The MA addresses the management of digital assets, an increasingly important area not just in public institutions such as libraries, archives and museums but also in the wider content industry such as publishing or social media. DAM consists of tasks and decisions surrounding ingesting, annotating, cataloguing, storage and retrieval of digital assets, such as text, video, audio and image files
- For our teaching, we draw on a wide range of expertise, offering insights into curatorial and archival practices of dealing with digital assets as well as into technologies and wider socio-economic questions such as rights and project management.
- The tutors offer unrivalled expertise in technologies and processes that allow the quick and efficient storage, retrieval and reuse of digital assets. They come from a diverse and highly interdisciplinary background, having run digital archives or worked in the digital industries in the past.
- Through the internship programme students can have direct access to some of the world's most important culture and media institutions.
- Close links and regular speakers from the content sector give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.
All institutions concerned with the effective management of their information and media assets, for example, museums and galleries; archives; media organisations; publishing houses; government and industry; healthcare and law firms.
Tobias Blanke 020 7848 1975, Simon Tanner 020-7848 2861 and Sheila Anderson 020 7848 1981
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Digital Humanities
31 August 2013
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year. Please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx
for information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
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The aim of the programme is to prepare students for future development and innovation in society and business that rely increasingly upon the effective management and exploitation of a wide range of complex digital information and knowledge. Managing this digital information is presenting significant challenges for organisations and as a consequence there is an increasing demand for professionals with expertise in digital asset management. The MA in Digital Asset Management responds to this demand for digitally literate professionals to work in education and heritage institutions as well as wider industry by equipping students with a range of strategic, technical and practical skills to provide direction and leadership in this area.
There are very few institutions of any size and in any area of activity that do not create and depend on the management, exploitation and long-term preservation of digital assets.
There are important considerations of curatorial and technical standards that arise throughout the 'digital resource life-cycle', from creation through management, access and dissemination to long-term preservation. These considerations and this life-cycle are the core subject matter of the MA programme in Digital Asset Management. We want students to acquire a great deal of practical knowledge, but even more we want them to develop their critical and reflective capacities, and to acquire an understanding of the inter-dependence between the developments in digital processes, technology and curatorial practice.
The MA takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach requiring students to explore and critically assess competing theories and practices from across library, archival, information science, and e-research thus providing a well-rounded understanding of the requirements across domains. Recent years have seen an explosion in the volume, complexity and range of digital content, often referred to as a data deluge or data tsunami, whilst government speaks of the digital economy as the engine of growth.
Reasons you should consider the MA in Digital Asset Management are:
- Cultural heritage organisations are digitising and making available digital materials relating to our history and culture.
- Archives and libraries are increasingly receiving born digital materials.
- Businesses rely on digital data and content to develop, run and manage their future prosperity.
- Research managers and data scientists work with large volumes of digital data, running experiments, simulations and visualisations.
- Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in managing these valuable digital assets.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Introduction to Digital Asset Management
- Metadata in Theory and Practice
- Digital Preservation Theory and Practice
- Digital Asset Management Systems and Architectures
- Digital Publishing
- Crowds and Clouds-Digital Ecosystems of Information
- Management in the Digital Content Industries
- Advanced Text Technologies
- Structured Data
- Material Culture of the book: digital models
- Material Culture of Art History and Archaeology
- Digital Visualization.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Lectures on theoretical topics; demonstrations; practical classes and exercises. The programme consists of a compulsory module worth 40 credits (Introduction to Digital Asset Management), options to the value of 80 credits, including an internship and a dissertation. Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
Module code: 7AAVDM01
Credit level: 7
This module provides a broad overview of key ideas and information, covering the range of challenges, processes and technologies in the design, creation, documentation, publication, management and preservation of digital assets. As well as acquiring a great deal of practical knowledge, students will develop their critical and reflective capacities, and acquire an understanding of the inter-dependence between the developments in digital scholarship, technology and curatorial practice.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 first degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline and/ or substantial work experience involving the creation and/or management of digital resources.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Your application will be assessed by two members of staff. Candidates with non-traditional qualifications or experience may be interviewed, either in person or by phone if overseas, and all applicants are welcome to call us to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March and over holiday periods.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please provide a personal statement of around 500 words, clearly explaining why you have chosen to apply for this specific MA, what you plan to do afterwards, and outlining your relevant experience.
AHRC, Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries, self-funded, employer-funded.
Digital Asset & Media Management MA
Recently I was been appointed as chair of the Teaching Committee at DDH and programme Director for the MA Digital Humanities and co-Director of MA Digital Assets Management. Previously I was member of the research staff at the Department of Digital Humanities and involved in many collaborative research projects such as the Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts, The Jonathan Swift Archive, CHARM- the AHRC Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music and many others.
My research interests are digital textual scholarship, modern manuscripts and genetic digital editions. Since 2007 I chair the Special Interest Group on Manuscripts of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), the standard for text encoding in the humanities.
In the MA Digital Humanities I teach the core module on 'Methods and Techniques', a module on 'Digital Publishing' and a skilled-based module called 'Advanced Text Technologies', all of them can be also taken as part of the MA in Digital Assets Management. All of these modules address what happens to texts when they meet computers, what the consequences are from a scholarly point of view and the implications for the users of digital texts.
The MA in Digital Humanities and in Digital Assets Management benefit from the presence of teachers which are all internationally renowned leaders in their respective fields, which engagement in the many DDH research projects bring to the students first-hand experience in how to do Digital Humanities. The Department of Digital Humanities has more than 20 years experience of innovative research in the field, representing the bigger centre for Digital Humanities in Europe and one of the biggest worldwide, both in term of number of researchers employed and research funding and I feel privileged to be part of such an outstanding research and teaching environment.