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MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries (2021 entry)

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Study Global Creative and Cultural Industries

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries programme offers the unique opportunity to critically analyse developments in a fully global context, across the full range of School of Arts modules in Media, Music and Art and Archaeology. 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'. 

The MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries programme will suit different types of students:

  • those 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.
  • students 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.

For further details, contact Dr Caspar Melville.

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Why study MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked in the World Top 50 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities
  • 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
  • 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, choose from a number of practical hands-on modules, in sound recording, podcasting and broadcasting, that will enable you to enhance your skillset.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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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 2021/22

UK fees:
£10,680
Overseas fees:
£21,980

Fees for 2021/22 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

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Structure

Structure

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

Occasionally the availability of optional modules changes as a result of staffing and other circumstances. Students who had signed up for such modules will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to choose from available alternatives.

Programme

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUC998 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUH023 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Global Film Industries 15PARH098 15 Term 1
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2
AND

Choose modules from the Guided Options List below to the value of 45 credits

AND

Choose modules from the list of recommended Optional Modules List below to the value of 30 credits.

List of modules (subject to availability)
Guided Options
Module Code Credits Term
Directed Study in Industry 15PMSH023 15 Full Year
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Curating Cultures Cohort A 15PARH079 15 Term 1
Curating Cultures Cohort B 15PARH088 15 Term 2
Podcasting 15PMSH022 15 Term 2
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 15 Term 2

Curating Cultures Cohort A (15PARH079) and Curating Cultures Cohort B (15PARH088) cannot be taken together.

Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Key Themes in Hip Hop Studies 15PMUH032 15 Term 2
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
Theory and Method in Art History 15PARH097 15 Term 1
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
Music in Morocco: Saints, Shrines and Scrolls 15PMUH033 15 Term 1

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional. 

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

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.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK
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Overseas
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£10,680 £21,980 £5,340 £10,990 £3,560 £7,330 £5,340 £10,990

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

The MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries 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.

This masters 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.

Careers

Students of Media Studies at SOAS have found employment in the fields of:

  • broadcasting
  • film and video
  • publishing
  • printing and journalism
  • international development
  • human rights.

A Student's Perspective

When I heard about SOAS I immediately knew it was the school for me. An institution like SOAS is the ideal platform for students who want to learn a language and gain insight into a culture. It is also a leading school in Tibetan studies.

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