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Supplementary subject 

About the programme
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) is an interdisciplinary supplementary programme that is premised on the recognition that the cultural sector is one of the most exciting and innovative sectors today. Music, film, visual art, computer games, publishing, theatre, tourism, crafts, design, and fashion all offer dynamic careers. Policymakers of all levels understand that the benefits of the cultural sector transcend economic concerns and are essential for social diversity and well-being. This interdisciplinary programme provides you with not only a critical history and overview of this rapidly growing sector, but also provides you with a range of interdisciplinary and analytical tools to build a career in this field.

Project with external industry partners 

You will be taught via seminars and work on projects with external industry partners, which provides you with the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary contexts to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate, and government levels. The CCI programme also involves an excursion to a European creative hub where you will study and engage with the vibrant local creative communities. This programme is ideally suited to you if you are seeking a dynamic career in the CCI sector; working in cultural policy, governance, and community development; and/or seeking to place cultural economies in an historical context, and its implications for contemporary practice.


Here are some of the questions you will deal with while studying on the supplementary subject:

  • How does the development of new technologies transform the production, circulation, and consumption of CCI products?
  • How does policymaking impact cultural production and consumption?
  • How do cultural products and creative labour circulate on the global stage?
  • How do we approach interdisciplinary research and problem-solving in the CCI field?


Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish University. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with supplementary subject. 

ECTS requirements

It is a requirement that you have passed 60 ECTS credits in your core subject before 15 April. Introductory courses are not included when calculating these ECTS credits. 

Level requirements

English B

History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B or Social Science B

If you do not meet the level requirements, you can supplement subject levels.

Restricted admission

40 seats. The number of seats is indicative and can be adjusted continuously by the university.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) obtained in the core subject in the Bachelor’s degree by 15 April. Propaedeutic courses are not included in the GPA.

All Bachelor’s supplementary subjects require a sufficient number of participants. Therefore, we kindly urge you to make up to four applications to make sure you are admitted to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in case your highest priority is not offered. The same applies if your highest priority has restricted admission and not all qualified applicants are admitted. 

Non-permissible combinations of subjects

You cannot take a supplementary subject in the same field as your central subject. The general rule is that you may not choose a Bachelor’s supplementary subject with the same title as your central subject.

If you are supplementing a subject level in the Danish upper secondary school and do not finish the supplementary subject before August, you have to upload the documentation that you are registered for the supplementary subject to your application for admission no later than 1 August. Deadline for uploading documentation for passed supplementary subject is 5 September.

Academic Regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:

Structure bachelor

Student Life

The academic life on Cultural and Creative Industries

The academic life of students at CCI extends well beyond the boundaries of the AU campus where the programme is based. Students are expected to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant creative ecosystem in Aarhus, where places like Filmby Aarhus, Øst for Paradis, Godsbanen, Sydhavnen, Ideas Lab, Kunsthal Aarhus, ARoS, Svalegangen Theatre, Voxhall, and Promus are important centres of cultural production in the region. From small start-ups to large international media companies, students will access the expertise of practitioners from across the range of creative industries in and around Aarhus. Aarhus frequently hosts regional and international cultural events, meetings, and festivals, in which students may partake to fully engage with the dynamics of the CCI.

You will be taught by international academic staff who are experts in their respective fields. Further, you will engage with a range of policymakers, industry practitioners, cultural activists, urban planners and community groups.

The social life on Cultural and Creative Industries

The social life of students on the CCI programme will be energised by the vibrant interdisciplinary collaborations that you will undertake. You will form strong networks with your fellow students and industry partners that will prepare you for your future careers in the CCI sector and beyond.

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A supplementary subject in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) supplements your core academic compenteces in a new context. On the supplementary subject in CCI, you will learn to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team to critically analyse, produce, and test knowledge within CCI constellations. You will gain relevant knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods in cultural analysis, dealing with empirical data through various theoretical lenses relevant to CCI fields and subfields that span the humanities and social sciences. You will learn about the development of CCI initiatives in global contexts and learn to synthesise knowledge gained from comparative analysis with its practical application in a local context.