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MA/MSc Computing and Creative Industry (Modular)

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College
UAL Creative Computing Institute
Start date
September 2021
Course length
1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

MA/MSc Computing and Creative Industry allows you to build your own postgraduate degree from units across our postgraduate courses at UAL Creative Computing Institute.

This course is dual delivery and is available as in-person or online mode.

This course is subject to validation meaning this course in in the final stages of formal approval.

Why choose this course at UAL Creative Computing Institute

  • Modular Study: On this course you can build their experience from units of study from the following courses MSc Creative Computing, MSc Data Science and AI in the Creative Industries and MA Internet Equalities. This allows you to access CCI expertise in a mix that supports your aspirations.
  • Critical engagement with technology: engagement with creative practice will also build your ability to self-reflect and think critically about your role in shaping the world
  • Institute Environment:  you will have access to purpose-built facilities and technical support, and exposure to creative computing research

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Course overview

MA/MSc Computing and Creative Industry (Modular) is a modular programme that enables you to study units from across the Creative Computing Institute (CCI) post graduate courses in a combination that suits you. For example, units available with this course come from MSc Creative Computing, MSc Data Science and the Creative Industries and MA Internet Equalities. This means you are able select that specific areas of study that interest you and tailor your post graduate experience at the CCI to support your career aspirations.

The name of this award reflects that three core areas of study across the CCI that are available to you to choose to study: Creativity, Computing and Industry. The study of creativity is available within practice-based project units where you apply computing skills to produced innovative creative outcomes. The study of Computing is available in units that target specific technologies such as machine leaning or natural language processing with common programming languages such as Python. The study of Industry is available within units that explore practical and critical concepts related to the social phenomena of computing and its impact on the ethical dimensions of products, services and culture. With the ability to select units of study across this range you are able to take account of your individual level technical ability, desire for critical engagement and your intended graduate path.

Further benefits of the course include; the ability to study with a range of peers on different CCI courses, access to dedicated CCI specialist course facilities and technical staff, access to a broad range of CCI academic across specialist subject areas.

Course units

Term 1

60 credits from the following units:

  • Creative Making: Advanced Physical Computing (20 Credits)
  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (20 Credits)
  • Coding One: Advanced Creative Coding (20 Credits)
  • STEM for Creatives (20 Credits)
  • Natural Language Processing for the Creative Industries  (40 Credits)

Term 2

40/60 credits from the following units:

  • Coding Two: Advanced Frameworks (20 Credits)
  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (20 Credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and
    Computational Environments (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Data Science (20 Credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Media  (40 Credits)
  • Computational Inequalities (20 Credits)
  • Designing for Responsible Innovation (20 Credits)
  • Human Rights and Computation (20 Credits)

Term 3

40/60 credits from the following units:

  • Platform Potentials (40 Credits)
  • Coding Three: Exploring Machine Intelligence (20 Credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and
  • Computational Environments (20 Credits)
  • Data Science in the Creative Industries (20 Credits)
  • Personalisation and Machine Learning  (40 Credits)

Term 4

  • MA Advanced Project (60 Credits)
    or
  • MSc Advanced Project (40 Credits)

Learning and teaching methods

  • Project work
  • Peer learning and knowledge exchange
  • Collaborative problem-solving and group work
  • Studio/lab-based practice and masterclasses
  • Industry visits and guest critiques
  • Lectures and seminars

Assessment methods

  • Project portfolio comprising of technical prototypes, pitches, presentations, documentation of collaborative processes (online, face to face and blended)
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Critical essays and articles
  • Exams and tests

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in the broad fields of arts and humanities or the specific fields of science and technology studies, computer science, data science, computing, a joint computer sciences and arts/humanities degree. We also welcome application from a creative disciplines with substantial computational practice.

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

Honours degree (as above).

Possession of equivalent qualifications in a computing, humanities, design or creative discipline.

Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Applicants without the required qualifications, but with professional experience may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in a specialist subject area to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject
  • A willingness to work as a team player
  • Good language skills in reading, writing and speaking
  • The ability to work independently and be self-motivated

We welcome non-standard applications from diverse applicants and subject fields and applications that make a strong case for how the course could be applied to the ambitions of the applicant in the pursuit of more equitable technology.

Making your application

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

Applications will open here shortly

Deferred entry

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Required information for postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing 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
  • CV (see below)
  • Personal statement (see below)

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, 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.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MA Internet Equalities. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course.

Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

Applications will open here shortly

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

Deferred entry

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Required information for postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing 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
  • CV (see below)
  • Personal statement (see below)

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, 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.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MSc Data Science and AI for the Creative Industries. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course.

Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all the information above.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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Careers and alumni

Career paths

Depending on your unit choice graduates will be well placed to work in the following areas:

  • Technology Development
  • Technology Policy
  • Technology Research
  • Creative Critical Practice
  • Digital Product Development
  • Digital Project Management
  • User Research
  • Creative Technologist
  • Creative Developer
  • Web Developer
  • UX Developer
  • iOS App Developer
  • Software Developer
  • IoT / Smart Products Developer
  • Front – End Developer
  • Digital Strategist
  • Live Events Technologist
  • Technology Researcher
  • Machine Intelligence Developer
  • Broadcast Technologist
  • IT Specialist
  • Digital Project Manager
  • Digital Entrepreneur
  • Digital Creative
  • Interactive Designer

A proportion of graduates may also wish to pursue PhD study.