Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Please note: The part-time mode of this course is no longer running. Please contact us using the course enquiry form if you have any questions about the course structure.
Autumn, term one
- Media, Culture and Economy (20 credits)
- Analysing Contemporary Media (20 credits)
In the first week, there will be an induction programme, in which you will:
- Become familiar with the course structure and be introduced to effective strategies for studying at postgraduate level.
- Meet the teaching team and fellow students.
- Meet representatives from student and academic bodies including representatives of the Student Union, Student Services and Learning Resources.
- Become familiar with the geography and structure of the College with tours of the library and facilities.
You will then begin two theory-focused units of study, which together provide a framework for subsequent activities and help you to initiate the independent learning crucial to Masters level study.
Alongside these units you will participate in a series of media practice workshops taught by specialist staff.
Spring, term two
- Media, Mobility and Culture (40 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
- Professional Industry Practice (20 credits)
In the Spring Term you will commence Media, Mobility and Culture which involves the development of a practice-based project.
In Professional Industry Practice you will undertake some form of industry-based experience or develop a research project with work-based applications.
You will also engage in the student-driven Collaborative Unit, working with students from either another UAL Masters course or with an external partner.
Alongside these units you’ll benefit from a series of talks by industry practitioners such as creative producers, journalists, business advisors and curators.
Summer, term three
- Media, Mobility and Culture (continued)
- Professional Industry Practice (continued)
- Major Project (60 credits)
In the Summer Term, you will also begin a programme of research skills training workshops and tutorials, and continue with dedicated practitioner-led sessions embedded into the Media Mobility and Culture unit.
We will support you in finding a placement or internship, and you will write a critical, reflective report based on this experience. Alternatively, you can choose to develop a research project with work-based applications. Research Methods workshops will enable you to begin working on your Major Project.
Autumn, term four
- Major Project (continued)
Building on the work you completed during the Research Methods Workshops, you will continue to develop your Major Project. In this project you will consolidate the knowledge and skills you have acquired, applying them to a topic of your choice, either through theoretical or practice-based research.
Learning and teaching methods
- Lectures/large group learning
- Workshop and seminar learning
- Academic tutorials
- Self-directed learning
- Outside speakers and visits
- Assessed assignments
- Practical project work.
- Prepared writing.
- Responses to case studies.
- Oral and audio-visual presentation.
- Creative work.
- Written research projects.
- The creation of a portfolio of work, which may contain a number of different activities.
- Major Project.
Changes to courses
Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services; in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, respond to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.
Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which leads to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.
If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us using the course enquiry form.