Media and Creative Cultures, MA

Investigate comprehensive theoretical approaches to media in the modern world through this new interdisciplinary Master's in Media and Creative Cultures.

This MA in Media and Creative Cultures explores the latest digital and media research methods and helps you engage with critical materials and cultural developments. You'll not only analyse media, but also create and curate media, assisted by innovative research projects and visits to media institutions across London. You're also encouraged to engage with London's pioneering cultural and media scene, with its many festivals, exhibitions, installations, conferences and workshops.

Our Media and Creative Cultures MA is the result of several years of research in the fast-developing field of media and creativity. With roots in cultural studies, philosophy, political science, fashion studies, activism, and digital technology, the course offers a comprehensive approach to media in the modern world.

Department

School of Design

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

TBC

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • It offers an informed, critical and creative approach to communication, media, film and cultural studies. Explore the relationship between media and creative cultures within a cultural context.
  • You'll develop your research and creative abilities to a high standard, preparing you to engage with dynamic digital and creative cultural sectors.
  • The course will suit graduates seeking personal and professional development in the evolving media industry.
  • Combine theoretical studies about developments in media with collaborative work with creative industries across London.

Studying this course has been an eye-opening experience for me. I have been able to explore new topics and express my own interests within my work. The exciting variety of modules has given me an opportunity to build a diverse portfolio that I can use.

- Lucy Manley, MA Media and Creative Cultures Student

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Our lecturers are engaged in award-winning research projects, and have direct industry connections, which results in hands-on experience with the newest developments in media scene through seminars and workshops.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

You should have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant subject. 

If you have a good honours degree in another discipline, we may consider your application if your profile and motivation indicate a substantial interest in the fields of media and creativity. You will need an open mind towards interdisciplinary work and to be capable of theoretical and methodological rigour. 

You will need to provide a personal statement and academic/professional references indicating your suitability for the course. You should also consider areas of interest that you could explore during your studies, prior to attending an interview.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

  • Interview: in all cases, admission is dependent upon an interview to discuss your suitability to the course.
  • Language: If your first language is not English, you must have evidence of an IELTS score of 7 or higher.
  • References: Two academic/professional references indicating your potential for success on the course.

Personal statement

An appropriate personal statement (800-1,000 words) which outlines in general terms an area of interest that would provide the focus of study and with reference to the following guideline headings:

  1. A research area of interest or a provisional title
  2. Background experience directly or indirectly relevant to the proposed research area of study
  3. Consideration about how your research might be done (even though this may change later) and any possible outcomes
  4. Evidence of an initial exploration in the area of the project and reference to research that has already been carried out by yourself and/or others.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 10-15. This ensures a perfect balance during the seminars and allows deep learning and intellectual discussions during modules. This is also an ideal size for external work, field trips and gallery visits, of which there are many.

This means that the course is very competitive, and invites those who value quality research time and close-reading sessions.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

TBC

For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

If there any site visits or field trips, students may need to pay their own travel costs.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Our graduates follow a wide range of roles in media and creative industries, both in London and abroad. 

Some choose to pursue further careers as researchers and academics, continuing into PhD or other research projects. Some takes roles in media or cultural administration, heritage industries, publishing houses, lifestyle magazines, broadcast industries. 

Possible career paths include cultural and creative industries development, a variety or media roles, including in social media, freelance research, fundraising for cultural funds, activism, diversity for cultural industries, fashion project, festivals management and a variety of web-based projects.

Do you provide employability services?

The School of Design has an Employability Officer for postgraduate students to consult about opportunities relevant to the course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

The central Employability and Careers Service also provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We place great emphasis on our students' abilities to reflect upon and see their practical and theoretical work in a larger critical context. To this end, we sharpen writing and presentation skills through a variety of assignments that go beyond standard essays and reports. 

Our students hone their writing skills (journalistic, creative and academic) through descriptive, analytical and critical writing, presentations and hands-on use of digital media tools.

Support from the department

All students on creative courses at the School of Design get free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Lynda.com.

Each year we run second- and third-year graduate show where students showcase their best work.

Accommodation information

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A not to be missed online event celebrating the creativity and fortitude of the class of 2020. The range and the quality of the work on display here is outstanding. Show goes live on Friday 31 July.

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.