• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length1 year 3 months full-time (45 weeks across a four-term model) or 2 years part-time (90 weeks across a seven-term model)

MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

Applications closed
Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course are now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2017 for 2018/19 entry.

Explore contemporary media and communications alongside the cultural and creative industries on this unique Masters programme MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice.

About this course

You will be introduced to a range of critical and theoretical approaches, as well as practice-based work in audiovisual content production, social media and visual cultural practice. 

Work-based learning is an integral part of the 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.

Alumni have gone on to work for BBC factual programming, the British Council, branding consultancies and further PhD study. 

Link to interview with Dr. Rebecca Bramall, Course Leader of LCC’s recently updated MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice on the LCC Blog.
MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice students on a summer tour.


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 Media School.

Course units

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.

Full-Time mode

Autumn, Term 1

Units summary:

  • Media, Culture and Economy (20 credits)
  • Analysing Contemporary Media (20 credits)

In the first week, there will be an induction programme, in which you will:

  • Become familiar with the course structure and be introduced to effective strategies for studying at postgraduate level.
  • Meet the teaching team and fellow students.
  • Meet representatives from student and academic bodies including representatives of the Student UnionStudent Services and Learning Resources.
  • Become familiar with the geography and structure of the College with tours of the library and facilities.

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.

Spring, Term 2

Units summary:

  • Visual Culture: Spaces, Places and Practices (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Professional Industry Practice (20 credits)

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.

Summer, Term 3

Units summary:

  • Visual Culture: Spaces, Places and Practices (continued)
  • Professional Industry Practice (continued)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

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.

Autumn, Term 4

Units summary:

  • Major Project (continued)

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.

Part-Time mode

The content of the units in the Part-Time mode is the same as those described above in the Full-Time version of the course.

Year 1

Autumn, Term 1

Units summary:

  • Media, Culture and Economy (20 credits)

Spring, Term 2

Units summary:

  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Professional Industry Practice (20 credits)

Summer, Term 3

Units summary:

  • Professional Industry Practice (continued)

Year 2

Autumn, Term 1

Units summary:

  • Analysing Contemporary Media (20 credits)

Spring, Term 2

Units summary:

  • Visual Culture: Spaces, Places and Practices (40 credits)

Summer, Term 3

Units summary:

  • Visual Culture: Spaces, Places and Practices (continued)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Autumn, Term 4

Units summary:

  • Major Project (continued)

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.


Course Leader

Dr Rebecca Bramall

Programme Director

Adrian Crookes

Senior Lecturers

Dr. Jonathan Wright, Thomas Giagkoglou

How to apply

2017/18 entry
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

You can begin your application 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 course Entry Requirements section to learn about the application process, including detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process. 

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

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).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.

From January 2017 you will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

  • Personal statement
  • CV

The course leader will then review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application, from January 2017.

The admissions team will be in touch after that to let you know the outcome and to guide you through the next steps. 

Start your application now

Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Apply now for the full-time study mode of this course

Apply now for the part-time study mode of this course

PLEASE NOTE: the Part-Time mode of this course is not available to applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study.

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.

Entry requirements

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./p>

The course will also be relevant to those working in any of the following:

  • Creative industries
  • Cultural sector
  • Education (especially teachers of media studies and sociology at secondary level)
  • Individual creative practice

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.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required for this course, with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

For further information about visas and application advice please view the Study at UAL International pages.

Selection criteria

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  1. Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  2. Then they will scrutinise your personal statement and any previous work experience

Academic or professional reference are not required for this course.

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Practical experience of creating or producing media, or a demonstrable interest in developing creative practice-based skills
  • Experience of working in the media, cultural or creative industries, or a clear sense of the relevance of the course to career plans
  • Evidence of collaborative skills and an awareness of the opportunities and challenges of collaborative work

Personal statement 

In the application form you will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on the MA Media Communications and Critical Practice. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for media communications and critical practice, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.


Please provide a CV detailing your education and qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Interview advice

Applicants are usually interviewed by the course team before a place can be offered. Interviews will take place at LCC, or via Skype/telephone.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£8,500 (2017/18).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Home / EU and International students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

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Career paths

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.

UAL Jobs and Careers 

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.