SOAS University of London

School of Arts

MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

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.

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

Convenors

Q&A

Introducing Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Caspar Melville

The creative and cultural industries have become the focus of a huge amount of research and critical debate.  Dr Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries, outlines the importance of the MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries course at SOAS University of London.

What does the course involve?

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 at SOAS offers the unique opportunity to critically analyse these developments in a fully global context, across a wide range of modules in Media, Music, and Art and Archaeology.

What makes this course popular?

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.  Students also 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.

What facilities are available?

SOAS offers strong interdisciplinary support for the study of media including the Centre for Media and Film Studies and a highly regarded Department of Music.  We have a dedicated multimedia suite, a radio station and satellite access to a wide range of world television.  Further, the Library houses a major collection of books and journals on world media as well as extensive audio-visual materials.

Industry links?

The 'Directed Study in Industry’ initiative allows students to work with an institution, organisation or enterprise involved in the creative and cultural industries.  Students will identify an institution, organisation or enterprise in which to work as an unpaid intern.

How does the course prepare students for employment?

The course provides a broad knowledge of the creative and cultural industries in a global context, as well as a detailed knowledge of those industries in relation to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  It also provides students with the ability to read, write and assess critically in the fields of music, media, film and the arts, plus provides practical skills in film and video production and editing; radio and digital media; and music recording.

What do graduates do?

Students of Media Studies at SOAS have found employment in the fields of broadcasting, film and video, publishing, printing and journalism, international development and human rights.

What qualities are you looking for in prospective students?

Prospective 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.  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.

Structure

Programme Specification

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

Dissertation

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.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUC998 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Core Module

The following module needs to be completed for successful exit award achievement

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 15PMUH023 15 Term 1
AND

Choose a module from the Pathway Module List below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose modules from the Skills and Internship List below to the value of 45 credits

AND

Choose modules from the list of recommended options below to the value of 45 credits OR Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 45 credits

List of modules (subject to availability)
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
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 15 Term 2
Directed Study in Industry 15PMSH023 15 Term 2
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 15 Term 1
Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arab Painting 15PARH054 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
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
Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism 15PARH043 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Cinema, Nation and Transcultural Asia 15PJKC023 30 Full Year
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Critical Theory in Art History and Material Culture 15PARH091 15 Term 1
Cross-Cultural Approaches to Aesthetics 15PARH092 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
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 2018/2019
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
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 Not Running 2018/2019
Japanese Ceramics Past and Present 15PARH047 0.5 unit
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
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 2018/2019
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 Not Running 2018/2019
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Music on the Silk Road: travel and circulation (PG) 15PARH094 15 Term 1
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 2
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 1
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues 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 2018/2019
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 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 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

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Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

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. 

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.

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 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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