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Cultural & Creative Industries MA

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This multi-faceted course examines 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.


    Key Benefits
  • Located at the heart of London's arts and media industries.

  • Guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers provide up-to-date knowledge of current debates and trends

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 150 FT, 15 PT.

Course leaders Virginia Crisp

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Culture, Media and Creative Industries



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Cultural & Creative Industries is a unique interdisciplinary programme that draws on cultural theories, cultural history, digital culture, management, geography, cultural policy, gender and fashion. This exciting and contemporary course also makes use of our links with and proximity to Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute.

If you are seeking a career in the arts or creative industries, or if you are a professional looking to enhance your existing knowledge and career prospects, then this course is ideally suited for you. You can also use the training and skills we will give you to prepare for doctoral research in culture, media and creative industries. However, you should bear in mind that this is not a media, communications or journalism studies programme. If you want to follow a career in these areas, this programme will only be relevant in so far as your interests relate specifically to the cultural and creative industries, such as performing and visual arts, cultural heritage, film and music.

Course purpose

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 the culture, media and creative industries.  

Whilst the programme doesn't specifically cover media, communications or journalism studies it could 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).


Course format and assessment

Exams; essays; dissertation.


Year 1


If you are a full-time student, we will provide 140 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 1,674 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide 90 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and 50 hours in your second year. We will expect you to undertake 720 hours of independent study in your first year, and 954 hours in your second.


We assess our modules through a combination of essays and coursework. Your dissertation will account for a third of your final grade.

Required Modules
  • Contested Culture: Formations (20 Credits)
  • Analysing the Cultural and Creative Industries (20 Credits)
  • Research Approaches (20 Credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • Dissertation (MA Cultural and Creative Industries) (60 Credits)


  • Arts-based research Project (60 Credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take the first three modules in your first year, along with 40 credits from our list of optional modules (below). In your second year, you will choose either to take the Dissertation or Arts-based Research Project modules, along with 40 further credits of optional modules.

Optional Modules

Optional modules

Choose three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range of options that typically include:

  • Aesthetic Economy and Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
  • Art and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in China (20 credits)
  • Cultural Management in Small Arts and Cultural Organizations (20 credits)
  • Cultural Markets (20 credits)
  • Cultural Memory (20 credits)
  • Cultural Policy (20 credits)
  • Culture and the City (20 credits)
  • Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations (20 credits)
  • Cultures of Technologies (20 credits)
  • Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)
  • Entertainment Industries (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Arts and Culture (20 credits)
  • Fashion, Culture and Society (20 credits)
  • Film and American Culture (20 credits)
  • Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)
  • Inside Today’s Museum (20 credits)
  • International Heritage and Cultural Tourism (20 credits)
  • Media, Culture and Ethnicity (20 credits)
  • Museum Curating Now (20 credits)
  • Music and American Culture (20 credits)
  • Towards Tomorrow’s Museum (20 credits)
  • Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
  • Visual Culture (20 credits)

You may choose 20 Credits of modules from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Modern Language Centre, subject to approvals

You may also choose from a range of modules from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (notably the Department of Education and Professional Studies, and Department of Management), or the School of Law, subject to approvals.

We regularly review the list of modules we offer to make sure our programmes are as relevant and innovative as possible. Therefore, some modules may change, and we recommend that you check here for the most up-to-date information:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline. For those returning to study, evidence of appropriate experience will be required. 

Please note that a written personal statement ( emphasising both qualifying background and reasons for selecting this programme) will be required, in addition to a sample of academic writing should be submitted. For more detailed guidance please see the next tab, 'Applying, Fees & Funding'.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

To apply for a place on MA Cultural & Creative Industries, please go to King’s Apply (via the link above) to complete the online application. You must include the following supporting documents:

  • Two references from previous or current academic tutors
  • A complete or partial transcript of your first degree results. This is obtainable from your degree-awarding institution
  • A personal statement of 500 words (following the guidelines below)
  • Create a new piece of writing specifically for your application (see guidelines below).

If English is not your first language, and your degree was not taught and assessed entirely in English, we require relevant English language qualifications to be provided. Please note that we will still be able to consider your application even if you do not yet have an English language certificate. In this case, any offer made will be given on more the condition that you meet King’s College London's English language requirements, which will be detailed in your offer letter.

In assessing your application we will look for the following: academic capabilities: broad understanding of CCI; and interest and ability in studying CCI. Your academic interests should match the broad themes that inform MA CCI teaching, i.e. cultural theory and history, cultural production, cultural consumption and cultural governance. It is ideal that your career interests correspond to the sectors on which MA CCI teaching focuses including visual cultures, museums, popular music, film and digital culture.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants must submit both a personal statement and a responsive essay. The personal statement should explain why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. The personal statement should be a maximum of 500 words, if you submit a personal statement which is longer than this it will not be accepted, and you will be required to submit a shorter version, thus delaying application assessment.

The piece of writing you should submit must address ONE of the following options, and should be 2,000 words in length:

1. Write a reflective piece about an issue pertinent to the cultural and creative industries

2. Should governments subsidise the arts? Explain your answer using relevant examples to illustrate your points

Your essay will demonstrate your ability to:

- Investigate the topic/question

- Source apposite material

- Undertake original research

- Construct a coherent argument

Use appropriate evidence and source material to support your arguments, such as textbooks, journal articles, newspaper articles and internet sources. Please include AT LEAST five sources. Ensure that you cite these using the Harvard referencing system and provide a full bibliography at the end of your essay.

We will be using plagiarism software to check that your essay has not been submitted by another student or to another institution, either in whole or in part; if you are found to have plagiarised then your application will be immediately rejected. Our system will detect self-plagiarism, i.e. if you have submitted any portion of your essay to another UK institution; your essay must therefore be original and specific to this application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,825 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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