This course will enable you to both explore the development of the global creative industries at global level, their trajectory, the tensions and challenges arising from these; and examine the organisation, characteristics and issues emerging in the creative and cultural industries in specific areas of the world, and will help you to develop an understanding of how local, regional and world processes interact.
This course would suit anyone looking to broaden their impact in the cultural and creative industries sector: Whether your aim is to work in government or international organisations concerned with creative industries or the creative economy regionally or transnationally, or whether you are looking to broaden your horizons and build a career in any aspect of film, music, art or related creative industry at a global level.
You will be taught by world leading researchers in the international creative economy, culture, media and communication, and global political economy based in the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, the Departments of Sociology, and International Politics. This research expertise consistently informs our outstanding teaching in this area of studies.
Cultural goods and ideas are increasingly produced and consumed transnationally; however, global cultural trade flows are uneven and this has consequences for local and national development. Moreover, cultural assets are carriers of meaning and their global circulation impacts those who consume them, affecting identities and reproducing social and economic inequalities. How is culture produced and re-produced? What are the mechanisms of the global cultural ecosystems and markets? What are their consequences?
Taught by world experts in the field, the programme offers a unique opportunity for students to analyse the economic, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary transformation of culture and how they relate to the global and the local.
The course prepares students to work professionally or to engage in further academic study in the expanding cultural sphere worldwide.
Applications are also welcomed from those who have a good knowledge of or a demonstrable interest or experience in a relevant professional domain.
If your first language is not English, and you neither live nor work in an English-speaking environment you will be asked to provide further evidence of competence in the English language through any of the following:
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.
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Applications for 2020 are now open:
You will need to submit:
The admissions tutor may request academic references at a later date to help make a decision on your application.
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
You will be taught by leading experts in the field who engage in creative industries research at a global level, often working with governments from around the world as advisers and researchers with international structures such as UNESCO, UNCTAD, WIPO or the European Union.
Teaching and learning is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, visits, tutorials, feedback, blended learning, including personal research from a wide range of resources. You will also have the opportunity to engage with and network with specialist guest speakers.
Learning will be assessed through a number of diverse but complementary methods including essay, report, creative portfolio, research proposal and a dissertation. The rationale for this is to expose you to different approaches, to help you make the most of your abilities and to assess a range of skills and knowledge. You will be able to apply your academic work to the real world. The typical word-length of written assignments for modules with one summative assessment is ca. 3,000 words.
With 50% core and 50% elective modules, you can choose which specialisms you study. This means you can design your own course and determine your direction right from the start – it gives you the freedom to shape your future.
The core modules offer insight into the global creative industries, their development and mechanics; the elective modules are structured around three broad areas of concern and examine:
The MA culminates in a 13,000–15,000-word dissertation.
You are expected to take 2 core modules and choose 2 elective modules each term. Work on the Dissertation progresses through terms 2-3 with the support of your individual supervisor and should be completed by the end of August.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
The MA prepares graduates wishing to pursue a career in transnational and regional institutions of governance such as international organisations, government administration, professional and global trade bodies as well as development agencies, NGOs and private sector firms interacting with these institutions. The Corporate Social Responsibility or development programmes of business corporations are also relevant.
As an MA GCI graduate you will be able to work in fields ranging from the music industry to Intellectual Property to heritage or television, and from development to investment relevant to any aspect of the global creative industries. The programme also prepares you for further doctoral study.
Potential career paths within the field include: Middle and senior management positions and programme managers in Government administration, culture ministries or relevant agencies; Policy analysts, researchers; Programme evaluators; Community relations; Managing CSR programmes in international corporations; Advocacy; Management and related roles in culture for development projects and in mega events such as the Olympics’ cultural programmes; As researchers and doctoral students, taking the academic career path.