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 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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

2017 Entry requirements

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Overview

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 modules 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 modules 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 modules, in sound recording, podcasting and broadcasting, that will enable them to enhance their skill-set.

This programme 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

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Structure

Programme Specification

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).


The formal elements of the MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries are:

  • The two compulsory modules Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries (15 credits) and the Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries (60 credits). The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries. It may either be on a theoretical topic or developed from the (below) "pathway" chosen by the student, and its has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.
  • Student must select a compulsory "pathway" module to the value of 15 credits from the Art, Music or Media pathway lists below. These modules allow students to develop their expertise in a chosen "pathway".
  • Student must select modules to the value of 45 credits from any available modules from the School of Arts but with recommendation for skills and internship modules from the list below. Practical skills modules can be chosen in multimedia (film/editing),sound recording and digital and broadcasting communications; while optional one of these module will be required if a student elects to take the optional 15 credits module Directed Study in Industry but lacks appropriate training on entry. This module allows students to undertake an internship with an institution, organisation or enterprise.
  • Student must also select modules to the value of 45 credits from the list of recommended options approved by the Programme Convenor, listed below. Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUH023 15 Term 1
Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUC998 60 Full Year
Music Pathway Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2
Art Pathway Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Media Pathway Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 15 Term 1
Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 15 Term 2
Skills and Internship Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Curating Cultures Cohort A 15PARH079 15 Term 1
Curating Cultures Cohort C 15PARH089 15 Term 2
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 15 Term 2
Directed Study in Industry 15PMSH023 15 Term 1
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 15 Term 1
Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 30 Full Year
Arab Painting 15PARH054 15 Term 1
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 15 Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 1
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Curating Cultures Cohort A 15PARH079 15 Term 1
Curating Cultures Cohort C 15PARH089 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018 0.5
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 15 Term 2
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Painting and Visual Culture in China 15PARC043 30 credits - 1.0 unit
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 1
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 15 Term 1
The Art of the African Diaspora 15PARC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern 15PARH058 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural 15PJKC023 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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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.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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