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Creative Industries

MA

This course is subject to validation

Start dates: September 2023

Full time: 1 year September - September

Part time: 2 years September - September

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Arts

Overview

This one-year master’s in Creative Industries will enable you to develop a solid foundation in your chosen specialism of either Film, Music or Digital Media Production. The course is designed for students wishing to work in the UK’s rapidly-growing creative industries sector, including areas such as media research, cultural heritage and arts management.

This is a flexible postgraduate programme with pathways in Film, Music, and Digital Media Production, and a final project which can be focussed either towards research or creative practice. The degree includes optional live projects, giving you opportunities to work directly with external businesses to deliver professional creative projects. These live projects are enabled by our student-led agency, Brookes Creative.

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Course Details

Course Structure

All students on the MA in Creative Industries take the following modules:

  • Research Skills & Methods
  • Dissertation or Creative Project
  • Critical Practice 1 (options in Film, Music or Digital Media Production)
  • Critical Practice 2 (options in Film, Music or Digital Media Production)
  • Creative Practice (e.g. Live project)

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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

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).

Field Trips

MA students in the School of Arts have recently been on field trips to overseas locations including Rome and Milan.

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Research Skills & Methods

This module gives you the vital skills in research which you will need for all other assignments.

Critical Practice 1

The content of this module will be oriented towards your chosen specialism in either Film, Music or Digital Media Production. Topics offered may include: screenwriting, film music, documentary.

Critical Practice 2

The content of this module will be oriented towards your chosen specialism in either Film, Music or Digital Media Production. Topics offered may include: screenwriting, film music, documentary.

Work placement

Optional modules

Creative Practice

This module gives you the opportunity to plan and carry out a work placement or live project in the creative industries.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation or Creative Project

Your final project may be either a written dissertation, a video essay or a creative project (e.g. short documentary, artists video installation).

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Research

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
  • Opera
  • Sound Art
  • Film audiences
  • Immersive Documentary
  • Queer Theory.

Careers

Having a master's qualification helps you to stand out from the crowd, whether you are joining the MA straight after graduating or returning to study after a break of several years.

Our MA will provide you with the skills and knowledge to embark upon a career in the creative and media industries or to improve your current position. Graduates have found work in the following areas:

  • Media Production
  • Arts Administration
  • Teaching and Research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Publishing and Journalism.

Many MA students continue onto further research and careers in academia, and our course provides the necessary research training required for doctoral work. Graduates of this course will be well placed to pursue a range of careers within the film industry and academia. Many go on to PhD study, in the UK and abroad. Other examples include cinema programming and marketing, animation, teaching, journalism.

Entry requirements

International qualifications and equivalences

How to apply

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£8,700

Home (UK) part time
£4,350

International full time
£16,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£8,700

Home (UK) part time
£4,350

International full time
£16,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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.

Financial support and scholarships

Self-funded, postgraduate loans.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Note:

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements