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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, history 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 arts or creative industries


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 Dr Red Chidgey

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

Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries



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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. 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 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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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

Regulating body
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Course are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries (40 credits)
  • Research Approaches (20 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • Dissertation (MA Cultural & Creative Industries) (60 credits)


  • Arts-Based Research Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

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

• The Aesthetic Economy (20 credits)
• Children, Media Industries & Culture (20 credits)
• Collecting Cultures (20 credits)
• Contextualising Creativity (20 credits)
• Cultural & Creative Industries in China (20 credits)
• Cultural Management in Small Arts & Cultural Organisations (20 credits)
• Cultural Markets (20 credits)
• Cultural Memory (20 credits)
• Cultural Policy (20 credits)
• Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy & International Relations (20 credits)
• Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)
• Entertainment Industries (20 credits)
• Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Arts & Culture (20 credits)
• Exhibitions, Identities and Politics (20 credits)
• Fashion, Culture & Society (20 credits)
• Festivals: Arts, Public Spaces & Communities (20 credits)
• Film & American Culture (20 credits)
• Future Memory: Creating Connected Worlds (20 credits)
• Gender, Media & Culture (20 credits)
• Inside Today’s Museum (20 credits)
• International Heritage & Cultural Tourism (20 credits)
• Media on the Move: Products & Power (20 credits)
• Museum Curating Now (20 credits)
• Music & American Culture (20 credits)
• Towards Tomorrow’s Museum (20 credits)
• Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
• Visual Culture (20 credits)

For more info visit our module pages.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Analysising the Cultural and Creative Industries (40 credits) along with 40 credits from our list of optional modules. In your second year, you will take Research Approaches (20 credits) and either the Dissertation or Arts-based Research Project modules (60 credits), along with 20 further credits of optional modules.

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

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

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

CCI Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

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

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.



Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £80 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

CCI checklist
Personal Statement Yes Applicants must submit both a personal statement and a writing sample. 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.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Writing Sample Yes Please see details below.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


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 is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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 Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £5,745 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,250 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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.

Career prospects

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, 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 further academic research.


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