MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries

SOAS University of London

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.

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

This course 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.

Structure

The MA has a core component comprising two half-unit courses, the first (‘Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries’) taken by all students, and the second allowing students to develop their expertise in a ‘pathway’ (chosen from ‘The Music Business’, ‘Asia and Africa on Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturation’, ‘Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication’, ‘Global Film Industries’). Practical/skills courses can then be chosen in multimedia (film/editing), sound recording, and digital and broadcasting communications; while optional, one of these will be required if a student elects to take the optional half-unit course ‘Directed Study in Industry’ but lacks appropriate skills training on entry. ‘Directed Study in Industry’ allows students to undertake an internship with an institution, organisation or enterprise. Additional regional and theoretical courses are available from existing School of Arts and other SOAS MA/MMus programmes. The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries. It may either be on a theoretical topic or develop from the ‘pathway’ chosen by the student, and it has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.

Core Courses

In addition to the dissertation and the half unit "Analytical Approaches..." course, at least one further half unit Pathway course must be chosen.

  • Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries - 15PMUH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries - 15PMUC998 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Music Pathway Course

  • The Music Business (Masters) - 15PMUH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

Art Pathway Course

  • Curating Cultures - 15PARH079 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art - 15PARH083 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Museums, Anthropology and the Arts of Asia and Africa - 15PARH072 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Photography and the Image in Africa - 15PARH082 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017

Media Pathway Course

Students on the Media pathway will take at least one of these two courses.

  • Qualitative Research Methods - 15PMSC033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication - 15PMSH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1

Skills & Internship Courses

  • Digital traditional broadcasting communication - 15PMSH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Directed Study in Industry - 15PMSH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Sound Recording and Production - 15PMSH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1

Optional Courses

Any remaining units may be chosen from this optional courses list.

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories - 15PARC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Arab Painting - 15PARH054 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids - 15PARH035 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa - 15PARH052 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) - 15PARH055 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa - 15PAFH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 - 15PAFH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia - 15PMUH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) - 15PMUC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Central Asian Music - 15PMUH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Contemporary Art and the Global - 15PARH085 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Culture and Society of West Africa - 15PANC083 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of East Africa - 15PANC084 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of Japan - 15PANC086 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of South Asia - 15PANC087 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia - 15PANC088 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of China - 15PANC089 (1.0 Unit)
  • Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East - 15PANC097 (1.0 Unit)
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals - 15PAFH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Curating Cultures - 15PARH079 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture - 15PARH042 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Gender and Music (MMus) - 15PMUH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film - 15PSEH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context - 15PSAH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues - 15PSAH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Indian vocal music: Styles and histories - 15PMUH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • International Political Communication - 15PMSH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Iranian media and film - 15PMSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts - 15PARH034 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde - 15PJKH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 - 15PJKC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli - 15PJKH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival - 15PMUH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications - 15PMSH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art - 15PARH060 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora - 15PCHH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Music and Healing - 15PMUH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) - 15PCHH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Music in Development - 15PMUC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures - 15PMUC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba - 15PMUH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH016 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Painting and Visual Culture in China - 15PARC043 (1.0 Unit) - Not Running 2016/17
  • Perspectives On Development - 15PANH033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) - 15PMUH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen - 15PSEH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Raga: concept and practice (PG) - 15PMUH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Sacred Sound in South Asia - 15PMUH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development - 15PMSH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use - 15PMSH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity - 15PMSH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

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.

A Student's Perspective

"I have found studying at SOAS an unbelievable experience, especially as the library houses a unique collections of both print and electronic resources."

Zahrah Mamode

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Cost & Fees

Tuition fees are payable in full before or at enrolment at the beginning of each academic year.

A fee payment by instalment option is available to self-funding students undertaking on-campus degree programmes. The minimum annual tuition fee for instalments is £1500. The fees are paid in two equal instalments and must be paid by debit or credit card. An administration charge of £150 is payable for the instalment option.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for taught Masters

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.



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