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Cultural and Creative Industries MA

Course Description

This interdisciplinary programme allows students to examine the structure and history of the cultural and creative industries and explore practical and theoretical issues facing cultural entrepreneurs, professionals and policy-makers. It uses a range of analytical tools from sociology, history and cultural studies, and draws on teaching, research and professional expertise from both King's academics and professionals working in the field.

Key Benefits

- Located at the heart of London's arts and media industries.

- Guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers provide up-to-date knowledge of current debates and trends

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/cultural-and-creative-industries-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Cultural & Creative Industries is a unique interdisciplinary programme that draws on studies in cultural theories, cultural history, digital culture, management, geography, cultural policy, gender and fashion and makes use of London arts and cultural links with Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute. Leads to careers in major cultural and creative organisations and smaller creative businesses.

- Course purpose -

Provides a critical understanding of the cultural and creative industries for graduates seeking a career in the arts or creative industries or for professionals wishing to enhance their existing knowledge and career prospects. Can also prepare students for doctoral research in culture, media and creative industries. Meanwhile, it is important to know that we are not a media, communications or journalism studies programme. If you wish to follow a career in these areas, MA CCI will only be relevant in so far as your interests relate specifically to the cultural and creative industries (e.g. performing and visual arts, cultural heritage, film and music).

- Course format and assessment -

Exams; essays; dissertation.

Career Prospects:

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles in the cultural and creative industries including arts administration in local government, art marketing for a major cultural institution in London, editing a lifestyle magazine in the US, and researching for China's broadcasting industry regulator. Further career paths have included performing arts management, museum and gallery management, arts funding, cultural industries development, film distribution, freelance research and creative business development. A number of our students have gone on to do further academic research.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Cultural and Creative Industries MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)


1987.jpg Having already spent 3 years at King’s studying for a BA in Geography I felt that I had no real reason to move anywhere else for my Masters. The university is perfectly located in the heart of London, has an incredibly diverse student population, and has strong inter-institutional links with other universities both locally and internationally.

Furthermore, the MA Culture, Media, and Creative Industries is the longest running course of its kind and has attracted scholars from a wide range of backgrounds who are at the forefront of their respective fields giving the teaching element an exciting research led quality. There is a concerted effort from the course leaders to instill a sense of community amongst a very diverse international student body. They lay on mixer events, invest plenty of money into drinks and networking evenings, and generally try their best to make your time here at King’s both friendly and beneficial in terms of creating a vibrant student community.

In terms of King’s wider appeal it would be safe to say that the prestige of the university and the weight its name gives to your CV pays dividends in terms of employment and wider social mobility. It has been voted the best higher education institution for employment and enjoys fantastic links with businesses and institutions both in London and further afield.

With respect to my course the fresh injection of cash into Somerset House and the newly formed King’s Cultural Institute (under the stewardship of former ROH creative director Deborah Bull) shows that exciting new projects are being readily invested in to the benefit of students and the wider community alike. It’s certainly an exciting time to be at King’s with its prestigious past and a bright future.

(Student Profile)


1988.jpg When I was looking for a master’s course in culture, I could only find programmes that focused on its historical aspect: art history, for instance, or film classes about specific periods. Moreover, they all focused on only one cultural discipline; there was no option to combine art and film, or any other topics. The Cultural and Creative Industries MA offered by King’s is one of the few exceptions. With courses like ‘Digital Cultures’, ‘Towards Tomorrow’s Museum’ and the option to do an internship it really gives me a more practical and up to date sense of the industry I will be working in afterwards.

Combining different subjects is perfectly possible, and I think that interdisciplinary approach adds value to our tasks and discussions in class. The fact that all of this is based in the middle of London only increases its success. The city offers a wide range of cultural events; it buzzes with creative excitement, and that is just what I was looking for. I feel it makes my course more relevant and I can directly apply the things I have learnt when I wander about the National Galleries, go to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, join in a discussion with the director of the National Theatre or when I take my friends to the London Film Festival. For me, the combination of this course and this city is the best choice I could have made this year.

(Student Profile)


4632.jpg "The internship was an important part of my MA programme and helped me to identify what I want to do in the future."


Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline. For those returning to study, evidence of appropriate experience will be required. Please note that a written personal statement ( emphasising both qualifying background and reasons for selecting this programme) will be required, in addition to a sample of academic writing should be submitted. For more detailed guidance please see the next tab, 'Applying, Fees & Funding'.Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Course Fees

(2017/18) Full time: UK/EU: £10,950. Overseas: £19,650. Part time: UK/EU: £5,475. Overseas: £9,825

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