This exciting degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the major areas in contemporary media and communications – branding.
The unique programme introduces you to the variety of ways in which brands are developed and used, and helps you to understand how the growth of branding – in business, but also in politics, government, sport and culture – has changed the societies we live in.
What happens when the state starts to use branding techniques to communicate with its citizens?
And how does the rise of digital and social media change the relationship between brands and their publics?
What, for example, are the consequences of understanding political parties, artists or sports teams as ‘brands’?
An introduction to contemporary branding debates
The MA in Brands, Communication and Culture aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the history and development of brands and branding, and their relationship to contemporary forms of communication and culture. Specifically, you should acquire an in-depth knowledge of the social, political and economic backdrop against which branding has become so important, and an understanding of the key themes and debates surrounding its development and use, including the relationship between brands and intellectual property, and the extent to which branding promotes or inhibits openness and transparency within organisations.
You will also improve your ability to think critically and creatively about contemporary communications and cultural practices. When you have completed the programme you will have at your disposal a range of tools that will enable you to analyse contemporary communications, to make judgments about their significance and value and be able to thoughtfully contribute to contemporary communications.
A unique approach to the study of brands
This MA is not a conventional branding or marketing course. Instead it offers a unique approach to the study of brands. This is reflected in the topics taught on our core modules, which include:
The MA Brands, Communication and Culture is taught across two departments: Media & Communications and Sociology. This gives you access to experts in many fields. In addition to the two core courses you will have the opportunity to customize your degree by choosing from a range of modules from different departments to allow you to explore your own interests and make wider connections.
We welcome students who bring to the course a range of experiences and interests in communication, management, politics, design and the cultural industries.
Recent dissertation topics include:
The programme is made up of two core modules (60 credits in total), between two and four options modules (60 credits in total), and a dissertation (60 credits).
The first core module, Branding I, introduces you to contemporary definitions and theories of branding, its history and development, changes in the role of marketing, promotion and design, and their place in the global economy.
The second core module, Branding II, puts greater emphasis on contemporary themes and issues in branding, and their relationship to wider debates in society, economy and culture.
Throughout the core components of the degree, you will examine the wide range of ways in which branding is currently used, in organisations ranging from large corporations to public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations.
For the optional modules, you'll have an opportunity to explore some of the wider contexts for brands and branding by taking up to 60 credits of modules provided elsewhere in Media and Communications or neighbouring departments such as Sociology, Cultural Studies and Anthropology.
Part-time students typically take the two core modules in their first year, and the options modules plus the dissertation in their second year.
The department offers some practice-based options in areas such as:
Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
The programme helps students to develop a high-level understanding of contemporary branding and communications techniques and their social, economic and political contexts. You will be encouraged to develop your critical reasoning skills and your understanding of contemporary cultural and media theory, but also to develop greater visual literacy and a capacity for creative thinking. Assessments are designed to ensure that you are able to apply these skills in practical ways.
The programme equips you with the skills necessary to pursue a wide range of careers related to branding and communication in the media and other industries. Students are encouraged to seek work experience and work placements during the programme as time allows. The MA also allows you to pursue further academic research in one or more of the areas covered on the programme.
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MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, will enable you to engage with the complex marketing and branding challenges facing fashion brands in a global industry. You will develop the skills required to understand and build fashion brands, and how to use design-led solutions to meet modern marketing and management challenges. A distinctive feature of this programme is the focus on understanding fashion consumer behaviour and fashion brands from emerging markets/economies. Whether your interests lie with luxury, fast fashion, lifestyle or other fashion brands, you will gain an understanding of how to apply your knowledge in a dynamic industry. Teaching on this programme is provided by staff with many years of experience in the fashion and creative industries, and you will practise skills that will be directly transferable to a working environment or to further research-based postgraduate study.
This is the course page for MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fashion Marketing 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 Fashion Marketing 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.
MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Winchester School of Art is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands.
This MA programme will explore the specific marketing challenges and opportunities that exist within the world of fashion and its supporting textiles industries. The global nature of the Fashion industry, coupled with rapid advances in communication and digital technologies, have changed the nature of how we view the world of fashion and how consumers' tastes develop. In this context, the world of Fashion demands a focused and knowledge based approach to marketing.
You will critically analyse your ideas in relation to contemporary issues and theories of fashion and textile marketing from a local and global perspective. You will have the opportunity to develop the critical thinking and skills required for a successful career in Fashion Marketing and Branding, enabling you to respond positively to the changing demands of clients and consumers.
Subjects covered include:
Students are encouraged from a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing. This programme is open to management based students without an arts portfolio or to students from arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering and science backgrounds.
Branding is one of the most important aspects of marketing. This course is designed for those seeking to develop a specialist understanding of brand management and communications. If you want to kick-start a career in one of these exciting fields, this is the course for you.
Communications contribute to the competitive advantage of a business through differentiation and building brand value and equity. This degree will introduce you to the various tools businesses use - including advertising, promotion and PR to communicate with target markets.
The degree develops your knowledge of both the theory and practice of marketing at an advanced level. It will provide you with an in-depth and critical understanding of research methodologies, as well as marketing communications planning and strategy.
You will critically analyse real world branding and develop a marketing communications strategy for a real client. This will provide you with the commercial marketing experience that employers are looking for.
The course is organised into three-hour blocks of teaching and seminar activities, which are based on specialist reading, research and case studies. Modules are assessed through essays, reports, group work, presentations and examinations.
All of our Marketing MSc courses share six core modules (Moving to Masters, Critical Developments in Marketing Theory and Practice, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Marketing Research I: quantitative methods, Marketing Research II: qualitative methods, and a dissertation).
This specialist route includes one subject-specific module (Branding and Communications), but also shares a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations.
In the final phase of the course, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a marketing topic of your choice, which will require you to make recommendations for real-life marketing practice. Throughout your dissertation, you will receive support from a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.
All students will study six core modules including a masters transition module and a dissertation. You will also choose an option module to study. This will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world's largest organisation for professional marketers. The CIM have awarded the course Multiple Award Pathway status, which means that you will have a number of exemptions from CIM qualifications.
CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and – alongside our Marketing MSc – will ensure that you are equipped with the best education for a successful marketing career.
You will be entitled to free CIM affiliate-level membership, giving you access to a range of benefits and services. CIM membership is a clear demonstration of your commitment to ongoing professional development.
Membership benefits include:
You will also be able to take modules from your course that will help you gain the following CIM qualifications:
CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing
To obtain this certificate you will need to pass the CIM’s Integrated Communications module and one option module. You will be exempt from the CIM’s Marketing module.
CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing
To obtain the diploma you will need to pass the CIM’s Marketing Metrics module and one option module. *
CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing
To obtain the diploma you will need to take the Branding and Marketing Communications module and pass the CIM’s Digital Marketing Essentials module and one option module. You will be exempt from the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour module.
A Marketing (Branding and Communications) MSc from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career.
The course has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding career in sectors including advertising, branding, communications, digital marketing, direct marketing, event management, public relations and sales.
The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level or working as a professional researcher in marketing.
Previous graduates have started successful careers with the following companies:
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.
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.
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:
'A creative development workshop in action'
This course will give you the leading-edge theories, tools and techniques you need to operate at a strategic and tactical level within global marketing. Created in close consultation with senior marketing professionals and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, it develops the skills sought by today's marketing employers.
In your first semester, you will explore fundamental issues and concepts of marketing practice, before learning about consumer buying behaviour and the factors influencing it. You will also take a holistic view of an organisation and how it attempts to develop marketing strategy in a challenging global environment.
In your second semester, you will learn about corporate and reputation management. You will also implement and work with practical tools including marketing plans and metrics, as well as developing your understanding of consumer engagement. You will be exposed to the very latest thinking in both conventional and digital marketing disciples.
Finally, in your third semester, you will choose a major practical project, with the opportunity to use your skills in a real-world setting, conduct independent research or gain work experience overseas.
You can add a year's work placement, making your master's a two-year course. If you undertake a placement, you must take up the Business Research Project in semester three.
When you successfully complete your MSc Branding and Advertising course, you'll have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification, the Level 4 CIM professional Certificate. You'll also be exempt from certain modules on either the CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing or CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing. The qualification you gain depends on your level of practical experience.
Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.
Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.
We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.
A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research-based projects.
The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.
All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.
You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.
Visit the MSc Branding and Advertising page on the Nottingham Trent University web site for more details! https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/business/pg/2017-18/branding-and-advertising
Nottingham Business School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships for our full-time master's courses. To find out more visit the Nottingham Business School website. (http://www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/courses/fees_and_funding/postgraduate_fees/index.html?utm_campaign=FAM-BLSS-Nov-15&utm_medium=Profile&utm_source=Findamasters&utm_term=BLSS )
As a student in the MA Advertising, Branding and Communication course at the University of West London, you will become a strategic thinker and communicator to create cutting edge advertising, brand and design campaigns. We build your understanding of brand communication, professional graphic design, advertising strategy and creativity to help prepare you for your future career.
Communication is at the centre of the way we live our lives. Today's communication systems and tools are complex, sophisticated and extremely powerful. However, the usefulness of these systems and tools depends on those who know how best to use them creatively and strategically.
As consumers become more knowledgeable and knowing, we must create the right kind of conversation. Advertising, Branding and Communication is lightning fast - responding to consumer needs, aspirations, and trends, in highly innovative relational and meaningful ways.
This course has a vocational focus, giving you the professional experience required to kick-start your career after graduation.
This course delivers in-depth, real time real-world real-value education. You will:
• work industry hours, at industry pace and on industry projects and internships
• learn to research, apply and present design innovation, brand narrative with mentored design partnerships/teams on industry set briefs
• have the opportunity to collaborate across other post graduate courses delivered in the London School of Film Media and Design and the London School of Music
• gain specialist skills and knowledge in your course
• gain insight and professional practice from working alongside students
• explore a range of evolutionary and revolutionary processes
• build a professional understanding of today's competitive global environments related to design, advertising processes and the management of communication
• develop your own project driven by your new knowledge.
Postgraduate taught courses are taught through a range of:
• industry visits group tutorials.
Upon graduation, you can work as a brand designer, account handler, graphic communication designer or idea strategist, making your creative mark in the demanding worlds of branding or advertising. You will bring your knowledge of contemporary innovation and brand strategy to a range of industry projects.
You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
The Master in Fashion Marketing - From Strategy to Branding trains professionals able to face the new challenges of a world in rapid and constant evolution. In particular, the course covers the study of the most important aspects of fashion marketing management, the communication techniques - focusing on aspects of positioning strategies and brand management - the identity and consumer needs without neglecting the analysis of digital media.
The course is based on a creative approach to develop innovative thinking and experimenting new strategies in the area.
Career opportunities - Graduate students can approach different fashion segments: Brand Management, Corporate Marketing, Business Development, Distribution and Retailing as well as counseling and communication agencies.