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Creative Media Industries: Cultural Management (MA)

Course Description

During this full-time MA Cultural Management you'll work creatively in a department that offers one of London's richest portfolios of arts and humanities courses, appealing to a range of students who wish to develop their expertise in fields including visual and performing arts, advertising, architecture, crafts,design, fashion, film, publishing, TV and radio, and video games.

The course will develop your understanding of the practice and management of the creative and cultural industries, as well as the political, economic and cultural contexts in which these industries operate. You'll develop your skills and critical understanding of the cultural and creative media sector, and the management of cultural organisations in a wide variety of contexts including drama, creative writing, visual arts curation, festival and theatre management. You'll also have hands-on experience of producing or managing a project.

If you want to develop your career in arts, media and cultural organisations then this course is for you. In addition to being taught by a highly experienced and qualified team you will also benefit greatly from the internship element of the course. This mix of practical experience, combined with academic rigour will provide you with a set of applied and transferable skills - critical analysis, problem solving, and research techniques – as well as specific knowledge related to the International cultural and media sector.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/cultural-management-ma


Modules are assessed by essays, dissertation, exam, in-class presentations, blogs/workbooks and practical project work.

Semester 1:
- Culture and identity in a globalised world
This module will address the interrelationships between creative media industries and a variety of contemporary social and cultural phenomena in the context of globalisation.

- Creative industries: the cultural context
This module explores what we mean by the creative industries and who have been the key players in shaping cultural theory and policy.

- Practice as research and development: Project initiation
You'll be expected to initiate the research and development of a coherent and critically informed piece of work.

- Creative industries placement
You'll apply your academic learning at postgraduate level within a practical context. This will usually be a work experience placement within the cultural industries.

Semester 2:
- Researching the media industries
This module will provide you with the research skills required to engage in meaningful graduate level research in the cultural and creative industries. The module will focus on two aspects of study: the theories and methods of media research and the social, media, cultural and policy contexts of research.The module will prepare you for the final research paper.

- Research paper
The Research Paper is the summative element of the MA degree. The Research Paper gives you the opportunity to conduct original research in an area of your degree or field of interest.

- Practice as research and development: Project production
Following on from project initiation. You'll be expected to develop and manage a coherent and critically informed piece of work.


This course is ideal for students who are seeking to develop their career in the arts and creative and cultural industries. The placement module and the Practice as Research and Development module are designed to provide you with the opportunity to improve skills and your contacts.

In recent years students have secured placements at a number of nationally and internationally recognised organisations such as Glastonbury Festival, the O2 Arena, the National Theatre, Sadlers Wells and the Courtauld Institute. The department has links with a wide range of performing arts and contemporary media organisations in London, across the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. In the department we have had recent guest lecturers from the Association of British Orchestras, British Youth Opera, Donmar Warehouse , The Wireless Theatre Company and the National Maritime Museum. In addition many of our modules are taught by practicing professionals from the arts and media.

The Department is also host to the Heritage Lottery Funded, Borough Road Gallery. Students on this course will have the opportunity to take the internships in the gallery and work with the curator to deliver a programme of outreach and interpretation of the collection.

Other industry links include:
- Royal National Theatre
- Greenwich and Docklands Festival
- Tara Arts
- Rockethouse Documentaries
- Met Films
- BushTheatre


The course offers you the opportunity to take part in significant work experience placements in London, the UK or possibly abroad. Both the preparation for the placement, which we guide you through, and the placement itself are assessed modules as part of the course. Our positioning in Central London, and our developed industry links means that we are exceptionally placed for students taking part on the placements.

Working with an individual experienced mentor on a project is also an alternative to the traditional placement.

Past placements include: Royal National Theatre Archive, Golley Slater Marketing, Siblings Together Charity, Saatchi Gallery.

Teaching and learning

The course offers one-to-one supervisions in three modules.There are regular additional support events, such as visits to galleries and performance viewings. The course now boasts a new shared production office, which allows to you to work on projects collaboratively in an environment similar to that which you could expect after graduation.


- Borough Road Gallery
The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

- Arts, music and cultural events in London
The University couldn't be better located being only a 10-15 minute walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic and therefore the best of London's plays, performances, exhibitions and screenings.

Visit the Creative Media Industries: Cultural Management (MA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 in relevant subject / Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.

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