Lead for Creativity. Inspire Innocation

Ashridge Business School
United Kingdom
European EMBA

This Executive MBA, delivered mainly online, is for professionals either already working in the creative sector or looking to make the transition into the sector, who wish to gain the strategic skills and knowledge required to respond to changing global market forces due to increased digitisation and globalisation. You will learn how to lead and inspire innovation and how to build a culture of creative excellence whilst balancing the demands of commercial enterprise.

This Executive MBA is designed by Ashridge with the expertise and contribution from an Advisory Board of senior-level professionals from the creative industries and two experienced industry partners: Creative Skillset and Atticus Education. 

With a focus on practical application, small group learning and high interaction with real organisations, this programme provides an integrated view of business and the key challenges faced today such as globalisation, sustainability, leading organisational change and innovation.

Assessment is done through assignments, short in-class tests and client-consultancy projects rather than long exams.

About Ashridge

Ashridge has been a place of executive learning and development for over 50 years, having been founded in 1959 by visionary leaders from organisations including Shell, Guinness and Unilever. The site of Ashridge itself dates back to 13th Century when a monastery was established.

Ashridge combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisational consultancy. Ashridge faculty work with thousands of executives from over 850 organisations across the globe each year to develop leadership potential at the highest level.

In addition, it also provides specialist Masters programmes in Management, Sustainability and Responsibility, Executive Coaching, Organisational Change and a Doctorate in Organisational Change plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching Supervision.

Programme Info

Type of Course: Executive MBA
Accreditation: AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB
Ranking: #22 worldwide for customised executive education (Financial Times 2015)

Application Deadline: August 2016

Start Date:  October 2016
Length of Course: Two years

Structure: Online + four residential weeks

Student Body

Number of nationalities: 28

Men: WomenRatio 50:50

Age Range: 28 - 48
Average Age: 32
Length of Work Experience:

  • Average 13 years
  • Minimum 3 years


  • Completed application form
  • Two references (the emails of two referees are required as part of the application form)
  • Personal interview
  • TOEFL 100/IELTS 7.0 (if English is not first language)


Tuition fee: £32,500 + VAT

This fee includes:

  • Registration on the programme
  • Teaching and assessment
  • All study materials
  • Use of the on-site Ashridge library and the online library resources
  • Transport between Berkhamsted Train Station and the Business School for the residential weeks
  • All four residential weeks (accommodation, all meals and refreshments, use of sports facilities at Ashridge)
Scholarships: yes



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Hertfordshire HP4 1NS
United Kingdom
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1442 841 120

Website: http://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/executive-mba-for-the-creative-industries/ 
Dean: Roger Delves
Head of Admissions: Rebecca Brown, admissions@ashridge.hult.edu

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