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MRes Creative Computing

College
UAL CREATIVE COMPUTING INSTITUTE
Start date
October 2020
Course length
1 year (45 Weeks)

Apply to start in October 2020

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2020/21 entry to this course.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to say at this point if places will become available before the autumn intake. Please check this page regularly as places may become available later in the cycle and if they do, we will reopen applications.

Coronavirus updates

All our courses starting in 2020/21 will be running as a mix of on-campus and online activities and will follow UK government safety advice. It may be necessary to make some adjustments to course delivery as a result of this. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.

For more information, read our guidance for prospective students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The MRes Creative Computing will give you a material understanding of computational technologies in the context of creative computing research.

Why choose this course at UAL Creative Computing Institute

  • High-quality research informed teaching: the course is significantly informed by the research themes of the UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI)
  • 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

Course overview

You will be introduced to innovative research methods, the knowledge domain of creative computing and research design in an interdisciplinary context.

The course specifically supports progression to MPhill/PhD both within the Creative Computing Institute and elsewhere. It is a good fit for someone looking to develop a research career in academia or industry. And for someone who wants to know how research is carried out in the interdisciplinary domain of creative computing.

As a student at the UAL Creative Computing Institute you will study in a specialist and research rich environment.

The Institute provides dedicated technical resources and access to an Institute wide lecture programme and further opportunities to engage with Institute researchers and practitioners through additional events, seminars and workshops.

By studying at the UAL Creative Computing Institute, you will join at network of creative researchers excited by the potential of computational technologies.

As an MRes student you will engage with the following core Creative Computing Institute research themes:

Creativity, Machine Learning and AI

Explores how a foundational technology of the 21st century can be used in creative ways and examines how people will act with such technologies in deploying their personal and collective creativity.

Human Computer Interaction

Explores how we behave with emerging technologies and what they will mean for products, services and culture

Platforms, Big Data and Digital Citizenship

Explores how the huge amount of data aggregated to the key platforms of our time can be understood, explored and contribute to a public discourse of a globalised and networked society.

Course units

Methods 1: Creative Computing Research Methods (20 Credits)

This unit introduces interdisciplinary methods for creative computing research. You will look at qualitative and quantitative methods including those from the fields of computer science and participatory design.

Methods 2: Domain Knowledge and Creative Computing (20 Credits)

An introduction to the key domains of knowledge at play in creative computing research. You will develop a literature review based on concepts developed in this unit.

Creative Coding for Research (20 credits)

A practical unit that develops key coding skills to support creative computing research and contains applied project work. You will be introduced to key tools and frameworks with which to undertake computing research.

Methods 3: Computational Research Ethics (20 Credits)

This unit looks at the key research methods for creative computing specifically including defined approaches to working with people and technology.

You will:

  • Be introduced to applied ethical frameworks for undertaking creative computing research
  • Develop a method statement and ethical evaluation for a proposed research project

Research Design and Experimental Data in Creative Computing (20 credits)

This unit will introduce you to innovative approaches to generating research data developed by Institute researchers.

You will:

  • Practically explore machine learning and creative AI in the context of creative computing research
  • Specifically explore research design with experimental data and tools

Research Project (80 credits)

You will undertake self-directed research project which will be submitted as a draft academic paper, a formal PhD proposal or a creative presentation of research with an accompanying thesis.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Studio/lab-based practice and masterclasses
  • Project work
  • Technical Tuition
  • Collaborative problem-solving and group work
  • Independent Study

Assessment methods

  • Project portfolio comprising of technical prototypes and presentations
  • Essays and reports
  • Exams

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 either the broad fields of:

  • Computer science
  • Science and technology studies
  • 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 such as:

  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Web Design / Development
  • Games Design / Development
  • 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.

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:

  • IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage)

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.
  • 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 computing and practice-based research

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 innovative approaches to research using computing.

Making your application

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2020/21 entry. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

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:

  • Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results).
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement.
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

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
  • Personal statement

Start your application now

The online application 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 press submit.

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Application deadline

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

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 Creative Computing. 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.

We are no longer accepting applications from international students for 2020/21 entry to this course.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to say at this point if places will become available before the autumn intake. Please check this page regularly as places may become available later in the cycle and if they do, we will reopen applications.

Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

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:

  • Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results).
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement.
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

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
  • Personal statement

Please note: we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Start your application now

The online application 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 press submit.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through one of our official representatives in your country

Application deadline

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

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 MRes Creative Computing. 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.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220 (2020/21).

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

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. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

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Progression discount

UAL alumni can receive a 20% tuition fee discount on a taught Masters course at UAL. Visit the progression discount page to find out more.

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Careers and alumni

Career paths

Graduates will be well placed to work in the following areas:

  • Technology Research
  • Academic Research
  • Creative AI
  • Creative Technology
  • User Research and Testing
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Research Software Development
  • Digital Product Development