Applicants will be considered for admission to the course who have already achieved an Honours degree in a relevant subject (as indicated below), or have achieved a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree.
Subject areas include: Art and Design; Applied Art; Television and video production; Film Studies; Theatre Studies; Dance; New media; Museum Studies; or Curatorship; Media and Cultural Studies; Journalism; Business Studies; Humanities.
If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience.
Selection criteria Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, they may be graduates of humanities, social science or art courses who feel they need to develop their interests in a specific area of cultural production or practice. Alternatively, a number of students may wish to develop their theoretical and critical knowledge of the area, change direction professionally or extend their experience through theoretical interrogations of the field.
The course will also be relevant to those working in any of the following: Creative industries Cultural sector Education (especially teachers of media studies and sociology at secondary level); Individual creative practice. Students on the course may already have considerable experience within the above fields and wish to consolidate existing skills and knowledge, develop new abilities to support practice, or pursue a particular project or objective in the field of culture and communications.
In addition, some students come with the active backing of employers seeking to support staff development and bring a higher level of skill and theoretical knowledge into their workplace, or on their own initiative to develop the expertise necessary to enter their chosen field of work.
Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required for this course, with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the Study at UAL International pages.
Months of entry
This unique Masters programme explores contemporary media and communications alongside the creative and professional practices that are central to the cultural industries. MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice blends academic rigour with the opportunity to gain professional experience and to develop and enhance creative practice-based skills.
The course has been designed for postgraduate students considering a career in media, creative industry or the cultural sector, as well as those who want to work in research and education. It will enable you to develop the intellectual abilities and gain the practical experience you need for employment within the rapidly changing media and creative industries.
MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice will provide you with a systematic understanding of major theories of media and communications. You will explore contemporary approaches to the media and creative industries and their social and economic contexts. You will investigate how global and international perspectives, issues of diversity, equality and identity, and emergent environmental and ethical challenges relate to contemporary media production, circulation and consumption.
During the course you will visit galleries, exhibitions and cultural events, taking advantage of the College’s central London location. You will also benefit from an Industry Speakers Series, with opportunities for networking with industry professionals and creative.
Work-based learning is a central element of this course, with previous students gaining internships at London institutions such as the Tate Modern, Arts Catalyst, the British Council, Film London and the BBC. Alumni have gone on to work for BBC factual programming, the British Council, television production companies, branding consultancies, and to PhD study.
This course is taught within the School of Media.
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