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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.

Overview

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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

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.

Music Pathway Course
Art Pathway Course
Media Pathway Course

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

Skills & Internship Courses
Optional Courses

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

Programme Specification

Teaching & 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.

A Student's Perspective

I really wanted to study History of Art and I knew that was my calling. After research, I found out that SOAS was a prestigious school with notable alumni and also that I could study History of Art and Law as a joint degree, which is perhaps the only school in the world that offers this at the BA level.

Guillaume Vandame