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About Culture, Media and Creative Industries

Professionals of the new (and old) knowledge economies require a theoretical and historical understanding of their structure and development, as well as a critical approach to identities, cultural and creative processes and practices, as well as management and policy issues. The Department of Culture Media & Creative Industries (CMCI) seeks to develop and nurture such knowledge through education and research. We work in an international context, and aspire to be world leaders in the field.

What we do

The cultural and creative industries, including visual and performing arts and the media, publishing and film industries, are increasingly being recognised as underpinning local, national and regional economies and societies; this supplements a more traditional (public) cultural policy which is increasingly interdependent with the cultural and creative industries. There are few dedicated research centres, departments or programmes of study in the world that examine this intersection of the cultural and socioeconomic spheres and their histories, peoples and practices in a coordinated fashion, or that provide on a broad basis the kinds of knowledge that might facilitate careers in these industries. CMCI seeks to occupy this position.

Teaching

CMCI's students come from most countries in the world, and it is a strong contributor to the international flavour of King's more generally and to the student experience of study in CMCI. CMCI offers 3 Masters level degrees:MA Cultural and Creative Industries, MA Digital Culture and Society (in association with Digital Humanities), and MA/MSc Creative CIties (in association with Geography). We also have a PhD programme. In an average year we have around 160 full time Masters students, and 20 PhD students.

Whilst there is continual press speculation, and even denigration, of the field of academic training covered by media, cultural studies and the creative industries the evidence points to an opposite picture. The latest "What Do Graduates Do?" survey of over 200,000 ex-students in UK universities reveals that media graduates have among the highest employment rates of all fields of study. Entry into work in the cultural industries remains one of the most competitive fields of all employment.

King’s College London is ranked 19th equal in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 800 global higher education institutions published today (10 September 2013). This top 20 ranking is an improvement for King’s of seven places since last year. During the same period, King’s retained its position of 6th in the UK for the third year running. Under the broad faculty areas reviewed by QS, Arts & Humanities at King’s are ranked 14th in the table (up 20 places from 2012).

Research

CMCI is committed to exploring a trans-local analyses of the cultural and creative industries. CMCI aspires to place equal weight to the range of experiences and practices of cultural production and use, and to be sensitive to the situated practices of cultural expression. This means looking at the intersections of fields of practice and policy, theory and empirics, formal and informal, public and private, for and not-for profit. Our research is characterised by this unique interdisciplinary vision, and by unique and world leading research outputs, and impact. CMCI has 11 teaching staff, plus visiting post-doctoral scholars, and visiting international staff, as well as 2 post-doctoral teaching fellows. CMCI is proud to be part of the AHRC Creative economy hub; a research programme funded to the tune of £5 million.

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