Media and Creative Industries MA

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£10,250
International fees:
£17,500
Location:
London

Achievements

39th

in the world for Media and Communications

QS World Rankings 2017

£2M

Research Project

European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

Overview

Our MA Media and Creative Industries programme will enable you to develop a detailed understanding of media and cultural theories, history, cultural policy, gender, and social movements in one of the world’s principal cities for communications and media.

Our popular MA Media and Creative Industries programme examines the ways in which individuals, groups, and organisations produce, consume and use media to fashion identities and forge relationships.
 
You will develop a detailed understanding of media and cultural theories, whilst considering the influence of history, cultural policy, gender, language, race, sexuality and social movements. In addition, you will gain hands on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity, critical enquiry and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions.
 
You will learn from a passionate faculty of leading professionals and academics, offering a vibrant insight into the media and creative industries, through the sharing of specialised knowledge in information science, law, anthropology, political economy, political and social theory, ethnic studies and more.
 
Our location is ideal for the Institute of Media and Creative Industries to be located. London is the base for many of the UK’s leading newspapers, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, and The Economist. In the audio-visual sector, London is headquarters to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation, and BT Sport.

What makes this programme different?

  • Study with the UK's #1 university for media (Guardian University Guide, 2018)
  • Discover the latest developments in media and the creative industries
  • Learn from globally-recognised academics with expertise in a range of areas
  • Learn inside one of the world’s principal hubs for media and communication
  • Study in the world's top destination for careers in the media and creative industries

Who should study this programme?

If you are looking to pursue media and communication roles within public, private or third-sector companies, ranging from sport, gaming and technology, to press, policy and community led initiatives, then this programme is for you.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University.

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What you'll study

You will learn from the most influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators, exposing you to the latest theories and developments from across your discipline.

Modules

Compulsory modules

With a multi-talented group of students you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem.
 
Together with your student team, you will research and build solutions to a business problem, supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. Previous clients include Foster + Partners, Speedo, The London Legacy Development Corporation as well as many other companies, start-ups and charities.
 
The Collaborative Project provides a means for you to engage in critical enquiry and to be exposed to project-based teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings. By undertaking this module, you will strengthen your cooperative and collaborative working skills and competencies, whilst raising your awareness and appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity and differences.
 
The Collaborative Project aims to provide you with a hands-on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice-oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions. Alongside the collaborative elements of the module, you will be provided with opportunities to network with stakeholders, organisations and corporations, which will give you the experience and skills needed to connect to relevant parties and potentially develop future employment opportunities.
 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:
  • Work effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams;
  • Undertake and contribute towards a project-based development process;
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and creative methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems at hand;
  • Identify user and stakeholder needs and value creation opportunities, whilst collecting and applying evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate insights, practices and solutions;
  • Identify, structure, reflect on key issues and propose solutions to problems in creative ways;
  • Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives;
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders;
  • Plan and execute a project plan including scope, resources and timing;
  • Effectively communicate ideas, methods and results to a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Use multiple, state-of-the-art date media and technologies to communicate with collaborators;
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 20% Group project proposal
  • 20% Individual reflection
  • 30% Final Project Report
  • 30% Project deliverables to the client
Our Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives module will include teaching of the following topics:
  • Defining media and creative industries;
  • Ownership, concentration and control in media and creative industries;
  • Innovation and technological change;
  • Media and creative markets;
  • Business models in media and creative industries;
  • Copyright;
  • Global media cities;
  • Clustering of media and creative industries;
  • Media and cultural policy.
  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to key critical debates relating to the economics of media and creative industries and their social, cultural and political implications.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Understand how and why the media and creative industries have been defined;
  • Understand the importance of industrial structure in media and creative industries;
  • Understand the implications of innovation and technological change for media and creative industries;
  • Understand changing business models in media and creative industries;
  • Understand the importance of copyright and how this is affected by technological change;
  • Understand why media and creative industries cluster in particular spaces and cities;
  • Understand the globalisation of media and creative industries;
  • Understand media and cultural policy;
  • Identify, debate and evaluate relevant critical perspectives on media and creative industries;
  • Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions of contrasting perspectives;
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and creative industries;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice ;
  • Understand the behaviour of firms in media and creative industries;
  • Understand emerging trends in media and creative industries;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework
The module includes lectures and guided study into topics such as:
  • The creative industries
  • The history of media technologies
  • Media and intellectual property law;
  • Media policy;
  • Media organisational structures;
  • The development, creation, production, distribution and exploitation of media content.
  • The aim of this module is to present and debate the structure, features and professional practices of the UK and global media landscapes. The module aims to explore a range of different media and creative industries from both professional and academic perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Identify the key characteristics and trends of various media sectors;
  • Analyse the main elements in the value chain of various media sectors;
  • Identify the key historical moments in the development of mass and online media;
  • The nature and context of working in these sectors.
  • Ability to synthesise acquired information in essays/'industry briefs' which address key challenges for the media and creative industries
  • Make use of feedback on the substance and presentation of these briefs-
  • Write concise `industry briefs'.
  • Engage in conversation with media professionals;
  • Meet weekly deadlines;
  • Write according to strict deadlines;
  • Produce short, well written texts that are informative to others.
  • Be able to engage in dialogue with media and creative industry professionals
  • Be able to respond creatively to contemporary challenges facing the sector

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
 
10% Mini reports
90% Report
This module will include teaching on topics such as:
  • Approaches to media and creative industries research;
  • Standardised questionnaire design;
  • Methods of sampling
  • Document-based research;
  • Conducting qualitative interviews;
  • Analysing quantitative data using SPSS;
  • Analysing qualitative data through thematic analysis;
  • Developing multi method research strategies.
  • The aim of this module is to become familiar with a range of methodologies for the analysis of structure, operation and output of media and cultural industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Analyse a range of methods applicable to the study of media and creative industries, cultural texts and reception;
  • Situate particular social, textual and industry research methods in relation to other research practices;     
  • Show through explanation and/or discussion the tensions that divide particular research methods and the benefits that can be derived from their combination;
  • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to appraise their wider analytical value and significance;
  • Link empirical findings to wider theoretical debates concerning creative industries, media production and reception;
  • Understand how to collect primary data;
  • Understand how to analyse data;
  • Know how to find and evaluate scholarly sources;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in speech and writing;
  • Synthesise scholarly and primary sources for use in argument;
  • Understand the relevance of research to media and creative industries;
  • Be able to conduct primary research relevant to media and creative industries;
  • Skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing);
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage a self-directed piece of research, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework
The Dissertation module will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark on your own research project. You will have the choice of three dissertation pathways:
  • A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of your choice
  • A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  • An Internship within an organisation, during which time you will complete a project as part of your role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
  • By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you will achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and will produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in more detail.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The importance of project planning;
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis or research question;
  • The ethical implications of research;
  • The relevant empirical data and methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area;
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data;
  • The areas of expertise or publications of the major individuals or organisations in the subject or business area;
  • The previous research or current knowledge in the specific subject or business area;
  • Theoretical perspectives relevant to your chosen topic;
  • The most effective methods of presentation for data or knowledge;
  • Developing a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area;
  • Synthesising relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data) to construct a coherent argument in response to your research question, hypothesis or business problem;
  • Analysing primary or secondary data collected by an appropriate method;
  • Critically evaluating data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information;
  • Engaging in critical debate and argumentation in written work;
  • Applying principles of good scholarly practice to your written work;
  • Performing appropriate literature searching/business information searching using library databases or other reputable sources;
  • Planning a research project and producing a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines;
  • Synthesising information from appropriate sources;
  • Demonstrating rational use of research method tools;
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills;
  • Demonstrating effective project planning skills;
  • Finding and evaluating scholarly sources;
  • Engaging in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Demonstrating effective report writing skills;
  • Recognising and using resources effectively;
  • Successfully managing a project from idea to completion;
  • Demonstrating commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 20% Literature review
  • 20% Research proposal
  • 60% Dissertation report/essay

Second subject modules

You will pick a subject from the list of nominated Second Subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University London Institutes. Second Subject Module options may include the following:

This module will include teaching of the main themes that underpin media and marketing, including the evolution of media and marketing in a sport context, the practices and techniques for effective sport media and marketing, the types of media and marketing, and consumer and fan engagement.
 
The aims of this module are to be introduced to key concepts in sport media and marketing and to develop understanding of the nature of sport media and marketing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Assess the major theories, principles, and concepts surrounding sport media and marketing;
  • Apply techniques and practices involved in conceptualising and developing a marketing plan;
  • Gather, analyse, and present sport media and marketing ideas and concepts;
  • Apply sport media and marketing principles that can be utilised in different sport environments;
  • Demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility;
  • Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally.

Assessment

  • 40% Sponsorship Pitch
  • 60% Marketing Plan
The module will include: visualization, using imagery to envision possible future conditions; journey mapping, assessing the existing experience through the customer's eyes, using customer oriented data collection techniques; value chain analysis, assessing the current value chain that supports the customer's journey; mind mapping, generating insights from exploration activities and using those to create; design criteria; brainstorming, generating ideas; rapid concept development, assembling innovative elements into a coherent proposition that can be explored and evaluated; rapid ‘prototyping', expressing a new concept in a tangible form for exploration, consumer testing, and refinement; consumer testing; and storytelling.
 
The aim of this module is to enhance your ability to use design approaches and tools for identifying and implementing human centred innovation opportunities. You will be expected to deploy knowledge learned in this module into the parallel running Collaborative Project module.

Learning Outcomes

The module will introduce you to a systematic design-based approach aimed at identifying and implementing user centered innovation opportunities.
 
On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Identify when and how to use range of Design Thinking tools;
  • Select appropriate tools to inform project development;
  • Appropriate use of the Design Thinking tools in a parallel module;
  • Develop communication skills in diverse teams;
  • Develop a systematic approach to tackle complex projects;
  • Apply tools in a project context;
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Understand how to tackle `wicked' problems;
  • Deliver a succinct presentation to communicate key facts.

Assessment

  • 10% Presentation
  • 20% Peer Feedback
  • 70% Report

Optional modules

The module content will include teaching on different theories of globalization, global and ordinary cities and place-identity, as well as key themes for urban communication;.These will be explored through specific examples and case studies such as: electronic spaces, place-making, urban regeneration, migrant and ethnic economies, fortress city, cities as texts, representation of cities in different media formats and consumption practices in cities.
 
This module explores the relationship between media, communication and the city by focusing on a variety of scenarios and case studies. These case studies will be framed within contemporary theories in sociological media and cultural analysis (specifically globalization, cities and places). The aim of this module is to invite you to critically reflect about the centrality of media in urban life. It will explore cultural production, representation and consumption practices in urban contexts; and representations of urban settings in different media texts and formats.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data;
  • Understand and evaluate complex arguments;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and oral presentations to academic and non academic audiences;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Understand the role of media in modern urban life;
  • Understand emerging trends in urban communication;
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of main debates to a particular setting;
  • Be able to plan and organise material in a timely manner, demonstrating independence, initiative and ability to work collaboratively;
  • Carry out independent observations on contemporary urban environments and feedback into the classroom with the aim of critically reflecting upon the conceptual material;
  • Theoretical approaches relevant in the analysis of media and cities;
  • The links between media and cities in different cultural contexts;
  • The importance of media in shaping and representing cities;
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices;
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing case study;
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and cities;
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field;
  • Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and cities, critiquing and synthesising the insights gained in your own analytical work;     
  • Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry;
  • Analyse how media is produced, represented and consumed;
  • Discuss and evaluate transformations in urban environments in different cultural contexts and relate to theories of globalisation, place and identity;
  • Discuss self-designed research and the issues it raises reflexively.

Assessment

  • 20% Presentation
  • 80% Coursework
The topics covered as part of the teaching of this module will include: comparing contribution of creative industries to national income and employment internationally; examining international trade in creative goods and services; examining the development of transnational production of creative goods and services; examining the development of international media and cultural policy; discussing theories of cultural imperialism, globalisation and soft power.
 
The aim of this module is to allow you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the media and creative industries through comparing their development internationally.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Understand how and why the media and creative industries have developed nationally and internationally;
  • Understand the growth of transnational media corporations;
  • Understand the economic and cultural importance of trade in cultural goods and services;
  • Understand the implications of innovation and technological change for the internationalisation media and creative industries;
  • Understand the globalisation of media and cultural policy;
  • Identify, debate and evaluate relevant international perspectives on media and creative industries;
  • Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions of contrasting international perspectives;
  • Use these perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and creative industries internationally;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the behaviour of companies in media and creative industries internationally;
  • Understand emerging international trends in media and creative industries;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework
This module will cover a range of approaches to studying media audiences, users and markets, developed both within academic research and in the media and creative industries. Content will include: public debates about media audiences, users and markets; key theoretical paradigms in media audience research; the history of research and debate on media audiences; methodological and ethical issues in research design and analysis; the implications of new digital media for audience behaviour and for research; practices of market research within the media and creative industries.
 
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the major theoretical and methodological issues at stake in researching people's engagement with media, as audiences, users and consumers. The module examines the historical evolution of audience research; the key theoretical paradigms in the field; the practice of market research, and how it is employed within the media and creative industries; methodological and ethical dimensions of research; and the implications of new media technologies, both for the experience of audiences/users/consumers and for the practice of research. Case studies will be presented by visiting speakers from relevant organisations in the media and creative industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Understand the major research trends in the academic study of media audiences, including social-psychological and Cultural Studies perspectives;
  • Understand the aims, methods and practices of market and consumer research within the media and creative industries;
  • Understand the methodological choices entailed in studying media audiences, and their implications and consequences for research findings;
  • Understand the implications of new media technologies for audience/user behaviour, and for the practice of audience and market research;
  • Identify and debate relevant theoretical perspectives on media audiences, users and markets;
  • Describe and evaluate methodological procedures and practices used in this field;
  • Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions and methodologies employed in specific research studies;
  • Analyse emerging trends and critically evaluate received wisdom in the field;
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data;
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the working practices and methods employed in relevant sectors of the media and creative industries (e.g. market research);
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing);
  • Plan, organise and manage a self-directed research case study, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 30% Report
  • 70% Essay
The module will cover definitions of labour and work; theoretical approaches to understanding labour and work; definitions of creative labour and work; the emergence of media and creative work; continuities and changes in media and creative work; comparisons of media and creative work in different industries and in different countries; factors affecting contemporary wages, terms and conditions in the media and creative industries.
 
This module will help you understand the continuities and changes in work and employment in the media and creative industries internationally.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Understand the theoretical frameworks for understanding work and labour in media and creative industries;
  • Understand the definitions of creativity;
  • Understand the major trends in employment internationally in the media and creative industries;
  • Understand the continuities and changes in the wages, terms and conditions of those working in media and creative industries;
  • Identify, debate and evaluate relevant theoretical on media and creative labour and work;
  • Understand the development of media and creative work historically through applying these frameworks;
  • Use these frameworks to analyse emerging trends in media and creative work;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the behaviour of media and creative workers;
  • Understand emerging trends in media and creative work;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
  • Plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:

  • 30% Report
  • 70% Coursework
Combining key theories from critical theory, cultural studies, film, gender studies and communication studies, the module will explore processes and practices of production and re-production of social identities making emphasis on said productions on digital media, paying special attention to questions of racism, colonialism and capitalism.
 
The aim of this module is to examine media representations of social identities with particular focus on gender, race, class and sexuality and its intersections.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The ways gender, race, class and sexuality identities are shaped by and shape digital media;
  • The critical theories and approaches with which to evaluate media in terms of race/ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, age, sexuality, and/or ability;
  • How the complexities of power relations and social justice influence how race, class, gender and sexuality and depicted, built and sustained in digital media;
  • Critical awareness and cultural sensitivity as it relates to professional media practices and with which to build community, civic engagement, and character in everyday life;
  • Media depictions of race, class, gender and sex from a multidisciplinary perspective while demonstrating an understanding of how these images can significantly impact individuals, society and culture;
  • The complexities of power relations and social justice influence media depictions of race, class, gender and sex;
  • Identify and debate relevant theoretical perspectives on the construction of social identities in context of digital media;
  • Describe and evaluate impact of digital technology on the production, re-production and circulation of social identities;
  • Apply and evaluate the impact of media images in the formation of personal identity and how we view others;
  • Analyse how the complexities of power relations and social justice influence how race, class, gender and sexuality and depicted in media;
  • Systematically assess the aims, motivations and effectiveness of the social and political uses of digital media;
  • Analyse emerging trends and critically evaluate received wisdom in the field;
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices;
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study;
  • Evaluate methodologies used in both academic and market research, and develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation;
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field;
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data;
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing);
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage a self-directed research case study, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 30% Report
  • 70% Essay
Our Media and Social Movements module will include teaching ion the following topics: Theories on "new" media, global media systems, legal and governmental frameworks, surveillance, social-movement, alternative media practices, transnational capitalism.
 
The module will introduce you to the issues around media and social movements, by tracing the theoretical evolution of media and social movements, understanding media within broader social movements in historical processes rather than merely focusing on media technologies or impact media. The module seeks to cover topics on control of media systems on different regions of the world, alternative media practices, anti-imperial protest, non-aligned movements and media and national sovereignty.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:
  • Analyse and identify theories and trends about media and social movements;
  • Contextualise media within specific historical and political conditions;
  • Interrogate media’s systems in different regions of the word and its connection to people’s democratic struggles;
  • Understand debates around new information technologies including social media and their relation to social change;
  • How the media systems are organised and structured;
  • The links between current environmental and social issues and media technologies;
  • Importance of media in geopolitical conflicts;
  • Identify and evaluate alternative media systems;
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices;
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study;
  • Evaluate methodologies used in academic research to develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation;
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and social movements;
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field;
  • Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, critiquing and synthesising the insights gained in your own analytical work;
  • Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry;
  • Discuss and evaluate transformations in digital media and their social, political, economic and cultural contexts and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence;
  • Discuss your self-designed research and the issues it raises reflexively;
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data;
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Manage time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the impact of digital media on culture;
  • Understand emerging trends in digital media;
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality

Assessment 

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 30% Report
  • 70% Essay
The module will include: theories of technologies, empires, shifting understandings of technology, medium specificity, capitalist development, media archaeology, science studies, media ecologies and digital objects.
 
The aim of this module is to introduce "new" forms of media as it traces back from mid-century to the present, rather than locating "new" media as an eruption, the module looks at the development of "new" media within historical continuity. It examines printing press, telegraph, telephone, radio & television and Internet within different historical, cultural and political moments, giving a historical and philosophical approach to digital media technology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Understand the concept of technology;
  • Understand and critically use history in the context of digital culture;
  • Analyse and evaluate existing media artefacts and technologies;
  • Apply historical concepts to the study of digital media;
  • Understand the roots of communication in different media from radio to television and the differences and similarities from today’s digital transition;
  • Understanding of how digital media technologies impact the media industry;
  • Apply historical, cultural and theoretical concepts to the study of digital media;
  • Identify the historical and cultural context of digital media;
  • Identify the major theoretical traditions that contribute to scholarly discourse about digital media;
  • Apply theoretical concepts to specific digital media works;
  • Relate new media culture and technology to its historical context;
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices;
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study;
  • Evaluate methodologies used in both academic and market research, and develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation; design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field;
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
  • Manage your time and resources effectively;
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;
  • Understand the relevance of the historical approach to media technology;
  • Be able to conduct primary research relevant to media technologies;
  • Utilise skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing);
  • Plan, organise and manage a self-directed piece of research, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • 30% Report
  • 70% Essay
Our Media cultures of South Asia module covers a broad range of topics relating to media and socio-cultural practices in South Asia. In conjunction with the rise of South Asia as an important centre of global commerce and politics it has also developed a vibrant popular culture industry over the past several decades with enthusiastic consumers across the world.
 
This module examines the development and academic significance of various forms of popular culture from multidisciplinary perspectives and in South Asian contexts including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. In this topical and theoretical module, you will explore those forms of South Asian media cultures that have drawn scholarly attention including:
  • Cinema and television drama;
  • Fashion and celebrity;
  • Pop music and advertising;
  • Folk and street culture;
  • Gender and Sexuality;
  • Cyberculture.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:
  • Develop a critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches and trends for exploring South Asian Media Cultures;
  • Critically evaluate the role of media in contemporary South Asia;
  • Critically evaluate the significance of South Asian media within a global discourse;
  • Articulate concepts, debates and case studies related to media culture in South Asia;
  • Show an application of critical concepts to the analysis of popular culture in South Asia;
  • Demonstrate the impact of South Asian media cultures in a global perspective;
  • Appraise and assess critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in South Asian media;
  • Demonstrate a depth of critical and analytical thinking in relation to South Asian media cultures;
  • Critically evaluate complex problems and apply reasoned thinking and ideas;
  • Engage with key scholarship in media and cultural studies of South Asia;
  • Analyse how South Asian media is produced, represented and consumed;
  • Evaluate the academic significance of studying South Asia as a global region;
  • Critically assess South Asian media cultures within the context of a global media discourse.

Assessment

100% coursework consisting of:
  • 80% Essay
  • 20% Group Presentation
This module provides a fascinating introduction to the principal issues surrounding media law and policy, including the sources of law, intellectual property, the creation and transfer of intellectual property rights, media finance, free speech, privacy and defamation, content and spectrum regulation, competition law and international regulation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The fundamental legal concepts underpinning the media industries;
  • The creation, role and use of intellectual property in media;
  • The significance of the trade in media rights;
  • How media rights are transferred;
  • How media rights are used to drive the financing of media projects;
  • The key debates in content regulation over free speech, privacy, defamation, hate speech, blasphemy and other forms of control;
  • The way in which the regulation of access to media remains important even in the internet age;
  • The role of competition law and regulation;
  • The role of international organisations, laws and treaties in regulating the media.

Assessment

  • 50% essay
  • 50% exam

How you'll be assessed

You will complete a combination of written and practical assessments, which may vary depending on the module choices you make. You can expect to complete essays and reports of varying lengths, as well as presentations, proposals and pitches in some cases. For information about the assessments you will be expected to complete for each module, please see the compulsory and option module lists for this programme.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Future career prospects

Graduates from MA Media and Creative Industries are highly-qualified to work in a variety of media and communication roles within the public, private or third-sector, ranging from sport, gaming and technology, to press, policy and community-led initiatives.
 
Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MPhil or PhD programme.

Your personal development

Enterprise Through the Curriculum is an intrinsic element of every master’s programme at Loughborough University London and has been carefully designed to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream role. From employability profiling to live group projects set by a business or organisation, and from site visits to organisation-based dissertation opportunities, Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s experience.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£10,250
International:
£17,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Karen Liu

Student, MA Media and Creative Industries

The most important draw for me is the structure of the programme. It is really well developed and provides a great overview of the subject.

Vanessa Sarpong

Student, MA Media and Creative Industries

Because I studied my A Levels in one of East London's Growth Boroughs and I was an underemployed graduate, I received 100% towards my fees!

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