School of Media
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Explore contemporary media and communications alongside the creative and professional practices central to the cultural industries. With work-based learning an integral part of the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice course, you will develop your knowledge and professional experience in major London institutions such as Tate Modern, the British Council, Film London and the BBC.
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time or Part time|
|Course Length||1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model), 2 years part time (90 weeks across a seven-term model)|
£8,250 (Full time – 2016/17 fees)
A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.
£17,230 (Full time – 2016/17 fees)
A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.
|Start Date||September 2016|
Direct to the College. See the How to Apply tab for details.
|Application Deadline||Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.|
This unique Masters programme explores contemporary media and communications alongside the creative and professional practices that are central to the cultural industries. MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice 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 you to develop the intellectual abilities and gain the practical experience you need for employment within the rapidly changing media and creative industries.
MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice will provide you with a systematic understanding of major theories of media and communications. You will explore contemporary approaches to the media and creative industries and their social and economic contexts. You 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 you will visit galleries, exhibitions and cultural events, taking advantage of the College’s central London location. You will also benefit from an Industry Speakers Series, with opportunities for networking with industry professionals and creative.
Work-based learning is a central element of this course, with previous students gaining internships at London institutions such as the Tate Modern, Arts Catalyst, the British Council, Film London and the BBC. Alumni have gone on to work for BBC factual programming, the British Council, television production companies, branding consultancies, and to PhD study.
This course is taught within the School of Media.
Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
This course is taught in both Full Time and Part Time modes.
In the first week, there will be an induction programme, in which you will:
You will then begin two theory-focused units of study, which together provide a framework for subsequent activities and help you to initiate the independent learning crucial to Masters level study. Alongside these units you will participate in a series of media practice workshops taught by specialist staff.
In the Spring Term you will commence Visual Culture: Spaces, Places and Practices, which explores visual culture and its theorisation through a particular focus on space and place. This two-term unit culminates in the creation of a creative practice-based project.
You will also engage in the student-driven Collaborative Unit, working with students from either another UAL Masters course or with an external partner. Alongside these units you’ll benefit from a series of talks by industry practitioners such as creative producers, journalists, business advisors and curators.
In the Summer Term, the focus in Visual Culture turns to dedicated practitioner-led sessions. Professional Industry Practice provides an opportunity for critical reflection on employment in the creative industries.
We will support you in finding a placement or internship, and you will write a critical, reflective report based on this experience. Alternatively, you can choose to develop a research project with work-based applications. Research Methods workshops will enable you to begin working on your Major Project.
Building on the work you completed during the Research Methods Workshops, you will continue to develop your Major Project. In this project you will consolidate the knowledge and skills you have acquired, applying them to a topic of your choice, either through theoretical or practice-based research.
The content of the units in Part Time mode is the same as those described above in the full time version of the course.
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.
The course is led by Dr Rebecca Bramall and delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced educators drawn from a range of academic and professional backgrounds.
Course team members are active researchers in areas as diverse as cultural economy, film, photography, journalism and digital media. They also maintain links with organisations and networks across the cultural sector.
Students also benefit from interaction with industry practitioners, both in formal teaching sessions and during the Industry Speaker Series, the Collaborative Unit, and other elements of the course.
Graduates will be well suited to a range of careers in the media, communications or creative industries, as well as to research roles in the cultural and public sectors. Each year a number of our students progress to advanced postgraduate study.
We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career.
Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here.
Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.
UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:
Applicants will be considered for admission to the course who have already achieved an Honours degree in a relevant subject (as indicated below), or have achieved a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree.
Subject areas include:
If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you 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.
Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, they may be graduates of humanities, social science or art courses who feel they need to develop their interests in a specific area of cultural production or practice.
Alternatively, a number of students may wish to develop their theoretical and critical knowledge of the area, change direction professionally or extend their experience through theoretical interrogations of the field.
The course will also be relevant to those working in any of the following:
Students on the course may already have considerable experience within the above fields and wish to consolidate existing skills and knowledge, develop new abilities to support practice, or pursue a particular project or objective in the field of culture and communications.
In addition, some students come with the active backing of employers seeking to support staff development and bring a higher level of skill and theoretical knowledge into their workplace, or on their own initiative to develop the expertise necessary to enter their chosen field of work.
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the Study at UAL International pages.
Funding opportunities available for this course:
You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.
Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).
Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
Please say why you are applying for this course.
Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.
The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.
We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.
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