Berlin School of Popular Arts | B.A. Studium Creative Industries Management (2023)


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 7 Semesters
  • Full time
  • on campus
  • 210 ECTS
  • €650/Month
  • Full time

Study Creative Industries Management and learn to support, market and manage success in the creative industries. The B.A. programme prepares you to start your own business or to work for companies that look for innovative approaches to management.

  • English
  • summer and winter semester

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Your course content

What you will learn

The BACreative Industries Management study programmeadapts all-time management classics to the complex and dynamic world of the cultural and creative industries and the broader creative economy. Communication, culture, and arts as well as entrepreneurship have been added to the course to develop your critical understanding and diverse skill set.

During your studies, you canfocus on one of three areas: Music, Visual Arts or General Creative Industries Management. This English-language programme in the heart of cosmopolitan Berlin attracts German and international students from all over the world who have talent, tolerance and want to do business in new way. They cherish learning and working across cultural boundaries. You become part of a diverse, international, and supportive community whose members co-create their learning experiences on a day-to-day basis.

You willlearn about diverse business models, strategies and practices and develop your own identity as a creative manager. You will be able to train your management skills and deepen your knowledge about non-traditional industries and the arts, as well as social, sustainable, and cultural organisations. You will gain further practical experience in managing and marketing creative processes and products through numerous hands-on projects with fellow students across the entire School of Popular Arts and in collaboration with our diverse network partners.

Your career prospects

Our innovative approach that pays off

Having completed your BACreative Industries Management degree, you know how to manage projects and processes successfully.

As an expert in trends and innovation, communication, organisational development, team leadership and creative processes, you willhave a wide range of career opportunities in the creative economy and beyond:

  • Management and marketing in businesses and organisations in the creative industries (advertising, architecture, arts and crafts, design, fashion, film, photography, music, performing arts, publishing, software, games, tourism and leisure, television and radio)
  • Professional service firms, delivering services to the creative industries (e.g. Communication, event, and marketing agencies)
  • Business associations and policy makers in the field
  • Businesses in other industries that are seeking creative talent in areas such as innovation and change management
  • Communication, event and marketing agencies
  • Communication, media relations, and marketing departments of companies
  • Working as a freelancer and entrepreneur with your own business


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Exhibition project

Exhibition project

(Video) A theatrical laboratory - a performance by B.A. Creative Industries Management

Curating, artist management & public relations

Students of the B.A. Creative Industries Management curate a "fluidity"-themed exhibition with German and international artists.

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Creative Industries Management

Berlin Bear | Yes or No?

Students develop communication campaigns that want to keep or lose the famous Berlin Bear. They work either with emotional or factual messages only. What works?

Video project

Video project

Gender, politics, power and sexuality

Students of the B.A. Creative Industries Management programme create animated videos on current topics in the (creative) industries, such as feminism, sexual harassment at work, or tolerance.

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SRH StoriesGet inspired

Steps AheadThe Live Feedback FormatXIII Owl PerformanceOnline Art PreviewAustralian artist Ralph KerleManaging gaming influencersArtist management on Youtube

Online Info SessionHow do I finance my studies? | Webinar

Learn more about funding options for EU and non-EU students. 3 pm CET


Online Info SessionHow do I apply? | Webinar

Meet our study advisors and learn how our application system works and which documents and proofs you need to provide. 3 pm CET


Curriculum B.A. Creative Industries ManagementYour curriculum

7 Semester210 ECTS

1. Semester

Media and Creative Industries

  • Creative Industries & Businesses5
  • Business Strategy5
  • Creative Entrepreneurship Introduction Lab5
  • Concentration I: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Media Studies5
  • Research Skills5

In the first semester, you will dive into the world of creative industries, visit places and speak to practitioners from different fields. You will learn to analyse business models, research cases, and apply management tools and entrepreneurial strategies. You will be able to analyse and interpret different media and art forms. You will tackle your first practical assignment right away and work on a project in one of the following focus areas: Music, Visual Arts or General Creative Industries Management.

2. Semester

Marketing and Communications

  • Marketing and Society5
  • International Marketing Management5
  • Intercultural Communication & Personal Skills5
  • Concentration II: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Concentration III: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Languages5

In the second semester you explore marketing as a socio-economic and cultural practice. You become acquainted with international marketing strategies and intercultural communication and study a foreign language. You will also work on another interdisciplinary project from one of the four focus areas with your fellow students and develop your organisational and personal skills.

3. Semester

Digital Work

  • Digital & Marketing Communications Management5
  • Digital Media Technology5
  • Digital Production5
  • Concentration IV: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Media Law5
  • Languages5

In this semester you will be able to apply digital and marketing communication management strategies, and work with digital media technology to create your own digital content. This is framed by media law so that you can handle contracts and deal with issues of copyright, trademarks, and licensing. You will also carry out another practical project from one of the three focus areas.

4. Semester

Managing Finances

  • Accounting5
  • Finance5
  • Concentration V: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Lab Project5
  • Project Management5
  • Research Methods I | qualitative & artistic5

Being able to gain funding, working with budgets and writing invoices for your work are essential skills in the creative industries and beyond. In addition to accounting and finance topics, you will learn about and apply structured project management concepts and methods in a social or sustainability-oriented practical project. You also develop your management research methods while learning about innovative artistic approaches to research. Additionally, you will carry out an entrepreneurial project in the SRH Start-up Lab Berlin.

5. Semester

Internship/Study Abroad

In the fifth semester, you will either do an internship at a company of your choice, assisted by our career service team, or a study abroad semester. The internship/study abroad semester corresponds to a student workload of 750 hours and is worth 30 credit points.

6. Semester

Leadership & Career Development

  • Creative Career Development5
  • Organisation & Leadership5
  • Public Relations & Artist Management5
  • Concentration VI: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Concentration VII: Music/Visual Arts/General5
  • Research Methods II | qualitative & quantitative5

You will learn to communicate strategically with different audiences in the Public Relations & Artist Management seminar and will be able to apply these techniques to further your own leadership style and professional success in the modules Creative Career Development and Organisation & Leadership. Another module on Research Methods will prepare you for the upcoming Bachelor's thesis. You will also work on your final practical project.

7. Semester

Research & Innovation

  • Innovation Management5
  • Creative Entrepreneurship Innovation Lab5
  • Cultural Theory & Popular Culture5
  • Art, Creativity and Research5
  • Bachelor's Thesis20

You will learn how to further innovation, to develop organisations and entrepreneurial ventures, and to drive change in the context of a growing demand for innovative approaches in the business and creative world. This is linked to critical analyses of Popular Culture, as we find ever-changing creative newness in global TV and media products. Finally, you will be writing a Bachelor's thesis on a self-chosen topic, supervised by our professorial staff that have internationally-recognised research and practical expertise in a variety of creative, cultural and management areas.

(Video) B.A. Creative Industries Management at hdpk - Project Odyssey

Online Panel #1

In Times of Disruption: The Electronic Music Scene

The Corona crisis is hitting the creative industries and the music scene hard. How are artists able to strengthen their resilience, find new impulses and use the crisis as an opportunity?

Industry learnings

Creating new ideas with clay

Creating new ideas with clay

Creative Leadership Workshop with Ralph Kerle

Joining a workshop by Australian artist and management visionary Ralph Kerle, students use clay to explore the development of creative workflows and a better understanding of non-verbal communication.

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(Video) Prof. Dr. Hasan Koç about BA Business Administration: International Management & Marketing or HRM

Collaboration + Workshop

Collaboration + Workshop

Sustainability-oriented brand management

What are sustainable brands and how do they communicate? In a joint workshop, students from the B.A. Creative Industries Management and the University of Portsmouth learn and work together to define personas, target groups and messages for brands from the automotive, fast and luxury fashion sectors.

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Industry & Network Professional Advisory Board of the B.A. Creative Industries Management

Arts Manager and Managing Director, Causales GmbH

Independent Curator

Head of Casting, Friedrichstadt-Palast

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Student PerformanceA Theatrical Laboratory - Performing Arts Module

Your lecturersWe help you achieve your goals

Study Programme DirectorProf. Dr. Brigitte BiehlProfessor
Klaus KammermeierAssistant lecturer

Admission requirements

Our requirements

Admission requirements vary according to the educational background andcitizenship of all applicants. Our admission requirements are in accordance with German legal stipulations.

The basic requirements are:

  • General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife). In case you have not graduated yet, please apply with your existing transcripts or your latest interim certificate. However, we need your final degree certificate before you can start your studies.
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of your identity card or passport

This is what the admission interview is all about.

We would like to get to know you better and learn more about your creativity, your motivation and your vision of the future. You also have the opportunity to ask more detailed questions about the programmeor the university. If you are unable to come to Berlin, we will gladly offer you an appointment online.

Here arethe English requirements you should bring along:

  • Duolingo 95 Pts
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5average - deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Centre's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)
  • FCE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A)59 points
  • Linguaskill: 176 - 184 (CES) - all four skills required

You don't feel prepared yet? More information about the Academic English Preparation Course

Fees and Funding

Your tuition fees

As a state-recognised, private university, the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is financed by tuition fees. Thisrevenuegoes towards equipping our campus, providing services for our students, and quality assurance. In this way we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.

Tuition fees (per month or per semester)

  • EUR 650 / month (CitizenshipEU/EEA incl. Western Balkans, Switzerland and Ukraine)
  • EUR 4,500/ semester(Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

Enrolment fee (once)

  • EUR 500(CitizenshipEU/EEA incl. Western Balkans, Switzerland and Ukraine)
  • EUR 900(Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

You can finance your studies through BAföG, student loans, education funds and scholarships. The possibilities vary according to nationality. You can find more information under "Financing your studies". Our Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Application process and deadlines

Please find the Application and Late Arrival deadlines here.

We look forward to getting to know you. This is our application process:

  • You apply online at our SRH Universities Application Portal
  • If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to an interview
  • If the interview is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
  • You willsign the study contract and send it back to us
  • You will pay the registration fee (all students) and possibly a EUR 3000 deposit (non-EU/EEA students only)
  • We will prepare your letter of admission for you
  • You take part in our WelcomeWeekand then it begins!

Get started now Your path into the future

  • You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
  • You will study in small teams through practice-oriented tasks
  • You can concentrate on what isimportant in 5-week blocks
  • You will receive individualsupport from your lecturers
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Your contactIf you have any questions, our team is happy to help you

Your contact Rosy BelounisUniversity Administration
Study Programme DirectorProf. Dr. Brigitte BiehlProfessor

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