997

Facebook /creativemanchester

Twitter: @creativemanchester

For more information on Creative Manchester see our website.