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Considering a career in the creative industries? There’s never been a better time, with this sector contributing over £13 million to the UK’s economy every hour.
Whether your interest is in film, music or digital media production, our MA Creative Industries course is designed to meet the high demand for those with specialist creative skills. We even have our very own student-led creative agency, Brookes Creative, where you can gain invaluable hands-on experience.
But applying your expertise to real challenges doesn’t end there. In the Optional Work Placement module, you could work on a real assignment for a local business or organisation. For example, creating public awareness videos for Thames Valley Police, or making publicity films and social media for our local independent cinema.
One in eight UK businesses are in the creative industries, which means there are endless career opportunities. Throughout the course you’ll be building on your interests and strengths, while discovering what it takes to stand out from the crowd and impress potential employers after you graduate.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Geared towards industry needs
We’ve designed this practical course to meet the growing demands for specialist skills in the creative industries.
Our tutors and lecturers are experts in their specialist fields, researching and publishing in subjects such as film music, sound art, film audiences and immersive documentary.
Our own agency
Brookes Creative, our student-led agency, brings like-minded creatives together to bring their projects to life.
It’s a collaborative environment at Oxford Brookes. Film students get together with music students to complete their final project, forging partnerships that reflect the real world.
Links with local businesses
Thanks to our partnerships with local organisations like Oxford Contemporary Music and The Ultimate Picture Palace, you’ll have great opportunities to work on real-life projects.
On this course, you’ll specialise in either film, music or digital media production.
Focusing on film, you’ll study how contemporary and classic feature films are produced and consumed. You’ll learn also how to unpick their meaning and understand them in their historical context.
If you choose music, you’ll look at the way creating music has changed over the decades. We’ll also show you how to research music distribution and audiences.
With digital media production, you’ll examine documentaries, shorts and television shows, then you’ll have a go. You’ll research and produce your own short film based on what you’ve learnt.
Whichever route you pick, you’ll also develop skills in research and critical practice. You might compose a piece of film music or make a video. This is where you’ll have the chance to collaborate with students in different fields.
You’ll complete your course with your dissertation or your final creative project. Some students do a written dissertation or video essay, while others focus on a creative project such as a short documentary or video installation.
Learning and teaching
The MA in Creative Industries is taught through a mixture of class-based activities (e.g. seminars, guest speakers), experiential learning (e.g. live projects) and independent study supported by expert supervision (e.g. dissertation or creative project).
Assessment tasks may include written research assignments, video essays, group projects and reflective logbooks of experiential learning. Feedback is crucial for students development and most assignments build in opportunities for you to discuss your work (e.g. research seminars, proposals, idea pitching sessions).
MA students in the School of Arts have recently been on field trips to overseas locations including Rome and Milan.
Academics in the School of Arts are part of The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network which brings together researchers, professionals, and local communities to share expertise and build social change.
All School of Arts staff are active researchers publishing widely on subjects such as:
- Film music
- Sound Art
- Film audiences
- Immersive Documentary
- Queer Theory.
After you’ve completed your MA in Creative industries, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to work and progress in one of the many creative and media industries.
You could pursue a career in cinema programming or marketing, for example, or film making or animation. Or if you want to gain your PhD, our research training means you’ll be ready for further study and an academic career.
Our creative agency has great links with local creative businesses, and the work you do in your final live project could help you make the decision on your future direction. It could be in:
- media production
- arts administration
- teaching and research
- digital marketing
- publishing and journalism.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements for this course:
- minimum 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)
- if you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
Self-funded, postgraduate loans.