Provides a critical understanding of the cultural and creative industries for graduates seeking a career in the arts or creative industries or for professionals wishing to enhance their existing knowledge and career prospects. Can also prepare students for doctoral research in culture, media and creative industries. Meanwhile, it is important to know that we are not a media, communications or journalism studies programme. If you wish to follow a career in these areas, MA CCI will only be relevant in so far as your interests relate specifically to the cultural and creative industries (e.g. performing and visual arts, cultural heritage, film and music).
This interdisciplinary programme allows students to examine the structure and history of the cultural and creative industries and explore practical and theoretical issues facing cultural entrepreneurs, professionals and policy-makers. It uses a range of analytical tools from sociology, history and cultural studies, and draws on teaching, research and professional expertise from both King's academics and professionals working in the field.
Core modules examine cultural theory and history and the nature of cultural industries and creative organisations.
Optional modules include
- Art of Management;
- Contextualising Creativity;
- The Creative City;
- "Creatives" working in the Cultural Industries;
- Culture and Commerce;
- Cultural Markets;
- Cultural Policy;
- Film and American Culture;
- Internship in the cultural and creative industries;
- Youth Subcultures;
- Music and American Culture;
- Digital Industries & Internet Culture;
- Fashion, Culture & Society;
- Bodies & Identities in Digital Media;
- The Aesthetic Economy & Aesthetic Markets;
- Gender, Media & Culture;
- Visual Culture
- Two modules on the contemporary museum taught at Tate Modern.
Students on the internship module undertake work experience in the arts or creative industries, and write a self-assessment looking at the skills, knowledge and motivation needed to build a career in these industries.
Previous students have interned at the National Theatre, Barbican Centre, British Council, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Screen Digest, The British Museum, CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency), MTV, Donmar Warehouse, Google and the V&A Museum.
Finally, students research and write a supervised dissertation on a chosen topic within the field.
Professor Andy Pratt, Dr Richard Howells
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus; occasionally other London locations.
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries including arts administration in local government, art marketing for a major cultural institution in London, editing a lifestyle magazine in the US, and researching for China's broadcasting industry regulator. Further career paths have included performing arts management, museum and gallery management, arts funding, cultural industries development, film distribution, freelance research and creative business development. A number of our students have gone on to do further academic research.
Year of entry 2013