University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This programme explores contemporary media and communications alongside the creative and professional practices that are central to the cultural industries. It blends academic rigour with the opportunity to gain professional experience and to develop and enhance creative practice'based skills. The course has been designed for postgraduate students considering a career in media, creative industry or the cultural sector, as well as those who want to work in research and education. It will enable students to develop the intellectual abilities and gain the practical experience they need for employment within the rapidly changing media and creative industries. The course will provide students with a systematic understanding of major theories of media and communications. They will explore contemporary approaches to the media and creative industries and their social and economic contexts. Students will investigate how global and international perspectives, issues of diversity, equality and identity, and emergent environmental and ethical challenges relate to contemporary media production, circulation and consumption. During the course students will visit galleries, exhibitions and cultural events and benefit from an industry speakers series, with opportunities for networking with industry professionals.

Course Modules

Modules include: Induction; media, culture and economy; analysing contemporary media; media practice workshops; visual culture (spaces, places and practices); collaborative unit; industry speakers series; professional industry practice; research methods workshops; major project.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or have achieved a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. Subject areas include: Art and design; applied art; television and video production; film studies; theatre studies; dance; new media; museum studies or curatorship; media and cultural studies; journalism; business studies; humanities. Applicants who do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250  Whole course. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,615  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,125  Academic year. First year home fees