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Cultural and Creative Industries

BA (Hons) |
City’s Cultural and Creative Industries BA (Hons) is the only course of its kind in the UK, it combines critical academic study with creative and cultural production.

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UCAS code: W901UCAS tariff: 280.Applicants with 260 and above may be considered.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

3 years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

W901

Who is it for?

This degree is for those wishing to work in the creative industries, which include media, music, television, film, publishing and the visual and performing arts: An industry that is generating £84.1bn a year to the UK economy (Gov.uk). This course will help you develop a robust portfolio of skills to analyse these industries, the social issues that affect them as well as how to professionally engage with them.

Objectives

The BA (Hons) Cultural and Creative Industries covers three main strands:

  • Creative business management
  • Cultural production
  • Contextualisation of cultural practice

The objective of covering these three strands is that students will develop industry knowledge and connections through work experience and a cultural production module that allows students to gain practical experience through cultural production, this can be a range of different activities such as event management, (eg. fashion shows, live music or theatre) documentary and film production, performance and music management. Alongside this fits creative business management that teaches you core business skills, such as intellectual property law and marketing, to support your cultural production.

This is contextualised by the addition of analytical and intellectual skills developed through contextual cultural and sociology studies that will ground your practical knowledge and help you to understand what social issues affect the development of the cultural and creative industries.

As this course covers all the creative industries you will be able to explore a variety of industries before specialising either in your final year or upon finding employment.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • A broad range of subjects is acceptable, but some previous familiarity with Arts, Humanities or Social Science subjects is desirable. General Studies and Critical Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent) are also required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 32 points (no specific subjects required)

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Mature students (over 21) who have relevant professional and work experience may also be eligible for the course.

International

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make to you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

Other suitable qualifications

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.


Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.


If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact international@city.ac.uk.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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Placements

In the second year, you can choose a work placement as an elective module.

Former students have undertaken work experience at organisations including:

  • Arts Council
  • BBC Radio
  • Radio 1Xtra
  • MTV
  • Koko (music venue)
  • the Roundhouse
  • the Barbican
  • PRS
  • Museum of Brands
  • Live Music Now
  • Warner Bros Studios

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Teaching and learning

We teach the Cultural & Creative Industries BA degree through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

  • The lectures introduce you to key theories and concepts and include presentations from guest speakers from within the industry.
  • In the seminars you will debate and explore issues, analyse case studies and make presentations with peer support.
  • In the workshops you develop technical and software skills and explore the areas of production practice across different platforms
  • Teamwork and collaboration play a major role in making the creative industries successful. Therefore our course reflects this across our teaching and assessment methods.

The structure of our course allows you to focus your essays and assignments on topics that reflect your own interests, allowing you specialise in your personal interests throughout the course. The breadth of industries and practices covered by the course allows you to explore a variety of areas or focus your knowledge.

You can find out more about our academic staff via our academic staff profiles page.

Assessment

Methods of assessment vary for each module but will include the following:

a) Assessed coursework such as:

  • Essays
  • Student presentations and group and individual project work
  • A dissertation undertaken with supervision
  • Reports or reviews

b) Unseen written examinations to assess your knowledge of key concepts and theories.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

On this course you will:

  • Interrogate cultural, political and historical debates on the emergence and development of the cultural industries
  • Explore questions of power, policy and practice
  • Undertake hands-on cultural production through a range of elective choices
  • Consider the workings and geographies of the local and global cultural industries
  • Have the opportunity to undertake work placements.

Year 1

In your first year, you will explore a wide range of approaches, both theoretical and professional, which assist with understanding, engaging with and 'managing' the cultural industries.

Core modules include:

  • Contextualising cultural policy
  • Cultural and creative industries, the arts and popular culture
  • Cultural production and creative technologies
  • Interrogating consumer culture
  • Managing creative enterprise.

Year 2

The second year emphasises the international dimensions of the subject, offering a choice of optional modules and enabling you to take a work placement.

Core modules include:

  • Globalisation and the cultural and creative industries
  • Intellectual property rights and the regulation of culture
  • Research methods.

Elective modules include:

  • Cultural policy
  • The music business
  • News and society
  • Cultural production project
  • Web creation and digital storytelling
  • Work placement.

As part of an international collaboration, some students from Shanghai Theatre Academy join the course in year two.

Year 3

The final year offers a choice of optional modules. You can focus on the problems and possibilities faced by contemporary cultural workers and develop a piece of independent and original work.

Core modules include:

  • Cultural work and the enterprising self
  • Individual major project on the cultural and creative industries
  • Globalisation and the cultural and creative industries.

Elective modules include:

  • Collaborative cultural production project
  • Digital cultures
  • Popular music now
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Media
  • New media: from cyberspace to social media
  • Culture and world cities
  • Audiences in the consumer society.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to join the next generation of cultural analysts, creative entrepreneurs, content creators and policy-makers in music, events management, digital media, film and other creative industries. Our graduates have the intellectual and professional skills, industry knowledge and experience to identify and develop opportunities for working in and with the creative and cultural sectors in the UK and internationally.

The transferable skills you will develop during the course range from critical analysis, problem solving and research skills to specific knowledge of the cultural and creative industries, creative business management and experience of project delivery, along with a broad range of self management and team working skills.

The course will prepare you for employment in:

  • Creative enterprises in the commercial sector (e.g. theatre, music and film industries, publishing or games companies)
  • Heritage management (e.g. museums, galleries, NGOs)
  • Media companies and digital content providers
  • Contributing to or overseeing project delivery in a variety of digital platforms
  • Researching the cultural and creative industries for governments, local authorities and independent consultants or for the purposes of further academic study.

Cultural and Creative Industries

UCAS code: W901


Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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