Taught course

Media Culture

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA course is a theoretical pathway which takes technical media as its object of study. Complementing the practice MA courses within the Media department of Manchester School of Art, its focus is on the theories and histories of screen, lens-based and digital media, the varied forms of creative practice that they support, and their ubiquity in contemporary culture and society. The course provides a critical and creative environment where media students, researchers, creative practitioners and professionals can conduct intensive, self-directed academic research with expert supervision.

The MA is structured to support you in developing, consolidating and executing a focused and substantial independent research project; this may take the form of a dissertation, or a project combining academic writing with creative media practice. For the MFA award, this work will be extended and you will provide evidence of an engagement with the appropriate professional sphere. Possible directions for these projects include:

  • Research and publishing projects at academic level;
  • Creative applications of the academic canon;
  • Curation, programming, interpretation and marketing in the fields of screen, lens-based and digital media arts.

MA Media Culture is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

Unit 1: Practice 1 Media: Project Synopsis

Unit 2: Choice of one option from the following (subject to change)

    • Contested Territories
    • Digital Futures
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Images and Archives
    • Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design
    • Negotiated Study
    • Object and Context
    • The Museum and The City
    • Writing Research and Funding Proposals

Unit 3: Practice 2 Media: Project Development

Unit 4: Professional Platforms

Unit 5: Practice 3 - Major Project (Media Culture, Filmmaking, Photography).

If you choose to progress to MFA Media Culture award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969