Taught course

Media, Communications and Critical Practice

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Media

Entry requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. MA Media Communications & 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.

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 media and communications.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique course fuses media theory with creative and professional practice. You will be encouraged to think critically about the role of media in the digital age, exploring problems and challenges through your engagement with key theories of media, culture and communication as well as a range of creative media practices.

You will gain a systematic understanding of major theories of media and communications and apply emergent concepts 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 also be encouraged to express your ideas and solve problems through a range of creative media practices. Working with images, texts 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.

Most practice-based projects will be collaborative in nature, and you will also have the opportunity to create individual creative work.

Professional practice is central to the course. You will be introduced to new perspectives on employment in the creative industries before participating in a work placement or industry-focused research project.

Previously students have benefitted from work-based learning with organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Vogue, Capitol Records, Tate Modern, the British Film Institute, Versace LA, Oxfam, Grazia, NME, GGHQ Fashion Intelligence, and Talk Radio.

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 creatives.

Alumni progress to employment across the creative industries, taking up roles in digital marketing, strategic communications, media production, content creation, trend forecasting, fashion intelligence, creative business incubation, cultural management and curation, and many other fields

Recent graduates have joined BBC factual programming, the British Council, Possible Worldwide (WPP), and Revolve Media, while others have continued their studies at doctoral level.

Information for international students

English language requirements - IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 6599