SOAS University of London

School of Arts

MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries

duration:
Full time: 1 calendar year Part time: 2 or 3 calendar years. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

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Overview

Start of programme: 2013-14

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Over the past decades the creative and cultural industries have become the focus of a huge amount of research and critical debate. As digitisation transforms the media industries, from music streaming to on-demand TV, there has been an increasing recognition of the economic and cultural value of art, museums, video games and 'heritage'. This programme offers the unique opportunity to critically analyse these developments in a fully global context, across the full range of School of Arts courses in Media, Music and Art and Archaeology.

Students can tailor their studies to focus on particular regions, art forms or themes, choosing from the wide array of courses that reflect the unique regional focus available at SOAS, and gain access to world-leading experts on the music, culture and traditions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Alongside critical analysis and regional expertise students can choose from a number of practical hands-on courses, in sound recording, podcasting and broadcasting, that will enable them to enhance their skill-set.

This course has been designed for those seeking to work in some capacity in the creative and cultural sector - either as an artist or producer, or in cultural policy, development or analysis. It also suits anyone looking to establish a research profile in Global Creative and Cultural Industries.

For further details, contact Dr Caspar Melville.

Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk

Convenors

Structure

The MA has a core component comprising two half-unit courses, the first (‘Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries’) taken by all students, and the second allowing students to develop their expertise in a ‘pathway’ (chosen from ‘The Music Business’, ‘Asia and Africa on Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturation’, ‘Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication’, ‘Global Film Industries’). Practical/skills courses can then be chosen in multimedia (film/editing), sound recording, and digital and broadcasting communications; while optional, one of these will be required if a student elects to take the optional half-unit course ‘Directed Study in Industry’ but lacks appropriate skills training on entry. ‘Directed Study in Industry’ allows students to undertake an internship with an institution, organisation or enterprise. Additional regional and theoretical courses are available from existing School of Arts and other SOAS MA/MMus programmes. The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries. It may either be on a theoretical topic or develop from the ‘pathway’ chosen by the student, and it has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.

Core Courses

In addition to the dissertation and the half unit "Analytical Approaches..." course, at least one further half unit Pathway course must be chosen.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUH023 0.5 Unit Term 1
Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUC998 1 Unit Full Year
Music Pathway Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 0.5 Unit Term 2
Art Pathway Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Curating Cultures 15PARH079 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 0.5 Unit Term 2
Museums, Anthropology and the Arts of Asia and Africa 15PARH072 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Media Pathway Course

Students on the Media pathway will take at least one of these two courses.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Skills & Internship Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Directed Study in Industry 15PMSH023 0.5 Unit Term 1
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 0.5 Unit Term 1
Optional Courses

Any remaining units may be chosen from this optional courses list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 1 Unit Full Year
Arab Painting 15PARH054 0.5 Unit Term 1
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) 15PMUC009 1 Unit Full Year
Central Asian Music 15PMUH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANC083 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANC084 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANC086 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANC087 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANC088 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of China 15PANC089 1.0 Unit
Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East 15PANC097 1.0 Unit
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 0.5 Unit Term 2
Curating Cultures 15PARH079 0.5 Unit Term 2
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Iranian media and film 15PMSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music in Development 15PMUC034 1 Unit Full Year
Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures 15PMUC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 0.5 Unit Term 2
Painting and Visual Culture in China 15PARC043 1.0 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Students will likely fall into two types. The first group will typically be interested in pursuing careers as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Such students will typically take advantage of the potentials to hone practical/core skills, to develop their knowledge base about creative and cultural industries in a global context, and to maximise the ‘Directed Study in Industry’ opportunity.

The second group will typically be more concerned with developing academic research in the creative and cultural sectors, and the intersections between industry, cultural policy and international development. Such students will most likely concentrate their programme of study on the regional and theoretical courses available.

The MA, then, is suitable for those seeking employment as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries, and for those who aspire to a Research degree.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Broad knowledge of the creative and cultural industries in the global context.
  • Detailed knowledge of the creative and cultural industries of Asia, Africa or the Middle East.
  • Through the choice of a ‘pathway’, specialist knowledge of creative and cultural industries as they pertain to music, media, film or art/archaeology.
  • Through the independent research and writing of a dissertation, profound knowledge of one pertinent aspect of the creative and cultural industries.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • To analyse and assess the creative and cultural industries.
  • To write critically about the creative and cultural industries, and about the music, media, film, or arts of Asia, Africa or the Middle East.
  • To read critically a wide range of sources, to critically appraise music, media, film and art sources, and to synthesise different perspectives.
  • To discuss and debate in seminar and tutorial contexts, and to present materials to peer groups.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Practical skills in one or more of film/video production and editing, radio and digital media skills, music recording skills.
  • To appraise and discuss the development and operation of the creative and cultural industries, with a focus on one or more of the music, media, film, art/archaeology components.
  • To read and critique the writing of prior researchers and commentators
Transferable skills
  • To understand and critique the development and operation of the creative and cultural industries.
  • The ability to address and understand non-Western creative and cultural industries, and thereby to have an openness towards non-Western cultures.
  • As an option, work experience through the ‘Directed Study in Industry’ course.
  • As options, practical skills in one or more of film/video production and editing, radio and digital media skills, and music recording skills.
  • To function effectively as a researcher of and contributor to the creative and cultural industries.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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