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MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

College
LCC
Start date
October 2020
Course length
1 year 3 months full-time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

Applications closed 2020/21

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

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.

Explore media and communications theory and creative practice and discover your future as a media professional in this unique Masters programme.

This course is subject to revalidation, which is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Scope: You will strengthen your skills in critical thinking by tackling a wide range of emergent challenges in the media, communications and creative industries.
  • Work-related learning: You will enhance your professional experience by completing a work placement or an industry-focused research project.
  • Creative critical communication: You will learn how to activate critical and innovative perspectives in diverse forms of creative communication.
  • Personalisation: You will be encouraged to select topics, media and methods of enquiry that reflect and develop your own interests, with students addressing issues ranging from the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the fashion industry to the influence of Instagram on our travelling experience.

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What is MA Media Communications and Critical Practice?

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Course overview

MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice integrates the study of media theory with creative and professional practice.

You will be encouraged to think critically about the role of media in the digital age, exploring emergent problems and challenges through your engagement with key theories of media, culture and communication alongside a range of creative media practices.

You will gain a sound understanding of key theories of media and communications and apply your knowledge and critical perspective to a wide range of case studies. You will investigate how global media production, circulation and consumption relate to issues of diversity, equality and identity, as well as to environmental and ethical challenges.

You will be encouraged to express your ideas and solve problems through a range of creative media practices. Working with images, texts, sound, and data, you will learn how to produce different types of media content for different purposes, and explore the social and cultural impacts of your interventions.

What can you expect?

  • High quality, interactive teaching, in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, and external visits.
  • Dynamic project briefs, relevant to emergent issues in the media and communications sector.
  • Introduction to a range of visual and print-based creative media skills, including video production, blogging, podcasting, and digital image production.
  • Access to the college’s Kit Room and Digital Space, and support in using technical resources.
  • Opportunities to implement practice-based projects through collaboration with students from other courses and/or partners outside the university.
  • Flexibility in your programme of study, through the selection of preferred topics, media, and methods of enquiry.
  • Opportunities for networking with industry professionals and creatives, through our Industry Speakers Series.
  • Individual support from lecturers who are active in research and/or creative practice.
  • Visits to galleries, exhibitions and/or cultural events, taking advantage of the College’s central London location.

Work experience and opportunities

Professional practice is a key element of the course. You’ll be introduced to new perspectives on employment in the creative industries and be supported in organising a work placement or implementing an industry-focused research project.

Previous work placement hosts include:  

  • Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
  • AKA Promotions
  • BBC World Service
  • British Science Association
  • The Canary
  • Dazed
  • GGHQ Fashion Intelligence
  • Grazia
  • IPR London
  • NME
  • Talk Radio
  • twelveNYC
  • United Nations
  • Unity PR and communications agency

Mode of study

MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice is in Full Time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study.

Course units

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.

Autumn, term one

Units summary:

  • ·         Analysing Contemporary Media (20 credits)
  • ·         Media, Culture and Economy (20 credits)

In the first week, an induction programme will familiarise you with the course structure and introduce you to effective strategies for studying at postgraduate level.

You will meet the teaching team and fellow students, along with representatives from student and academic bodies. You will also become familiar with the geography and structure of the College with tours of the library and facilities.

You will then begin two introductory units of study, which together provide a framework for subsequent activities and help you to initiate the independent learning crucial to Masters level study.

Analysing Contemporary Media introduces you to key theories of media and communication, which will help you to think about what ‘media’ are and why they are integral to contemporary societies. You’ll demonstrate your learning in a review essay and through the development of a podcast. Media, Culture and Economy introduces economic models in the creative industries and explores the ways in which these models shape the production of media content. You’ll create a blog and a short ‘branded content’ film as part of this unit’s assessment. Alongside these units you will participate in a series of media practice workshops taught by specialist staff.

Spring, Term 2

Units summary:

  • ·         Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • ·         Media, Mobility and Culture (40 credits)
  • ·         Professional Industry Practice (20 credits)

In the Spring Term you will engage in the student-driven Collaborative Unit, working with students from either another UAL Masters course or with an external partner. In previous years, School of Media postgraduate students have exhibited work developed in this unit in the Capital City, Visible Justice and Our Algorithmic Lives exhibitions and public programmes.

You will also commence Media, Mobility and Culture, which explores the role of media technologies, platforms and representations in the production and mediation of space, place and mobility. The unit links theory and practice through embedded practitioner-led sessions. These will support your development of an individual media artefact which responds to ideas addressed in the unit. Students have created films, photo series, models, digital media, and other diverse media work for this assignment.

In Professional Industry Practice, you will be introduced to new perspectives on employment in the creative industries. With our support, you will search for and organise a work placement or implement a work-related research project. As part of this unit you’ll benefit from a series of talks by industry practitioners such as content creators, journalists, public relations professionals , communications practitioners and curators.

Summer, Term 3

Units summary:

  •           Media, Mobility and Culture (continued)
  • ·         Professional Industry Practice (continued)
  • ·         Major Project (60 credits)

In the Summer Term, you will continue with Media, Mobility and Culture. You will implement your work placement or work-related research project for the Professional Industry Practice unit. You will also benefit from a programme of research methods workshops and tutorials which will enable you to begin working on your Major Project.

Autumn, Term 4

Units summary:

  •          Major Project (continued)

Throughout the summer break and in the final term you will continue working on your Major Project. In this project you will consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the course, applying them to a topic of your choice, either through theoretical or practice-based enquiry.

Topics addressed by students in recent years include:

  • Fashion and artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain based advertising in China
  • The influence of Instagram on travelling experiences
  • User engagement with immersive event brands
  • Pop culture feminism
  • Science podcast listening
  • Extinction Rebellion's branding strategies
  • The visulisation of radio
  • Nigerian YouTube and its African audiences
  • Fan communitiesof reality television shows

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures: these larger group sessions provide you with an overview of a particular topic, clarify key terms, and impart a framework for subsequent discussion.
  • Seminars: these smaller group sessions enable you test out ideas you have recently learnt, ask questions, expand your knowledge and gain peer and tutor feedback.
  • Workshops: practical sessions encourage you to experiment with a skill or technique relevant to the area of study. You will be able to share your understanding with others and obtain guidance from lecturers to identify solutions to practical and theoretical problems.
  • Academic tutorials: individual and small group assistance is provided by lecturers to support you in your understanding and application of theory and skills. This is important for clarifying the requirements for assessed work.
  • Self-directed learning: you will undertake considerable independent study at home or using college facilities. Self-directed learning will involve reading and research and the preparation of assignments to extend knowledge and promote self-efficacy.
  • External speakers and visits: these will deliver perspectives on contemporary issues and professional challenges.
  • Assessed assignments: these develop key skills and assess attainment of the learning outcomes.

Assessment methods

  • Practical project work
  • Prepared writing
  • Responses to case studies
  • Oral and audio-visual presentation
  • Creative work
  • Research reports
  • The creation of a portfolio of work, which may contain a number of different outputs
  • Major Project

Approximately 15% of assessments are group tasks, and 85% are individual tasks. Excluding the Major Project, approximately 60% of assessment tasks are theory-based and 40% are practice-based.

Staff

Rebecca  Bramall

Dr Rebecca Bramall

Course Leader, MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

Zoetanya  Sujon

Dr Zoetanya Sujon

Programme Director, Communications and Media

Berfin  Emre Cetin

Dr Berfin Emre Cetin

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media

Thomas  Giagkoglou

Dr Thomas Giagkoglou

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Media Communications

Sara  Marino

Dr Sara Marino

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media

Chiara  Minestrelli

Chiara Minestrelli

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Lab Ky Mo

Lab Ky Mo

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Corinne  Silva

Dr Corinne Silva

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures and MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

Jonathan  Wright

Dr Jonathan Wright

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

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

MA Media Communications and Critical Practice attracts applicants from a variety of backgrounds. While some may have studied media, culture or communications before, others join the course with a background in business, marketing, economics, law, history, languages, the social sciences, and many other fields. 

We also welcome applicants with an educational background in art or media practice.

The course will also be relevant to those who are already working in the creative industries or related fields, as well as those engaged in individual creative practice. Alternatively, they may be looking to move into this sector through the career development opportunity that a Masters can offer.

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

Selection criteria

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of practical experience of creating or producing media, or a demonstrable interest in developing creative practice-based skills
  • Experience of working in the media, cultural or creative industries, or/and a clear sense of the relevance of the course to your own career plans
  • Evidence of collaborative skills and an awareness of the opportunities and challenges of collaborative work

Making your application

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

Deferring your place

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.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

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.

Application deadline

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

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, 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.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

Extra information required for applications to this course

There are no additional items (portfolio or study proposal) required for this course.

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 Media, Communications & Critical Practice. 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 for 2020/21 entry to this course. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

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

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.

Deferring your place

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
  • 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 an overseas representative in your country.

Application deadline

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

External student transfer policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, 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.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

Extra information required for applications to this course

There are no additional items (portfolio or study proposal) required for this course.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

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 Media, Communications & Critical Practice. 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.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal. Please log into the portal, as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, and you can contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

Interview information

After you have submitted your application, the course leader will then review your work, may invite you to interview or interview you via Skype, and will then make a decision on your application.

The admissions team will be in touch soon after that to let you know the outcome, and to guide you through the next steps.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Fees and 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. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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.

Scholarships and awards

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

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Careers and alumni

Graduates will be well suited to a range of careers in the media, communications or creative industries, as well as to research roles in the cultural and public sectors. Each year a number of our students progress to advanced postgraduate study.

Alumni