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. Media studies at King's triumphed in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, rising to 4th in the UK (from 8th) and 37th in the world.
The strength of the Department's research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework where we were ranked first in the UK for research power.
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.
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 two Masters level degrees: MA Cultural and Creative Industries and MA Arts and Cultural Management. We also have a PhD programme.
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.