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Summer: Creative Industries London

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Combine theory and practice to media and culture

Media and culture are not just about making meaning: they are also about making money. This course explores the consequences of the industrialisation of media and culture. We will look at the nature of work in the creative industries, and at the way that political decisions about ownership and funding influence the culture that we consume.

Taught by: Dr Emma Duester

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Summer: Creative Industries London will consider the rights and wrongs of copyright, the rise of amateur cultural production, and the way that advertising and branding industries have shaped the culture at large. The ideas explored during the course will be illustrated by case studies looking at the music, television and promotional industries.

The course combines theory and practice. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, and also practical workshops in photography, video-making and blogging.

One of the most important learning resources for the course will be the city of London itself, which has been transformed in recent years by the creative industries. Our visits to museums, cultural workspaces and creative hubs will offer opportunities to gather the images and information that will provide the raw material for your blogs.

Learn more about Summer: Creative Industries 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 be able 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

Dr Emma Duester

Emma is an Associate Lecturer for BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures and BA (Hons) Media Communications. Emma studies Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, Global Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a PhD in Media andCommunications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Emma’steaching and research interests are focused on the creative industries and pressures and precarities of work practices in the art industry in particular.

Please see the Handbook - Creative Industries London Module PDF (296KB) 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.

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior undergraduate study but do not need to have studied media or cultural theory 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.

Please bring with you

  • DSLR camera or smart phone with a camera
  • Sketchbook