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Are you looking to develop your skills in campaign planning and management across paid, owned, earned and shared advertising channels? Would you like to take the next step in your advertising career? This challenging master’s programme can help prepare you for a role in contemporary advertising in an account management, media planning, creative or agile role. Read more

Are you looking to develop your skills in campaign planning and management across paid, owned, earned and shared advertising channels? Would you like to take the next step in your advertising career? This challenging master’s programme can help prepare you for a role in contemporary advertising in an account management, media planning, creative or agile role.

Customer engagement is increasingly key with the benefits of ‘big data’ providing detailed analytics for campaigns. Media planning is becoming more scientific and measurable, moving customers up the loyalty ladder to generate content for brands. Advertising is the catalyst to delivering integrated campaigns and Southampton Solent’s MA Advertising and Multimedia Communications programme prepares students for making a strategic contribution.

Recognising the close relationship with marketing and public relations, the course focuses on emerging forms of advertising which blur the boundaries with journalism and the importance of content marketing. Teaching is delivered by a team of industry professionals and the course covers the development of contemporary integrated marketing campaigns.

As the roles of multimedia advertising management, digital newsroom manager, marketing professional, and corporate PR manager are converging, students are encouraged to develop a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, and will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience by preparing campaigns for live client briefs. Students are also encouraged to seek work-placement and freelance opportunities through the University’s student run agency, Solent Creatives, as well as prepare competition briefs for the Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) and the Young Creative Network (YCN).

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue careers in national or international advertising agencies in roles such as account management, media and communications officer, or creative director.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those who are looking to further their career in the advertising and communications industry. The curriculum will appeal to students with a particular interest in the integration of advertising, marketing, PR and journalism to create innovative strategic campaigns. 

What you will study

Year one

Advertising in a World of Converging Communication (30 credits)

This unit covers contemporary advertising practice and theory combining traditional mass media approaches with emerging social media and mobile channels. This unit develops practical skills and a critical awareness of the issues and practices within advertising in a world where increasingly the target audience can skip ads and brands combine paid, owned, earned and shared media to engage consumers. After introducing advertising principles, the unit moves on to explore the digital mix, content marketing, native advertising and immersive, augmented experiences. The traditional advertising roles of art director, copywriter, account manager and media planner are still important industry pathways but are increasingly challenged by agile practice, this unit considers the implications. Assessments are designed to test application of your learning in both theory and practice. 

Multimedia Campaign Planning (30 credits)

Students get the practical opportunity to develop and implement a number of campaign activities across a wide variety of platforms, testing their ability to integrate paid, owned, shared and earned media in a PR campaign.

Media Measurement & Evaluation (15 credits)

This unit introduces students to the challenge of measurement techniques applied in advertising, marketing, promotion and PR sectors, including the evolution of RoE (return on engagement)

Research Methods (15 credits)

This unit raises the students’ research skills to Master’s level, including SPSS and other methodologies that are relevant to their particular areas of interest (Shared Unit)

Professional Practice (30 credits)

This unit positions the MA programme in terms of the student’s career aspiration, identifying skill sets and development needs in a PDP, which forms the basis of a freelance/workplace project- and informs the student’s choice of Major Project or dissertation

Major Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

The culmination of the MA degree, where the theory and practice learned in the previous units informs the student’s principal learning outcome- a campaign that demonstrates their professional attainment or a dissertation that critically examines a crucial industry issue, generating original thinking. Both project and dissertation require primary research to a master’s level.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students will have access to a range of specialist facilities throughout their studies, including Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing facilities, and traditional printing presses.

Solent also provides a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students access to high-end photographic equipment.

Industry links

The course is taught by industry experts who have established practitioner careers and who have strong links within the industry. Students have the opportunity to work on live client briefs and are encouraged to gain a work placement or freelance project.

Past students on the University’s creative advertising courses have benefitted from visits to London-based advertising and creative agencies.

Students who are in work while taking the course have the opportunity to adapt the topic of their assignments in several units to suit the needs of their employers.

Placements

The Professional Practice unit requires students to undertake a work placement or complete a freelance project. Students are encouraged to source their own client (through Solent Creatives) or to find a work placement that is appropriate to their career ambitions. The minimum requirement for a placement is two weeks, however placements and projects can vary in length, depending on client needs.



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The Master of Advertising is designed to provide students with the theoretical as well as the practical skills essential for a career in Advertising and related industries. Read more

The Master of Advertising is designed to provide students with the theoretical as well as the practical skills essential for a career in Advertising and related industries. Delivered through an innovative learning experience where course work is balanced with studio-based teaching and learning activities, students will learn from experienced academics and industry-professionals. Throughout the Master of Advertising program, students will be actively involved in the day-to-day requirements and challenges of developing commercial campaign concepts and design communication initiatives for clients in a studio-based learning environment. In addition, creative solution finding methods and techniques will provide highly transferable skills that are in strong demand across numerous industries seeking innovative products and practices and who are focused on user experience.

Professional outcomes

The Master of Advertising program enables graduates to enter the advertising industry in a variety of roles, ranging from management positions to creative roles in advertising or related professions. Designed and structured around a predominantly studio-based teaching environment, this innovative program prepares graduates for the dynamic culture and inter-disciplinary knowledge base that characterizes the modern advertising industry. A particular focus of this program is for students to develop a strong portfolio of work, which is essential for starting a career in advertising and the creative industries in general. The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, strategic management and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree also provides graduates with a wide range of career opportunities in the broader field of the creative industries. For students interested in establishing a pathway into higher education, the program provides the opportunity to identify and pursue research projects that could lay the foundation for doctoral studies.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Advertising - Program Structure and Sequencing

You must complete the following subjects:

Foundation subjects (6)

Studio subjects (3)



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MA Global Advertising and Branding, also known as WSAgab, is a programme designed with both vocational elements and a strong emphasis on research. . Read more

MA Global Advertising and Branding, also known as WSAgab, is a programme designed with both vocational elements and a strong emphasis on research. 

The advertising and branding industry is undergoing massive change as new technologies alter the way marketing professionals communicate with their target customers and understand the consequences of their campaigns.

In this programme you will learn how advertising is created. We will explore ‘the advertising pitch’, target audience identification and segmentation, creative strategies, briefs, carry out appraisals of creative ideas and evaluate campaigns. Through a range of set projects and live industry briefs you will build a critical awareness of the advertising industry and the challenges it faces today.

While creative issues and brand design are examined in depth, this programme is aimed at people who wish to manage the process and become the next generation of advertising leaders rather than those who wish to become creatives or designers in their own right.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Global Advertising and Branding at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Global Advertising and Branding and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Global Advertising and Branding.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

You will study visual analysis, management practice, theoretical models, communication design, existing and emerging media technologies, the advertising process and management of the collaborative iterative development of branding and marketing campaigns.

In an exciting environment, you will practice critical thinking and analysis of contemporary and global advertising campaigns. Great emphasis will be placed on developing a critical awareness of branded content, as well as of your written and verbal communication skills. This course is for the next generation of advertising leaders!

While creative issues and design are examined and discussed in depth it is aimed at people who wish to manage the process rather than act as creative people or designers in their own right.

You will be able to develop your thinking and skills in the following advertising management challenges:

  • Consumer culture
  • Broadcast media
  • Mobile media and mobile marketing
  • Corporate advertising
  • Content marketing
  • Analysis of visual advertising
  • Measuring the impact of advertising
  • Brand Management
  • Social media and community management
  • Contemporary Issues - Globalisation, Sustainability and
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Collaborative Design
  • Organisational Theory and Advertising Practice
  • Decision-Making Theory

'A creative development workshop in action'

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.



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On this challenging, hands-on course designed by industry professionals, you'll create advertising from your very first week and become adept at communication through practical, studio-based learning. Read more
On this challenging, hands-on course designed by industry professionals, you'll create advertising from your very first week and become adept at communication through practical, studio-based learning. Simulating the advertising industry, you'll work in art director/copywriter partnerships to devise campaigns for real products in a wide range of media, resulting in a thorough and professional portfolio.

From idea conception to delivery, you’ll learn how to work to a client's brief and present your ideas effectively. As a member of Design & Art Direction (D&AD) – the industry's most influential body – the course gives you the opportunity to exhibit your work at the New Blood competition and meet key industry figures, whilst workshops and placements at top international agencies will equip you with the contacts and understanding to win the job you want after graduation.

Based on real agency briefs, you'll undertake the strategic planning, conceptual thinking and execution skills – visual and written – necessary to turn a business objective into an engaging, relevant, coherent campaign. Starting with 'traditional media' (posters, press, radio and TV), the course builds your capabilities to encompass the latest online and social media techniques needed to reach diverse target groups in a dynamic multimedia environment. Identifying and understanding the relevant target audience is critical to a successful campaign, so we'll encourage you to consider the impact of your work within ethical, economic, psychological and socio-political frameworks. You'll also gain the critical understanding which underpins the work of the mature, reflective, professional practitioner.

Students on the course win prestigious awards year after year, in industry competitions including D&AD and YCN.

MA Creative Advertising is a founder member of the D&AD university network.

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) supports our intensive MA Creative Advertising course, which mirrors professional life in an agency creative department as closely as possible. By teaching you to think strategically and to write and art direct advertising across all media, we will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required for a successful career.

We regularly update a blog to give you a better feel for the course:

Web: MA Creative Advertising blog (http://theschoolofcommunicationdesign.wordpress.com/category/ma-creative-advertising/)

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/creativeadvertising

Building professional experience

A unique feature of the MA, our London Study Week puts you at the heart of the creative advertising industry, building knowledge and making contacts. What's more it will give you a vital and thorough grounding in agency structure and how it corresponds and responds to clients' business. We also visit a leading headhunter, who'll show you a variety of portfolios that demonstrate best practice in terms of creativity and winning jobs.

Our graduates are employed worldwide by agencies, media companies and in-house advertising units such as DDB, Wieden & Kennedy, BBH, the BBC, Saatchi & Saatchi, Havas Worldwide, Figtree, Ogilvy One, Dyson, VCCP, Mindshare, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Agency Republic, McCann-Erickson, Publicis and 180 Amsterdam.

To read about some of our recent student successes in the ad industry, see the section entitled Alumni Profiles.

How the course is taught

You'll be taught in small groups, through individual and team tutorials, seminars and workshops, supported by lectures from key figures in advertising and related media. The course replicates the experience of working in a typical full-service agency and your project work will be delivered within that context. As well as working individually, you'll work in copywriter/art director pairs and groups to strengthen your communication and negotiation skills. Our Virtual Learning Environment provides information to assist you with research and project work.

Course outline

This is a one-year, full-time course delivered over 45 weeks and divided into three 15-week study blocks:

- Study Blocks 1 & 2

Study Block 1 focuses on strategic thinking as the first step in fulfilling clients' briefs. If your specialism is art direction, you'll learn vital layout and typography skills, as well as developing your appreciation of photography, film, illustration and fine art, and their application to advertising. For copywriters, a range of practical projects will further your writing skills, helping you write in a clear, lively and visual style to stimulate your audience.

During London Study Week, we visit a number of major advertising agencies (see Building professional experience).

- Study Block 3

In Study Block 3, you'll produce a portfolio that will help your transition into this competitive industry. Working with a partner – copywriter or art director – your portfolio can include live projects negotiated with agencies and clients, supported and advised by the course team.

The course's practical elements are substantiated by theoretical studies in Visual Culture & Communication, where you'll research and analyse advertising within changing cultural contexts. The Applied Technology unit gives you hands-on IT training, including using software packages like InDesign, Photoshop, imaging, file conversion, typography and web development.

MA Creative Advertising course map (https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/download/ma_creative_advertising_course_map_0.pdf)

Facilities

- Full IT facilities
- Course-specific computer suite
- Large Mac suite where most of the IT lectures take place

Assessment

- Assessment at the end of each study block
- Combination of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final, external assessment takes place in September

Careers

Potential careers include:

- Copywriter, art director or creative director
- Strategic planner
- Marketing director, communications officer or event manager
- Web content producer
- Research and further education

Interview and selection process

Along with your application form you will need to send us at least three other pieces of creative work and answer the creative brief (below). Your creative work samples can be anything you feel is appropriate such as creative writing, photographs, videos, drawings, films, 3D work.

MA Creative Advertising creative brief (https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/download/ma_creative_advertising_creative_brief_2015.pdf)

Once you have applied the course team will assess your application. If we think you have the potential to study at Falmouth we will invite you to an interview. We would really like to see you in person but we can hold a telephone interview if this is not possible. Where possible we like to interview at our postgraduate open days, but we do hold interviews throughout the year.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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This innovative programme fuses design with the concepts and principles of advertising, allowing you to develop a range of skills to thrive in a fast-paced and competitive industry. Read more

This innovative programme fuses design with the concepts and principles of advertising, allowing you to develop a range of skills to thrive in a fast-paced and competitive industry.

Taught by the School of Design and Leeds University Business School – one of the world’s top 100 business schools – you’ll take a creative approach to solving communication problems in advertising and branding. You’ll develop your own practice, collaborate with other designers and gain a deeper awareness of how design can convey a brand message, using a range of software and techniques.

At the same time, you’ll study ideas, research and theories in advertising to explore the strategic backdrop of brand communications from the blurring of markets to the ways in which digital technology, such as social media and mobile, have changed the relationship between brands and consumers.

You’ll mix creativity and innovation with advertising strategy to gain a valuable range of knowledge and skills.

Specialist facilities

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There’s also a computer-aided design (CAD) suite with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs.

We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of branding and advertising over time.

Course content

You’ll begin to develop your understanding of advertising principles from the start of the programme, when you’ll study consumer behaviour and explore how brands can adopt these different theories to inform their marketing strategies.

Focusing on contemporary issues, you’ll look at the process of strategic marketing communications and how strategic marketing works on the global stage. At the same time, you’ll study practical design modules where you’ll learn to visualise creative communications ideas and present your proposals to clients, as well as considering how compelling text within an advertising concept can influence consumers.

In Semester 2 you’ll build on this foundation by exploring integrated communication, developing creative concepts that can work for a range of different media outlets, as well as the broader aspects of campaign planning, print, radio and TV ad production and the ethics of advertising campaigns.

You’ll think about reach, frequency and the often complex question of return on investment and even choose from specialist modules on topics such as social media, sales promotion, brand management and direct marketing.

At the end of the programme you’ll submit a substantial project that demonstrates the knowledge and skills that you’ve gained. You can either complete a dissertation – an independent research project on a related topic of your choice – or develop a communication campaign concept of your own.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Visual Communication 15 credits
  • Persuasion 15 credits
  • Integrated Communication 30 credits
  • Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
  • Marketing Communications 10 credits
  • Advertising 15 credits
  • Global Strategic Marketing 15 credits
  • Media Planning and Strategy 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Creative Direction 35 credits
  • Dissertation - Advertising and Design 35 credits
  • Brand Management and Corporate Identity 15 credits
  • Sales Promotion and Sponsorship 15 credits
  • Social Media Marketing 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Advertising and Design MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods that reflects the diversity of the programme, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, online learning and group sessions. Independent study is also an important element of this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills as well as your design specialisms.

Assessment

You’ll also be assessed by a variety of methods. Obviously these will include your own creative work as you develop campaign concepts in your taught design modules, but also presentations, reflective logs, reports, group projects and written assignments.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a dynamic and expanding sector.

You’ll be a confident strategist, planner, account executive or creative advertiser or designer who also understands the relationship between advertising, brand development and consumers. In addition, you’ll have important skills such as oral and written communication, presentations, research, analysis and commercial awareness.

We’ve designed the programme to prepare you for a range of opportunities working in the creative industries, traditional advertising and design agencies, digital and social media. Alternatively, you may want to explore different elements of advertising and design at PhD level.

Students from this programme have successfully gained employment at both traditional and non-traditional advertising agencies all over the world, and in a wide variety of roles including brand management, marketing and more.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Advertising is everywhere. Always transient, sometimes trivial, yet it can be incredibly powerful in changing our perceptions, our beliefs and our behaviour. Read more

Advertising is everywhere. Always transient, sometimes trivial, yet it can be incredibly powerful in changing our perceptions, our beliefs and our behaviour. Through this programme, you will develop an advanced understanding of how advertising affects the human mind, giving you unique and valuable insight into the industry.

This unique course provides an interface between theory and practice, understanding and skills, by giving you a thorough grounding in the psychology underpinning persuasion, in the context of how it is applied – and how it might be applied more radically – in the communications industry.

The course combines small-group ‘knowledge-exchange’ with innovative student-led teaching, built around our outstanding expertise in cognitive, developmental, social and neuropsychological aspects of advertising. You will benefit from perspectives and contributions from academic researchers, seasoned advertising practitioners, and original commercially-oriented research.

Studying a combination of skills and theory-based modules, you will develop a high-level of technical understanding of the discipline. You will have the opportunity to practise and develop analytical and interpretation skills alongside modules that will enhance your ability to conduct and present psychology research.

Your knowledge and understanding of the psychology of advertising and advertising theory will also develop as you engage with specialist modules focused on these topics. Studying the relationship between advertising and the human mind, and applying your learning to advertising strategy, positioning, brand, and marketing communications will prepare you for the competitive world of advertising and marketing. The advanced skills and knowledge you develop through these modules will be invaluable as you progress into a career or further research.

During the year, you will also complete a dissertation project, supported by an academic supervisor. This will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate everything that you have learnt and put theory into practice. You will develop your data-handling skills as well as your ability to accurately and appropriately present your research.

In addition, your dissertation can be completed in parallel or sequentially with an industry placement. This would give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, while applying your skills and knowledge to address a real-world, industry-focused challenge. This practical, relevant experience of working for an external organisation (and the networking opportunities this brings) is hugely beneficial when applying for jobs at the end of the course.

This course is designed for graduates who come from a wide range of disciplines and plan to pursue a career in advertising or communications, or who wish to refresh their skills or shift focus to a more planning-based trajectory. It is also suitable for those who wish to undertake further research into the psychology of advertising and related fields at PhD level.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



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Do you have a passion for creative communication? Would you like to improve your employability within the advertising industry? This challenging master’s programme focuses on the development of hands-on creative advertising techniques, helping you to build a set of skills that you’ll use throughout your career. Read more

Do you have a passion for creative communication? Would you like to improve your employability within the advertising industry? This challenging master’s programme focuses on the development of hands-on creative advertising techniques, helping you to build a set of skills that you’ll use throughout your career. You’ll also develop a thorough understanding of relevant academic theory, exploring popular culture and the ways in which it is shaped by promotional media.

Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Advertising curriculum focuses on industry relevant workplace skills, teaching students to function as part of a professional advertising business. These skills include idea generation, working to a brief, research, copywriting, strategy and presentation. Students will also complete a master’s project, which is an ideal opportunity to focus on the specific areas of advertising that interest them. For further details on the course’s academic content, please visit the ‘course content’ tab.

Students benefit from creative guidance throughout the course, receiving regular feedback from the tutoring team, other students and specially invited advertising professionals. This feedback helps students to craft a portfolio of commercially appealing work, and encourages them to reflect on their own creative process.

Advertising students at Southampton Solent may get their first taste of the industry by freelancing at Solent Creatives, an on-campus advertising and marketing agency that specialises in connecting students with business clients. This offers students the opportunity to gain work experience, create additional work for their portfolios and make industry contacts.

Students are encouraged to take on work experience throughout their studies. Advertising students have previously secured placements at Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, EHS 4D, Chemistry Communications, B&Q, Channel 4 (Jersey) and Palmer Hargreaves.

What does this course lead to?

Following this course, you will be well placed for a variety of careers in national or international advertising agencies. Students will work on competition briefs for organisations such as the Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) and the Young Creative Network (YCN).

Who is this course for?

Solent’s creative advertising master’s degree is ideally-suited to those looking to progress their career in the advertising industry. The course will help those looking to further develop their career by covering creative strategies, building a creative portfolio, and professional practice.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students will have access to a range of specialist facilities throughout their studies. These include Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing facilities and traditional printing presses.

Solent also provides a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students access to high-end photographic equipment.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Copywriting
  • Media buying
  • Account management
  • Art direction.

Industry links

Our experienced teaching team has strong links with high-profile professional bodies, enabling you to develop useful contacts in the advertising world and to meet key industry figures. 

You will be encouraged to complete work experience and we’ll help you to find a suitable placement, if possible at a top agency. Leading creative directors will be among those to critique your work, giving you valuable feedback.

Industry guest lectures, agency visits and careers events will help to boost your insight into the advertising industry and your network of contacts. 

You’ll also have the chance to develop your industry connections and freelance portfolio through real-world work for Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency.

Placements

We’ll encourage you to complete work experience as part of the Professional Practice unit. Through this you’ll gain real-world experience of working in an agency environment, helping you to plan your future career. You’ll also have the chance to develop your industry connections and freelance portfolio through working for Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency. Students are invited to pitch for work at Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency. These projects involve real businesses and are ideally suited for portfolio development.



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MA Advertising and Public Relations emphasizes practical skills in both advertising and PR from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. Read more

Programme Overview

MA Advertising and Public Relations emphasizes practical skills in both advertising and PR from the outset, with students developing and presenting their own bodies of professional work. Richmond is a partner University of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). MA Advertising and Publication Relations is for those who are interested in pursuing a career in advertising and PR and suitable for those with a business, marketing and arts background.

The practical aspect of the course culminate in an optional accredited internship and mandatory professional research project, including live PR work and associated advertising materials and, at its end, a critical reflection which will require students to relate their work to wider thinking about these industries. At the same time the programme provides an in-depth academic examination of the advertising and PR industries, their histories, how they function in the contemporary world and the role they play in international society and economic life – especially in relation to the media, business and the full range of marketing disciplines.

Explore

Students examine the issues these industries face and explore different views of both advertising and PR. Students also benefit from a range of optional courses in the second semester of the programme, which enable them to develop knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest.

Industry Networking & Internships

The programme benefits from exceptionally strong links with the advertising and PR industries in London, with teaching by practitioners, a wide range of distinguished guest speakers, and events involving both industries. These links not only ensure that students are aware of the latest developments in London’s advertising and PR industries, but facilitate internships and help students with their career development.

Core Modules

Fall Semester (3 core courses)
Advertising Practice
Public Relations Practice
Advertising and Public Relations in Context

Spring Semester (1 Core & 2 Electives)
Advertising and Public Relations in the Global Marketing Communications Mix

Summer Semester

Internship
Professional Research Project

How to Apply

Apply online using the application form available at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-admissions/ please send your completed form to us by email to or by mail to the following address: Admission Office, Richmond, the American University in London, Queens Road, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6JP, UK

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The Advertising Account Management program prepares you for a successful career in the client service area of the advertising and marketing and communications industry. Read more
The Advertising Account Management program prepares you for a successful career in the client service area of the advertising and marketing and communications industry.

If you like creating, planning, managing and working in collaborative teams, this Account Management program is for you. Because the advertising industry needs specialized account managers who understand the full scope of the industry, the courses in this offering cover areas such as:
-Advertising
-Digital, mobile and social media platforms
-Event marketing
-Direct marketing
-Management of integrated communications plans from inception to final production

Not only does a team of seasoned advertising professionals teach and mentor you as you acquire new skills and confidence for the industry, but you also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the real world. The Advertising Account Management program at Centennial College is the only post-graduate offering of its kind in Canada to offer a full 14-week field placement in the advertising and marketing communications industry.

During your field placement, you obtain knowledge of the day-to-day operations of account management and gain hands-on experience that you can highlight in your portfolio and on your resume. Many students have been offered full time or contract positions during their field placement.

Career Opportunities

Companies that have hired graduates of this School of Communication, Media and Design program include: Agency 59, Anderson DDB, Anomaly, BBDO/Proximity, Canadian Tire, Cossette Communications, Cundari, Draftfcb, J. Walter Thompson, Juniper Park, Leo Burnett, MacLaren McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Young & Rubicam.

Program Highlights
-This Account Management program gives you the opportunity to turn your degree or diploma into a practical way to enter the advertising industry.
-Faculty members have industry experience and can help you to connect with the industry by tapping into their network of professional contacts.
-Industry-equivalent computer software and media planning/research systems are utilized throughout many of your courses.
-Opportunity to work at Tilt — a student-run communications agency — provides an excellent opportunity to gain real experience working for real clients while you are in school.
-The Story Arts Centre, where you attend your courses, is only 15 minutes from most of Toronto's major advertising agencies.
-The Interactive Advertising Bureau recognizes this program as offering the largest breadth of digital/mobile curriculum.
-The industry-recognized graduate certificate you earn once you complete the Advertising Account Management program reflects a high standard of learning.

Career Outlook
-Junior account executive
-Assistant account manager
-Sales promotion specialist
-Direct marketing assistant

Areas of Employment
-Advertising
-Digital and mobile marketing
-Sales promotion
-Event marketing
-Direct marketing

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By combining cutting edge thinking with practical project work, MA Advertising will enable you to develop the essential skills and experience to succeed within this dynamic and challenging industry. Read more

Introduction

By combining cutting edge thinking with practical project work, MA Advertising will enable you to develop the essential skills and experience to succeed within this dynamic and challenging industry.

You'll be encouraged to develop your own creativity, produce creatively persuasive advertising work and gain an in-depth critical insight into advertising and its role in shaping society and culture.

Course content

MA Advertising combines cutting edge thinking with practical project work, enabling you to develop the intellectual abilities and gain the relevant experience needed to succeed within this dynamic and challenging industry.

This blend of academic rigor with practical experience is designed to give you in-depth critical insight into advertising and improve your understanding of the impact the media, society and culture has on individuals and organisations and in turn the role advertising plays in shaping society and culture.

MA Advertising fosters an enquiring and analytical approach to the study and practice of advertising and you’ll develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and aesthetic skills and improve your personal professionalism and independence of judgment. You will address the nature of consumer behaviour and psychology including the role of persuasion and influence and critically assess methods for researching and measuring them. You will be encouraged to develop your own creativity and produce high quality and creatively persuasive advertising work.

You will explore your practice in ‘creative laboratory’ conditions, productive dialogue with theory and through critically supportive engagement with tutors and your peers. Your learning will be inspired and supported by an expert community of experienced academics, external specialists and practitioners from the highest levels of the industry.

Benefit from being immersed in the vibrant energy and creative community of London College of Communication; from photography exhibitions to film screenings, animation shows to interactive design installations, and masterclasses delivered by experts across the creative industries. Our emphasis on practice-based creativity and learning by doing will provide a unique and inspirational context for your own work both on the course and in your future career.

If you are interested in a career in advertising, the creative, cultural, or communication sectors, in professional research and analysis, or, more broadly, you want to become a more critical and strategic thinker, or continue your studies at doctoral level, MA Advertising is for you.

Structure

Phase One

Runs from your induction in September until January. You will take two units of study, which run in parallel: Creative Industry (40 credits) and Innovative Methods (20 credits).

Phase Two

Commences on your return in January and continues until the end of the spring term when you break for Easter. Two units running in parallel: Creative Laboratory (40 credits) and Technological Futures (20 credits).

Phase Three

Represents the culmination of your studies. Here you will engage in a self-generated research project, either through combining practice with theory or in a dissertation.

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Develop an understanding of the creative industry and the practical skills you’ll need for a career as an advertising creative. The world of advertising is fuelled by bright minds and creative thinkers. Read more
Develop an understanding of the creative industry and the practical skills you’ll need for a career as an advertising creative.

The world of advertising is fuelled by bright minds and creative thinkers. It generates millions of messages that reach consumers via an ever-increasing number of channels.

There are around 14,000 people employed in UK advertising, yet at its heart, only some 8% of employees are what are known as “creatives”. These are the art-directors, copywriters and planners who are the creative powerhouse of the industry.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Creative-Advertising-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

This course has been developed in collaboration with the Scottish Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (the IPA), and is taught by leading practitioners.

You’ll learn the best way to present your ideas and how to work collaboratively and individually as you create advertising across a variety of media, including print, TV, radio, outdoor and online.

Some live briefs are supported with visits to advertising agencies and we have a field trip to Speyside to research whisky production and marketing.

Your critical evaluation skills will also be developed as you explore the theories behind successful advertising campaigns and critique your own and others’ work.

Students have in recent years won “Yellow and Black Pencils” in the D&AD New Blood awards and medals in the Roses Creativity Awards.

Modules

• Planning in advertising
• Concept creation
• Creative toolkit or motion graphics
• Campaign creation
• Digital creative
• Major project portfolio in advertising practice

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

Creative directors and other senior industry professionals have a strong interest in the course and are always keen to discover new talent. Industry driven projects will expose you to employers and generate a valuable set of creative ideas that will enhance your portfolio.

Recent graduates have developed interests not only in creative careers but also in planning, account management and media planning/buying – 75% of graduates have found work in the advertising industry.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Accredited by the. Chartered Institute of Marketing. (CIM), our Masters in Advertising and Marketing allows you to gain specialist knowledge in marketing communications and advertising, alongside comprehensive understanding of key areas of marketing such as strategy, consumer behaviour and research. Read more

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), our Masters in Advertising and Marketing allows you to gain specialist knowledge in marketing communications and advertising, alongside comprehensive understanding of key areas of marketing such as strategy, consumer behaviour and research.

Taught by specialists with professional experience and research expertise, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to prepare for a successful career in marketing communications.

The course offers a balanced academic and practical programme, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to genuine business situations. You’ll explore contemporary developments in marketing and marketing communications theory and practice.

Dedicated modules will introduce you to key concepts, frameworks and approaches, whilst equipping you with the skills you need to work in a professional marketing communications or advertising environment. You’ll also select optional modules allowing you to focus on areas that suit your career plans.

Academic excellence

The Marketing division at Leeds University Business School is one of the leading centres of research in marketing in Europe. As part of our research, we engage with companies, senior executives and academics across the globe.

Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MA Advertising and Marketing; our academics bring their world-leading expertise to you in the classroom. The Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre is the Business School’s established and esteemed centre of excellence for scholarly research work.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), giving you the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. This means you can work towards CIM qualifications during your studies, and will receive exemptions from selected assessments.

CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners.

CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, which ensures you are equipped with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Course content

Throughout the year you’ll study core modules covering different aspects of advertising and marketing.

You will build your understanding of the ways in which brands communicate with their audiences with modules in marketing communications and PR and corporate communications. From there you’ll explore theories and practices of different types of advertising, and examine how organisations plan and develop their media strategies in a changing media landscape. In addition you’ll also gain an insight into important marketing functions of marketing which support brand communications.

Optional modules will give you the chance to shape the programme to suit your interests or career plans. You could focus on sales promotion, brand management and other fields such as social media, digital and interactive marketing.

The course culminates in a final project, which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained while focusing on a single topic in-depth. Two options are available – you could complete either a standard research dissertation on a topic of your choice, or a consultancy project, allowing you to work with an external business on a real marketing problem.

Throughout the course you’ll also benefit from a Professional Skills and Employability module, dedicated to developing the key skills employers are looking for when recruiting marketing graduates. Read what our students say about the opportunities for professional development.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take eight compulsory modules, plus your dissertation, which can be either a research dissertation or marketing consultancy project.

  • Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
  • Marketing Communications 15 credits
  • Advertising 15 credits
  • Global Strategic Marketing 15 credits
  • Media Planning and Strategy 15 credits
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communications 15 credits
  • Marketing Research 15 credits
  • Professional Skills and Employability 15 credits
  • Dissertation OR Marketing Consultancy Project 30 credits

Optional modules

  • You’ll also choose two optional modules.
  • Brand Management and Corporate Identity 15 credits
  • Sales Promotion and Sponsorship 15 credits
  • Social Media Marketing 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Advertising and Marketing MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our academics, including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MA Advertising and Marketing can expect to have a wide and varied range of career opportunities in marketing communications agencies and in-house marketing departments.

Previous graduates have become brand managers, research managers, account executives, business development specialists, sales managers and even started their own businesses. Employers include marketing agencies within the advertising and communications sector, retailers, communications groups, commercial banks, education and recruitment agencies.

An increasing number of graduates are working within the rapidly expanding digital, direct and interactive marketing industry.

Careers support

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to every student. This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to secure employment and start a successful career.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.

Read more about our careers support.



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The course structure is designed to enable you to undertake a comprehensive, searching, in depth examination of advertising practice. Read more
The course structure is designed to enable you to undertake a comprehensive, searching, in depth examination of advertising practice. One of the course’s key features is to take you not only through the rigorous and demanding stages of research, strategy and planning procedures, but to expose you to the functions and processes of the creative department. Giving you a full overview of advertising practice and a key insight into the creative process.

The course comes from the School of Communication Design within Falmouth University; synonymous with excellent teaching, fuelled by industry contacts and recognised for having an international alumni body.

Visit the website http://flexible.falmouth.ac.uk/courses/ma-advertising--marketing.htm

Summary

- Accelerate your career trajectory within the global advertising & marketing industry
- Acquire the skills to operate seamlessly within the world of advertising & marketing

Who is this course for?

This international-facing course delivers not only knowledge, but enhances career opportunities through extended networks, in an industry where being connected is essential. The flexible mode of delivery will enable you to continue your work, while developing new skills directly related to your current role, or to enhance your employability.

This course is suitable for applicants who may be:

- Working in a marketing or brand manager role who want to have a greater insight into advertising, agency functions, the creative process, how to deliver a brief, evaluate creative concepts and understand contemporary media channels

- Working within an advertising agency in a junior capacity who are looking to enhance their job performance and accelerate their career path

- Individuals with experience or aspirations in the creative departments of advertising agencies

- Individuals who are currently working within broad marketing roles (client side) who wish to establish a change in career path and seek employment in advertising (agency side)

Course content

You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total).

- Core Modules
Principles of marketing & brand strategy
Communication strategy & creative development
Media strategy & channels
Agency practice & management
Major project

Assessments

- Written assignments(no examinations)
- Combination of visual, verbal and written works, tailored specifically to each module e.g. essays, briefs, marketing plans, individual reports, collaborative presentations and advertising campaigns

How you study

You may choose to:

1. Study entirely online without attending any face-to-face workshops.
2. Study online and attend optional residential workshops, held biannually at various locations such as the UK, Asia or the Middle East.

A typical workshop will start on Friday and end on Monday. Students will be informed at least 4 months in advance giving you plenty of time to arrange your attendance. Attendance is strongly encouraged although not compulsory.

Taught by industry experts

Designed with employer-focused learning at the core, our courses work with global organisations, staff and alumni to provide you with the breadth of experience and networks needed to accelerate your career.

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

- Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
- Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
- Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
- Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
- Independent study
- Self-evaluation and peer feedback

Support

As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:
- Your own student ID card
- Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com
- 24/7 online access to library resources
- Students’ Union community

Find out how to apply here - https://myfalmouth.falmouth.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=MAADMAPO_102&code2=0001

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The Advertising - Creative and Digital Strategy program addresses the high demand for creators in the digital field of advertising and marketing, which is growing faster than all other areas in this industry. Read more
The Advertising - Creative and Digital Strategy program addresses the high demand for creators in the digital field of advertising and marketing, which is growing faster than all other areas in this industry.

The Advertising - Creative and Digital Strategy graduate certificate program at the Story Arts Centre in Toronto, blends Centennial College's experience in advertising and digital media with our strengths in business and marketing. The program focuses on helping you create engaging digital experiences built on solid creative strategy. You become immersed in the digital field and learn the process required for developing breakthrough creative advertising campaigns.

Through your courses, you acquire the necessary skills in creative strategies, writing, developing creative concepts, art direction, collaboration, presenting skills and entrepreneurialism. During a field placement, which is part of the second semester, Creative and Digital Strategy students take part in team assignments, working in a collaborative environment that mimics the real world.

Further, you learn new technologies and platforms that keep you informed about recent innovations in the digital creative field.

The program focuses on five key areas:
-Creative strategy: to ensure advertising meets clients' business objectives
-Digital storytelling: to build on the power of storytelling in developing impactful creative advertising
-Brand engagement: to create strong connections with consumers
-Entrepreneurship: to foster key business skills that encourage innovation and risk-taking

Emerging platforms: to ensure you are up-to-date on the latest in digital technology impacting the advertising industry
In this program, you:
-Gain an understanding of the digital creation process from a creative director's point of view
-Learn how to craft a creative digital strategy that delivers results
-Develop a strong portfolio and case studies for prospective employers
-Enhance presentation skills to help sell ideas
-Understand the impact of technology on creative development
-Foster digital storytelling skills to bring brands to life online
-Analyze and solve business and marketing challenges for clients by applying innovative creative and digital techniques
-Complement in-class education with a field placement that will provide the opportunity to work in the industry and hone skills

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-This Creative and Digital Strategy program gives you the opportunity to turn a degree or diploma into an exciting career in a growing field in the advertising industry.
-You learn how to create digitally-centric creative portfolio pieces using current industry design and writing standards.
-Faculty members have extensive industry experience and can help you connect to the industry by tapping into their personal networks.
-The program is offered at the Story Arts Centre, which is about 15 minutes from most advertising and digital marketing agencies in Toronto.
-At the Story Arts Centre, there are numerous opportunities to collaborate with students in a range of other marketing and communications-focused programs to enhance the learning experience.

Career Outlook

-Digital art director
-Digital designer
-Digital writer
-Information architect
-Digital strategist
-Content strategist

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Our MA in Advertising Practice is the UK’s most innovative advertising course, for copywriters, art directors, and account planners. Read more
Our MA in Advertising Practice is the UK’s most innovative advertising course, for copywriters, art directors, and account planners. How can we made such a claim? Because this is the only course that brings copywriters, art directors and account planners together to work on a combination of course - and client - set "live" briefs. You'll also have the opportunity to lead teams of undergraduate advertising students, mirroring the professional creative team-leadership role.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is designed to help writers, art directors and planners improve their specialist skills while at the same time learning to work collaboratively. Some of the modules are discipline-specific and others require students to work in teams as creative leaders do in agencies.

MODULES

During this full-time course you will undertake 60 credits of modules over each trimester. You will begin the course in Research Methodologies, where you'll gain the tools to learn and document your learning. You’ll study how to conduct research, get the most out of libraries and databases, ethical issues in research and more.

At the same time you will work on the module 'Creativity in Practise, which will help you get working on campaigns whilst studying examples of best practice from across the world.

In the second trimester, you'll hone your specialist skills in copywriting, art direction or account planning through a combination of specialist and business-focused modules. You'll learn to speak the language of business to the world's top marketing executives.

In Final Project, you'll present your final project to advertising executives at a major global advertising agency, and mentor undergraduate teams. The presentation of your project will be done virtually, or you can travel to the agency headquarters. During this time you'll be working in randomly selected teams to develop campaigns. You'll also have the opportunity to help undergraduates prepare their campaigns for a final presentation.

For more information on modules please refer to our website: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-advertising-practice/

TEACHING METHODS

Students will benefit from a variety of teaching methods including classroom seminar and workshops, guest lectures led by industry experts, one-on-one tutorials with staff.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You will be assessed through portfolios of creative work, reflective essays and presentations.

For more information on assessment please see our course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/media/bathspaacuk/course-handbooks/old-handbooks/old-handbooks/PG-Advertising-Practice-2015-16.pdf

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Successful graduates will have the portfolio, CV, advanced degree and agency experience to secure positions at a top advertising agency. Should they wish, graduates may also choose to start their own business – creating their own advertising agencies or consultancies.

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