Taught course

Global Creative and Cultural Industries

SOAS University of London · History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

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Months of entry


Course content

Offered by the Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies, (CCIMSS) this programme is aimed at students who are interested in learning about the history, theory and practices of the cultural economy through a global lens.

Combining theoretical engagement with questions like the value of culture, the commodification of art and sustainability, diversity and precariarity in the cultural economy, with a focus on learning through making, that will enable students to undertake successful careers within the cultural economy.

Core and compulsory modules explore the history of debates over cultural value and the cultural market, with focused modules on the global film industry and the global music business. Students are encouraged to apply the theoretical perspectives they have learned to practice, to learn through making in skills-based courses in podcasting, sound recording, and curating.

The Directed Study in Industry module enables students to undertake work placements in relevant creative industries and/or to develop their own entrepreneurial projects. Access to the range of guided options in SOAS’s unique music, history of art and media modules means that students tailor their own course of study to suit their particular interests, skills and ambitions.

Why study MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS?

  • SOAS is ranked 13th in the UK for Arts and Humanities (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • you will have access to the CCIMSS - an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre within the school of arts with expertise in film industries, popular music, digital media, animation and media theory
  • you are eligible for an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, Amsterdam or Leiden as part of the Southeast Asian Art study tour (must enrol on Southeast Asia's Art Histories I and II)
  • we partner with the British Council to offer a School of Arts student one fully funded residency at the annual Venice Architecture Biennale
  • make use of our range of audio production studios including a music recording studio, podcasting studio and voiceover studio
  • students can tailor their studies to focus on particular regions, art forms or themes, choosing from the wide array of modules that reflect the unique regional focus available at SOAS
  • gain access to world-leading experts on the music, culture and traditions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia
  • alongside critical analysis and regional expertise, choose from a number of practical hands-on modules, in sound recording, podcasting and broadcasting, that will enable you to enhance your skill-set

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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