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Postgraduate

MA/MSc Computing and Creative Industry (Modular)

Students working in the teaching spaces at UAL Creative Computing Institute
Students working in the teaching spaces at CCI, 2019, UAL Creative Computing Institute © Ana Escobar
College
UAL Creative Computing Institute
Start date
October 2022
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.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course.

This course is also available to study in distance learning (online) mode. Please choose either in person or online mode when applying below.

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) represents an exciting opportunity to study with the CCI’s world renowned creative computing academics across a range of specialisms unique to the CCI. The course 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 title of this award reflects that the three core areas of Creativity, Computing and Industry are available to you to choose to study within the units on offer and we codify these as:

  • Creativity: How to ideate, develop concepts into prototypes, work with creative research methods and apply critical cultural understanding.
  • Computing: Skills in creative computing platforms and coding languages and the critical discourse of computing and society.
  • Industry: Applied creative computing in contexts, creative management and leadership, enterprise and employability.

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. Students on this course will also join a vibrant leaning community where creative technology, discourse and practice are shared in our CCI online communities giving access to CCI research staff, technical support and our vibrant open events programme some of which you can see on our youTube channel at http://youtube.com/ual-cci.

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Course units

Term One: (60 credits from the following)

  • 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 (20 Credits)
  • Intersectional Internets (20 credits)
  • Methods for Equitable Technology Development (20 credits)
  • Feminist Coding Practices (20 credits)

 

Term Two: (40/60 credits from the following)

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

 

Term Three: (40/60 credits from the following)

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

Term Four:  (40/60 credits from the following)

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

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods for the course are inherited from the contributing courses, and to enable students to demonstrate achievement against the unit learning outcomes, learning and teaching methods will include:

  • Project work
  • Peer learning & knowledge exchange 
  • Collaborative problem-solving & group work
  • Studio/lab-based practice & masterclasses
  • Industry visits & guest critiques
  • Lectures and seminars 
  • Online Synchronous live sessions
  • Online Asynchronous pre-recorded sessions
  • Flipped classroom approaches.
  • Reading groups
     

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy for the course are inherited from the contributing courses which have been designed in accordance with the principles of openness and collaboration that underpin the course. It is a flexible strategy that supports different pathways through the course. Assessment methods include:
 

Project portfolio comprising:

  •     Technical prototypes
  •      Pitches and presentations
  •       Documentation of collaborative processes (online, face to face and blended) 

 

  • Peer and self-assessment 
  • Critical essays and articles 
  • Exams and tests
  • Academic writing
     

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either the broad field of science and technology studies, computer science, data science, computing, a joint computer sciences and arts/humanities degree, or a closely related subject. Or, from a creative discipline with substantial computational practice.

  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Web Design
  • Communication Design
  • Digital Design
  • Product Design

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications in a design-related 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.
 

Selection criteria

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. 


Also, to show 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. 

Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject area and capacity for diverse research-led study at the intersection of technology, design, and ethics. 


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

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course.

Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

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.

Apply for in person mode
Apply for Distance Learning mode (online study)

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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at UAL Creative Computing Institute, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Start your application now

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:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on the course. 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.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course.

Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

There are two ways international students can apply:

Apply for in person mode

Apply for Distance Learning mode (online study)

You can only apply to the same course once per year.

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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at UAL Creative Computing Institute, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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.

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Start your application now

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:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on this course. 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.

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.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  Your application will be considered by an Academic Reviewer who may decide to make you an offer or reject your application.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,550 for in-person mode; £9,240 for online mode

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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 nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610 for in-person mode; £18,890 for online mode

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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 nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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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.