Brunel University London, School of Arts

Introduction

The School of Arts at Brunel University

The School of Arts at Brunel University is at the cutting edge of arts education in the UK in all the subjects we teach: drama, music, film and television, journalism, digital games, English, and creative writing. We provide a stimulating and dynamic environment where students can develop their full potential creatively, intellectually, and artistically and can go on to great success in their careers.

Our School is home to students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. The diversity of the School ensures a creative and dynamic learning environment, lending a unique and distinctive feel.

We stage live theatre and music performances; have a wonderful new performance and media complex, and have invested heavily in a new technological infrastructure to enable students to be at the leading edge of media and digital arts practice. We also have numerous research archives, and host conferences, creative writing events, and film screenings.

Our location in London means students have access to all the great cultural resources of the capital. They also benefit from the School’s strong connections with major arts and media organisations in the city, the wider UK and overseas. Our students have gone on to work for leading employers in the arts, media, publishing and creative sectors.

About Brunel University

Excellent location: Brunel is excellently situated 17 miles to the west of Central London and enjoys easy access to the city centre (1 hour on the underground from Uxbridge). The University is close to London Heathrow Airport (20 minutes by car) and has close motorway links to the rest of the UK, where you can travel to all parts of the country.

Integrated campus: Brunel University has an integrated campus where you can study, eat in the many restaurants, play sports, relax in the student union and finally rest in high quality accommodation, all within 7 minutes walk.

Sporting facilities: at Brunel you can enjoy almost any sport that you can imagine. Indeed we have been proud to be the host University to many world-class athletics and sportsmen and women in the last 5 years. In respect to sports, we have in the last two years invested millions on sporting facilities including a fitness centre and Olympic indoor running tracks, facilities that helped London secure the 2012 Olympic games. The Sunday Times recently said Brunel University had the best sporting facilities of all London Universities.

A supportive global community: Brunel University is proud that we have students from over 115 overseas countries. Whilst studying at Brunel you can meet students from many different cultures and countries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MA Contemporary Literature and Culture

Campus Full time Part time August 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

How might the study of literature and culture enable us to understand and explain the everyday world we inhabit and the ways in which different social worlds have been invented and sustained [+]

MA Contemporary Literature and Culture

How might the study of literature and culture enable us to understand and explain the everyday world we inhabit and the ways in which different social worlds have been invented and sustained across time and cultures? How might it help us both to explore ourselves and the ways in which we see and understand others? How does such an enquiry affect, and quite possibly change, the way we read texts and read the world? These are the kinds of questions at the core of the MA in English Literature, which is an exciting development in English studies at Brunel, offering the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and periods, from the early Modern/Renaissance through to the modern and contemporary.... [-]


MA Creative Writing - The Novel

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

We designed this The Novel MA in Creative Writing quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. [+]

We designed this The Novel MA in Creative Writing quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. This MA has attracted considerable interest among publishers and literary agents, many of whom participate actively in the programme.

 

 

 

Course Aims

 

The programme is designed around the core activity of producing a major prose fiction project, which can be a novel fragment with synopsis, a novella or a collection of short stories, of publishable quality and produced in a marketable form.... [-]


MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This innovative MA - Contemporary Performance Making, which draws upon both facilities and expertise at Brunel and the vast resources of London, will provide you with the space ... [+]

This innovative MA - Contemporary Performance Making, which draws upon both facilities and expertise at Brunel and the vast resources of London, will provide you with the space to nurture your creativity through the practical and critical exploration of contemporary performance including live art, digital art, writing and directing for performance. This course is approximately 70% practice and 30% theory, and an ideal programme for practising artists developing their own work. Graduating students have gone on to show their work nationally and internationally, work with key UK and international companies and secure funding and support for their work. Full-time students can take the course over one full year.... [-]


MA in Digital Games Theory and Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This exciting programme MA in Digital Games Theory and Design will enable you to engage in, and experiment with, practical game design. Together we will explore a range of theories and concepts with which ... [+]

This exciting programme MA in Digital Games Theory and Design will enable you to engage in, and experiment with, practical game design. Together we will explore a range of theories and concepts with which to analyse the various values of games, play and pleasure, and go back to 'basics' by considering what it is that makes for 'good' game play.

 

 

Course Aims

•To produce graduates who have a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of digital games and the techniques and principles used in their design.

 •To provide the relevant expertise and teaching and learning environment to support students’ critical and creative engagement with issues at the cutting edge of analysing and designing digital games; to enable students to contribute to the process of defining ‘game studies’ as a new academic discipline.... [-]


MA in Documentary Practice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions, and is structured to provide you with training and professional expertise in dominant/mainstream documentary production techniques, procedures and alternative traditions. [+]

This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions, and is structured to provide you with training and professional expertise in dominant/mainstream documentary production techniques, procedures and alternative traditions.

This year, students will be loaned an iPad pre-loaded with learning resources, as part of a research project which is being undertaken with the MA Documentary programme as its main focus. Also, besides the availability of various cameras (Sony Z7, GoPro, Canon DSLRs, etc) and other related equipment (various tripods, lighting kits, dolly systems, etc), students are given a 500GB portable hard disk to use throughout the year for their projects.... [-]


MA in International Journalism

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

MA International Journalism addresses the global shifts in the journalism industry by contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. [+]

MA International Journalism addresses the global shifts in the journalism industry by contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. It also sets out to equip students with sufficient generic skills to adapt to future journalism industry developments.

 

 

Course Aims

•To produce graduates who have a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of international journalism, and the techniques and principles applied in practice;

 •To provide the relevant expertise and learning environment to support students' critical and practical engagement with issues at the heart of analysing and practising international journalism;... [-]


MA Journalism (NCTJ accredited)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Brunel’s Journalism MA offers a unique combination of cutting-edge skills and contextual learning. Devised in consultation with senior journalists, the syllabus provides a rigorous foundation to a journalism career. [+]

Brunel’s Journalism MA offers a unique combination of cutting-edge skills and contextual learning. Devised in consultation with senior journalists, the syllabus provides a rigorous foundation to a journalism career. Students are trained in print/online journalism, with the option to specialise in broadcast journalism in the second term.

 

 

Course Aims

•To offer students a systematic understanding of journalism careers and a critical understanding of the current problems in the field.  •To give students a comprehensive understanding of theoretical approaches to and techniques of journalism, and to encourage the use these critically, both in study and  in practice. •To enable students to develop journalism skills in a media field of their choosing. •To provide students with a critical understanding of the journalistic field which will enable them to use most effectively the skills they acquire on the programme.... [-]


MA Media and Public Relations

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

This course examines the role of public relations in shaping media output both within media organisations themselves and in relation to the external impact of PR on the media. [+]

The academic study of public relations and the media is very new and this new MA puts us at the forefront of this development. Most of the MAs in Britain either focus on corporate public relations and are predominantly practical or are theoretical courses that sit within more traditional mass communications curriculum and focus on the important area of political communications and the news media. Our MA is innovative because it combines theory and practice, which is a distinctive feature of MAs in Screen Media. Also innovative is our combined examination of the impact of public relations on the media and the use of public relations practices within media organisations, with particular reference to their promotional cultures. This provides students with a broad and advanced understanding of the relationship between public relations and the media.... [-]