Kilkenny creative entrepreneurship course launched by Trinity and Design & Crafts Council

Design & Crafts Council Ireland have partnered with Tangent, Trinity College Dublin’s Ideas Working Group, to launch a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship in Kilkenny.

The part-time course, which will run for 21 weeks from January to June 2023, will take place in Kilkenny city centre. It caters to creatives interested in starting their own entrepreneurial business and established individuals looking to further develop their business and skills. It includes elements such as design thinking, ideation, opportunity generation and risk planning tools to bring innovative products and services to market.

The Trinity Postgraduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship will offer ambitious individuals in the region the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate qualification at level 9 of the National Framework of Qualifications at Ireland’s leading university.

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The course provides learners with the creative confidence and skills needed to turn creative ideas into commercial solutions, with course content covering everything from theories on creativity and innovation to market analysis and customer segmentation. The certificate is funded by the Higher Education Authority under the Springboard+ initiative, meaning it is free for eligible unemployed applicants or 90% funded for successful applicants who are currently in employment, with only 10% fees in Amount of €312.50 must be paid. Tuition will be delivered through a mix of online and face-to-face classes on a part-time basis and the course is now open for applications.

Rosemary Steen, CEO of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, said: “We are delighted to partner with Trinity, which supports Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s mission of helping designers and makers develop their businesses in a sustainable way. Based in Kilkenny, the course reflects our goal of making more opportunities available to our community, which is based across Ireland. It is an excellent and timely program that provides a sector that has proven its adaptability in overcoming adversity with additional tools to positively impact Ireland’s economy, society and culture.”

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Ken Finnegan, CEO of Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace added: “We are delighted to partner with Design & Crafts Council Ireland to support Kilkenny’s creative community; from theater practitioners and aspiring writers to designers and makers; and those who simply want to learn more about cultural entrepreneurship. Together we can provide a transformative learning experience, nurture local artists and strengthen the viability of creative businesses across the country.”

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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 distinctiveness. The Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship course run by Trinity is a powerful demonstration of this and the importance of developing the entrepreneurial potential of the arts community.”

Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Tangent invite potential applicants from Kilkenny and the surrounding counties to their upcoming open evening on Monday 24 October at 6pm.

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