Summer: Creative Industries London

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Summer Study Abroad Students at LCC

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Summer Study Abroad Students at LCC.

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Summer Study Abroad Students at LCC.

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Summer Study Abroad Students at LCC.

Do you want to know how the design, media, film and communications industries make money from meaning? Join us and get an in-depth introduction to the creative industries, whilst exploring one of the most innovative cities in the world. 

You’ll get under the skin of contemporary communication as you learn about the creative economy - finding out how jobs are changing shape and have the chance to visit cultural clusters in the city. 

This course is perfect for you if you need to gain additional credit for Study Abroad programmes during the summer or are thinking of further study at UAL. 

Taught by: Sean McKeown, plus expert technicians and guest lecturers 


This three-week course is designed to give you a solid foundation in theory and an introduction to disruptive design, media and screen practices. You’ll take workshops in blogging, photography and video whilst learning in seminars about the networks of cultural power. 


  • 3 weeks, 75 class hours
  • 3 credits – to be awarded by home university
  • Included on Record of Study 
  • Collaborate with students from other courses
  • Evidence of intercultural competence


  • Lectures and seminars: creative economy, copyright and copyleft, promotional industries 
  • Workshops: blogging, DSLR photography and video making with smartphones
  • Visits: East London, creative cooperatives, Bussey Building and Museum of Brands
  • Individual project: Creative London 

Course Aims

  • To enable you to develop a critical understanding of developments in the media and cultural industries and their economic and political context and significance
  • To support you to present your research and ideas confidently – in writing, face-to-face and online
  • To introduce you to a range of contemporary media and communications practices 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Awareness of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, and the role of such industries in contemporary political and cultural life (Subject Knowledge)
  • Ability to critically analyse issues relating to the production, regulation and consumption of media and cultural artefacts (Research, Analysis)
  • Initiate and realise distinctive creative work in visual or other electronic media (Technical Competence)

Requirements for Assessment

  • Contribution to online media presence
  • Presentation of ideas and concept development 

Reading List and Resources

Please note this list is indicative and you won’t need to go out and buy any books until you have begun the course.

  • Carah, N. and Louw, E. 2015. Media & Society: Production, Content and Participation. London: Sage (especially chapters 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14)
  • Cottrell, S. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hesmondhalgh, D. 2013. The Cultural Industries. London: Sage
  • Oakley, K. and O’Connor, J. 2015. The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. London: Routledge

You may also want to have a look at Artefact, an arts and lifestyle magazine and website produced by students at London College of Communication.

Course Outline 

Week One:

The first week will introduce you to some of the key issues and questions relating to the creative industries: What is the relationship between culture and commerce? What is it like to work in the creative industries, and what are the politics of creative labour? Should culture be free? What is the future of the creative industries in an era of file-sharing and social media?

Through a series of practical workshops, you will be introduced to blog writing and DSLR photography. Our visits to sites of cultural production around London will allow you to start gathering the raw material for your blog.

Week Two:

In week two we will look at the way that the promotional industries have helped shape the media and the culture at large. We will also take an in-depth look at the state of two specific creative industries, music and television, and how they have adapted to the new digital media environment 

You’ll further develop your practical skills in workshops on videomaking with smart phones, and put these skills to use on research visits around London. At the end of the week you will be briefed on the Creative London project, which will form your assessment at the end of week three. 

Week Three:

In the final week of the module you will complete an individual project about the creative industries in London. In lectures and seminars we will discuss issues around gentrification, cultural entrepreneurship and the way that the creative industries have shaped the physical and social structure of London. We will visit some of London’s “creative hubs,” where the impact of the creative industries on the fabric of the city has been most profound.

There will be more workshops to help you develop your project on Creative London, and at the end of the week you will be assessed on the presentation of your project, giving you the chance to demonstrate the communication skills you have developed over the three-week course. 


Dr Sean McKeown is an Associate Lecturer for BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures. Sean studied Photography, Film and Television at Napier University, Edinburgh, and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, London. His teaching and research interests are focused on the relationship between culture and economy.

You will also be taught by specialist technicians and guest lecturers from the School of Media

Course Handbook

Please see the Handbook - Creative Industries London Module PDF [112kb] for more course information. Please note this handbook also applies to the Creative Industries London Study Abroad Module and is a draft copy - the content will be mostly the same, although dates and tutors may vary slightly.

Entry Requirements

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior study in design and drawing skills, but do not need to have studied animation before. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

Course Credits

The Creative Industries London course is worth 3 Credits.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your UAL classes will transfer back to your home institution. 
In order for your credit to transfer back to your home institution, you and your advisors should read through the course handbook together to have a clear idea about what you will be studying while you are here, before you travel to London. The module is accompanied by a Handbook - Creative Industries London Module PDF [112kb], which you and your home institution should use to determine credit transfer. 

The Creative Industries London course will be included on the record of study that you will receive at the end of your time abroad. 


If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form to contact the UAL Study Abroad team. 


DateDayTimeDurationCostLocation Apply

02/07/2018 - 20/07/2018

Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1900*LCCAPPLY 

 *Early-bird discount of 10% for applications received by 31 January 2018