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Managing Creative Projects is a project management course from The Factory Academy – and if you’re aged 19+ and currently unemployed, you can register now for a free place.

Managing Creative Projects will introduce you to the key principles and tools of project management, an essential skill for work in the creative industries. Over 6 weeks, you’ll discover how to set up, define and develop a project using key project-management skills – all taught by expert tutors and illustrated with real-life examples by guest speakers from across the creative industries.

In the second half of the course you will then be given time to take these skills and apply them to your own projects. A selection of students will then have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to an industry leader who can advise you how to take your project to the next level.

Managing Creative Projects is suitable for early career creatives and for mid-career professionals continuing their professional development.

Managing Creative Projects is open to all residents of Greater Manchester who are aged 19+ and currently unemployed, regardless of experience or qualifications. And this fully funded course is entirely cost-free for participants – all you need to commit is your time. Read on to learn more about the course and how you can sign up.


To begin, you’ll learn how to set the ball rolling on a creative project. You’ll then consider how to make it happen, from the resources you’ll need to the decisions you’ll have to take. And finally, you’ll discover how to plan your project in detail – and how to guard against risks and dangers that might crop up along the way. We’ll provide you with a full course outline before your enrolment.

When you complete the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the major components of any project
  • Outline why making a ‘business case’ is important to any project
  • Describe the key aspects of a project initiation document
  • Create documents and tools to help manage a project
  • Recognise risk and how to prevent it affecting your project
  • Define your vision for a project – and what you want it to achieve
  • You will then be in the running to pitch your project to an industry leader


Managing Creative Projects is delivered over 6 weeks and will run Mon 20 June – Fri 29 July.

The course breaks down into 3 weeks of taught sessions followed by 3 weeks self-directed study to prepare your Project Initiation Document for your final tutorial. This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams with some in-person elements. If you’re not familiar with Teams, we can help you get set up on it.

The course will be varied, featuring taught sessions, Guest Speaker and case study sessions, 1:1 tutorials and self-directed learning. You will need to be able to commit to 18 taught sessions. Elements of this course are full time combined with self-directed study which is flexible so can fit around your other commitments.


Managing Creative Projects is created and run by The Factory Academy, which was launched in 2018 by Manchester International Festival (MIF) to deliver training for people looking to start new careers in the cultural and creative industries. The Factory Academy will eventually be based at The Factory, a world-class cultural space currently being built in the heart of Manchester.


Managing Creative Projects is open to all Greater Manchester residents who are aged 19+ and currently unemployed. You don’t need any previous project-management experience or qualifications, nor do you need to have taken part in any previous Factory Academy courses – Managing Creative Projects is open to all.


You can register for Managing Creative Projects online below. We’ll get in touch with everyone who registers before start of the course.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT Managing Creative Projects

'I feel honoured to have participated. It’s raised my game so much. I feel able and knowledgeable to manage a creative project in detail- from a business perspective. I’ve learnt how to plan a project in maximum detail and map out a process professionally.’

Jyothi Kuna, Festival Director, Altrincham Arts Festival

"I liked that the Factory Academy experience has plugged the holes in my understanding of the Arts that university had left behind. Specifically, the Factory Academy has helped me to begin building that bridge between my creative practice and establishing my practice within industry - by teaching me the process of taking a project from concept through to outcome."

"I’ll take away greater confidence in both myself and my ability to establish a career within the Arts, as well as really valuable professional contacts in Manchester’s arts scene."

"The sheer amount of detail is terrific. The way we're able to put the theory into practice means learning the programme is much more enjoyable and the stakes feel real. I've learned some skills which I have already begun to utilise. The tools we have gained here give me a new feeling of confidence about approaching work tasks that previously seemed too great."