Sport and Creative Industries in Toronto

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Postgraduate students enrolled on Business Management in the Creative Industries MSc, Business Management in Sport MSc, and Cultural Events Management MSc, Design Management and Entrepreneurship MA, Design Innovation MA/MSc and Fashion Management and Marketing MA and History MA are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Toronto is a major centre for professional sport in Canada. Talks, visits and tours are being arranged with sporting organisations, including the licensing and marketing staff based at the main office of  the National Hockey League. The Hockey Hall of Fame is a major site of sport heritage addressing the game’s international, Canadian, and professional levels. Students will also have an opportunity to attend a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game the only Major League Baseball team left in Canada.

The trip will also visit Exhibition Place, which has the stadium for Toronto FC, an indoor arena where the Marlies ice hockey team plays, venues from the 2015 Pan-American Games, and the venue for the Ex and other large cultural activities. A tour of the grounds and sport stadiums, along with talks with the marketing, sales, and event staff, will provide insight into a multi-functional space and how it bridges the two industries.

In addition, Toronto is a thriving centre for the creative industries, cultural events, and sport. The city’s Distillery District is home to artists and designers working in the top floors of former warehouses. This trip will combine talks from creative industry entrepreneurs and festival producers with cultural visits. Talks with individuals, including a composer who works on film, graphic novels, and other newer digital media forms, and who also is an entrepreneur and small business owner within the music industry, will focus on the business side of the creative and cultural industries.

Cultural activities

Cultural visits will be embedded into the trip, including a choice between the Bata Shoe Museum, a walking tour of the Distillery District and a  Niagra Falls day trip (£70) is included in the itinerary as well.In addition to the visit to Niaraga Falls and the Walk Behind the Falls, students may additionally add the Hornblower boat tour into the Falls (£20).

Please note that students will be required to pay for all activities in advance of the trip (Niagra Falls is optional).

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that meet Canadian immigration requirements.

All students will require an ETA or some kind of visa to travel to the Canada. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
  • Return date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £700
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits (£150), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am