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Digital Culture & Society MA

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Overview

Our course gives you a unique opportunity to explore the many forms of digital culture and their profound effects on society from a number of different angles. It aims to develop your skills in forming your own assessments of digital technologies and their impact on society and culture.

Graduates of this course will gain the tools required to understand how digitisation and internet technologies have shaped and are shaping modern culture.  Leads to careers in cultural heritage, libraries, museums, galleries and commercial organisations.


Key Benefits

  • Develop an understanding of the role and impact of digital technologies in contemporary culture, broadly interpreted to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, law and education.

  • Study digital technologies within an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural framework, combining modules from participating departments.

  • Obtain on-the-job training in a month-long internship within a relevant organisation.

  • Take field trips to major London cultural institutions, such as Tate Modern, National Gallery, Institute of Archaeology and the BBC Archives.

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 No set number.

Course leaders Dr Paolo Gerbaudo +44 (0)20 7848 1576, Dr Mark Coté and Dr Btihaj Ajana

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 Digital Humanities

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Course detail

Description

On this Digital Culture & Society MA course you will focus on how technology and culture are connected in today’s society. We broadly interpret this to include such areas of activity as performing arts, telecommunications, information technology, philosophy, law and education. We aim to develop and enhance your awareness and understanding of a range of subjects relevant to digital culture and technology, including:

  • The key information and communication technologies that shape contemporary society.
  • The key developments in contemporary cultural expression, specifically how these are driven, mediated or influenced by digital technologies.
  • The role of digital technologies in the study of culture and cultural artefacts from the past.
  • How digital technologies are shaping today’s society, including social intercourse, social structures, government, international politics, education and law.
  • The current critical and theoretical debates around digital culture and the role of technology in cultural life.
  • The ethical, moral and philosophical issues that arise from the role and impact of technology in cultural and social life.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspxProgramme brochure. www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/study/publicity/madcs.pdf

Course format and assessment

Teaching
If you are a full-time student, we will provide 120 to 180 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. 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.

Assessment
We will assess our modules entirely through coursework, which will mostly take the form of essays, with some project work.

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

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Digital Culture & Society (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Web Technologies (20 credits)
  • Communication & Consumption of Cultural Heritage (20 credits)
  • Open Culture (20 credits)
  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • Editorial Models for Digital Texts: Theory & Practice (20 credits)
  • Maps, Apps & the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities (20 credits)
  • Metadata Theory & Practice (20 credits)
  • Crowds & Clouds – Digital Ecosystems (20 credits)
  • Digital Media, Digital Marketing (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Management in the Broadcast Media (20 credits)
  • Curating & Preserving Digital Culture (20 credits)
  • Digital Asset & Media Technologies in Practice (20 credits)
  • Management for Digital Content Industries (20 credits)
  • Internship: Digital Culture & Society in the Workplace (20 credits)
  • Youth Subcultures (20 credits)
  • Music & American Culture (20 credits)
  • Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)
  • The Aesthetic Economy & Aesthetic Markets (20 credits)
  • Visual Culture (20 credits)
  • Cultural Memory (20 credits)
  • Ontologies of Digital Media (20 credits)
  • Fashion Culture & Society (20 credits)
  • Culture & the City (20 credits)
  • Art and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)
  • Creatives: Working in the Cultural Industries (20 credits)
  • Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits)
  • International Heritage – Politics, Policy & Practice (20 credits)

  • Digital Culture & Political Protest (20 credits)
  • Cultural Policy (20 credits)
  • Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy & International Relations (20 credits)
  • Film & American Culture (20 credits)
  • Media Culture & Ethnicity (20 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from other master’s modules that the Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers, subject to approvals

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Digital Culture & Society in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. Part-time students will take 60 credits of taught modules (one full year module and one semester only module) in their first year and 60 credits of taught modules (three semester-only modules) and the dissertation in their second year.

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

Digital Culture & Society MA Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in English, or a related 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 C 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.

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 applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

DC&S checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please provide a writing of around 500 words, answering the following questions:

Briefly explain why you are applying for this specific programme and how it fits with your future plans? (max 250 words)

How does your experience and education make you a suitable candidate for this programme? (max 250 words)

Please write these questions as separate answers, with a clear title for your answer to each question. Documents where your answers are not clearly titled and separated will not be accepted.

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.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their 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 UK fees: £9,900 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,940 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time UK fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,970 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.

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/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 transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in cultural heritage institutions, such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries and in commercial organisations interested in the social and organisational impact of technology.

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