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Cultural & Creative Industries MA

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Our multi-faceted course examines the structure and history of the cultural and creative industries and explores practical and theoretical issues facing cultural entrepreneurs, professionals and policy-makers. Using a range of analytical tools from sociology, media and cultural studies, the course draws on teaching, research and professional expertise from both King's academics and professionals working in the field. Ideally suited for students looking for a career in the cultural, media and creative sectors.

Key benefits

  • Departments of Culture, Media & Creative Industries & Digital Humanities – jointly ranked in top 10 in UK (REF 2021). 100% of the departments’ research impact and research environment were rated as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Located at the heart of London's arts and media industries.
  • Online guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers provide up-to-date knowledge of current debates and trends.

Cultural & Creative Industries is a unique interdisciplinary course that draws on cultural theories, cultural history, digital culture, management, screen studies, geography, cultural policy, gender and fashion.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

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 traditional media, communications or journalism studies course. If you want to follow a career in these areas, this course 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, games and music.

Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we usually have a dedicate member of the academic staff (although this is not guaranteed due to Covid-19) who assists students interested in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities offered by our cultural partners or other organisations across London. In parallel to the programme, previous students from within the Department have succeeded in independently securing internships at a wide variety of arts and cultural institutions, including 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, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer.

As part of the Research Approaches and Dissertation module, students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation with a Cultural Partner pathway, organised with external arts, media and heritage organisations. The collaborative dissertation project enables students to work with a cultural partner on a live research brief that informs their final MA dissertations. Previous dissertation partners include Battersea Arts Centre, Black Live Theatre, Arts Council England, Dash Arts, King’s Cultural Institute, Live Cinema, Glyndebourne, Mahogany Opera Group, Lambeth Archives, OnRoad Media, Royal Society, Arts Cabinet, Iconem, and Greater London Authority.

Teaching

This is a one-year full-time course (two years part-time) that comprises of modules totaling 180 credits. Your compulsory modules provide a foundation for the master’s and the diverse optional modules on offer will appeal to a wide range of subjects as well as giving you the opportunity to discover new areas of study. Alongside taught lectures, seminars and workshops in semesters one and two you will be expected to undertake additional hours of self-study each week. In semester three, you will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project, for which we will provide supervision guidance.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include written and video essays, reports, individual and group presentations, proposals, reviews, dissertation and collaborative and creative research projects. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits.You are required to take:

    Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries: Theories, Definitions, Debates (30 credits)
    Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries: Policies, Creativity, Labour (30 credits)
    Research Approaches and Dissertation (60 credits) choosing from the following pathways:

    Choose one of the following: i) Traditional Dissertation Pathway ii) Collaborative Dissertation with Cultural Partner Pathway iii) Creative Research Project Pathway

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates take the skills and knowledge they develop with us to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries. Our previous graduates have taken up roles in arts administration in local government, 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 further academic research.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, 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
    • travel costs around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    Cultural & Creative Industries is a unique interdisciplinary course that draws on cultural theories, cultural history, digital culture, management, screen studies, geography, cultural policy, gender and fashion.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    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 traditional media, communications or journalism studies course. If you want to follow a career in these areas, this course 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, games and music.

    Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we usually have a dedicate member of the academic staff (although this is not guaranteed due to Covid-19) who assists students interested in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities offered by our cultural partners or other organisations across London. In parallel to the programme, previous students from within the Department have succeeded in independently securing internships at a wide variety of arts and cultural institutions, including 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, which gives you an idea of the exciting opportunities on offer.

    As part of the Research Approaches and Dissertation module, students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation with a Cultural Partner pathway, organised with external arts, media and heritage organisations. The collaborative dissertation project enables students to work with a cultural partner on a live research brief that informs their final MA dissertations. Previous dissertation partners include Battersea Arts Centre, Black Live Theatre, Arts Council England, Dash Arts, King’s Cultural Institute, Live Cinema, Glyndebourne, Mahogany Opera Group, Lambeth Archives, OnRoad Media, Royal Society, Arts Cabinet, Iconem, and Greater London Authority.

    Teaching

    This is a one-year full-time course (two years part-time) that comprises of modules totaling 180 credits. Your compulsory modules provide a foundation for the master’s and the diverse optional modules on offer will appeal to a wide range of subjects as well as giving you the opportunity to discover new areas of study. Alongside taught lectures, seminars and workshops in semesters one and two you will be expected to undertake additional hours of self-study each week. In semester three, you will be expected to devote approximately 600 hours of independent study to your MA dissertation project, for which we will provide supervision guidance.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include written and video essays, reports, individual and group presentations, proposals, reviews, dissertation and collaborative and creative research projects. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits.You are required to take:

      Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries: Theories, Definitions, Debates (30 credits)
      Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries: Policies, Creativity, Labour (30 credits)
      Research Approaches and Dissertation (60 credits) choosing from the following pathways:

      Choose one of the following: i) Traditional Dissertation Pathway ii) Collaborative Dissertation with Cultural Partner Pathway iii) Creative Research Project Pathway

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates take the skills and knowledge they develop with us to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries. Our previous graduates have taken up roles in arts administration in local government, 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 further academic research.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, 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
      • travel costs around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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