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University of Sussex, Full Time Masters Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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Develop your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work. Explore theory and practice in the field of popular music production, focusing on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills. Read more
Develop your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work. Explore theory and practice in the field of popular music production, focusing on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills.

Our MA reflects current developments within and beyond the concert hall, including music for film, media and interactive arts. You will:
-Compose
-Make sound art
-Devise music theatre
-Use music technologies
-Create film music
-Evaluate music and sonic art

The course is for composers, musicians, sound artists, sound and music practitioners from related fields including theatre, and theorists with interests in music and sound.

How will I study?
For each module, you can choose between submitting a creative project or an essay. You also submit a supervised extended project or dissertation.

Facilities
You have access to facilities including the Music Department’s recordings and scores collections, the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio for recording and synthesis, and a range of music software.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers
You will have built up a substantial portfolio of compositions and creative projects during the course.

Our course emphasises and encourages skills in technology, communication, IT, evaluation, analysis, collaboration and organisation, and enables you to go on to compose, arrange, perform, produce, record and engage in sound design.

With these skills and experiences, our graduates go on to work in an amazing range of careers, such as:
-Freelance professional musicians and composers
-Work in the arts sector
-In publishing
-Arts administration
-Producing events
-Radio broadcasting
-Writing and lecturing

You also gain the skills to go on to do research, teaching in schools, music journalism, writing music for video games and running your own music production company.

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Deepen your understanding of the history of art and gain the skills necessary for advanced research and critical analysis. You can take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest such as. Read more
Deepen your understanding of the history of art and gain the skills necessary for advanced research and critical analysis.

You can take advantage of local sites of art-historical interest such as:
-Extensive collections in the Royal Pavilion and the museums of Brighton & Hove
-Local historic houses and collections such as Charleston and Petworth
-Contemporary art galleries along the South Coast, such as Towner (Eastbourne), the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea) and the Jerwood Gallery (Hastings)

You’ll work with the rich array of sources held in The Keep, a world-class centre for archives on our doorstep. We encourage you to take part in our regular research seminars and events involving curators, scholars and artists.

How will I study?

This MA offers you a wealth of in-depth taught modules, ranging from the classical to the contemporary, and supports you in developing a specialist dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Modules and options are assessed by term papers. You also write a 20,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

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Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting, with a focus on photography. Read more
Learn to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, together with hands-on experience in a museum setting, with a focus on photography. Think about the future of museums and how you can contribute to it.

This MA introduces you to:
-Curatorial scholarship and its methodologies (including conservation-led research and technical art history)
-The histories of museums and their collections
-The ethical and legal frameworks within which curators and museums work
-The nature and politics of museum displays

You visit museums in Sussex and in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions.

You’re taught by Sussex tutors and external specialists. In the past, these have included senior staff from the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, the V&A, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you take museum skills modules with seminars at Sussex and visit local and national collections alongside taking core modules and an option based on photography.

The summer term is taken up with a work placement at a local or national museum or gallery, working with photographic collections.

Throughout the course, you are encouraged to participate actively in the taught sessions and museum visits. With your tutors and classmates, you debate a range of ethical concerns facing museum curators.

You also develop your own research interests through the dissertation. Assessed work includes:
-Term papers
-Practical assignments
-A learning journal (written during the placement as a reflection on that experience)
-A 12,000-word dissertation

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

You gain knowledge about objects and collections, specifically in the context of photography, and develop a critical awareness of museum practices.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:
-Museums
-Galleries
-Heritage at curatorial level
-The cultural sector more broadly

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Take a distinctive approach to exploring film – we offer you the opportunity to examine the cultural, economic, aesthetic and ideological operations of cinema. Read more
Take a distinctive approach to exploring film – we offer you the opportunity to examine the cultural, economic, aesthetic and ideological operations of cinema. You gain a high-level introduction to leading theoretical approaches, while also enjoying a flexible and exciting range of specialised options.

This MA is for you if you wish to:
-Develop advanced skills in research and critical thinking
-Benefit from our expertise in key areas such as global cinema cultures; film, gender and sexuality; history and popular culture
-Investigate a topic of your choice in depth in your supervised dissertation project

How will I study?
As this is not a practice-based course, teaching is through seminars, screenings and tutorials. This MA investigates critical, theoretical and historical approaches to the medium.

Your understanding and skills are assessed primarily by term papers. In the summer term, you write a dissertation that offers you the opportunity to undertake original research.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers
Brighton offers one of the largest concentrations of film, digital and new media industries outside of London.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:
-The media industries
-Secondary education
-Sales and marketing
-Information services

Some of our graduates have also gone on to further study.

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Led by award-winning filmmakers and taught by highly experienced practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to produce a low-budget independent film to a professional standard. Read more
Led by award-winning filmmakers and taught by highly experienced practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to produce a low-budget independent film to a professional standard.

You’ll gain the skills to analyse and critique a range of fiction films and find your unique voice in an increasingly competitive field.

You learn how to:
-Write compelling scripts
-Raise funds
-Cast and direct actors
-Shoot and edit films using professional equipment and software

You benefit from our strong industry connections and master classes with leading figures in film and television. You also have 24-hour access to the latest professional-grade equipment and post-production facilities.

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you take core modules and options. In the summer term, you complete a self-directed creative project in filmmaking.

You are assessed by:
-Practical video/media work
-Essays
-Production documentation

The final assessment is a fiction film and a portfolio of supporting documents.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty

Our researchers produce internationally recognised creative and critical practice through a range of media, including film, television, radio, photography and new and interactive forms.

They specialise within three interlocking themes:
-Cultural histories/cultural politics
-Resistant images
-Hybrid forms, media and genre

Careers

By the end of the course, you will have produced a minimum of two short films and created a showreel, aiding your future employment prospects. Your final film is screened at an end-of-year MA degree show.

You are given advice about screening your work via a range of platforms including film festivals, independent screenings, broadcast and online.

You'll have the necessary skills to work in the creative industries in roles such as:
-Scriptwriter
-Producer
-Director
-Cinematographer
-Sound recordist
-Editor

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This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. Read more
This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. You’ll learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Kent.

School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

How will I study?

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:
-Professional Knowledge for Schools
-Curriculum Studies
-Professional Practice

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

On graduation, you’ll have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.

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This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. Read more
This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. You’ll learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Kent.

School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

How will I study?

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:
-Professional Knowledge for Schools
-Curriculum Studies
-Professional Practice

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

On graduation, you’ll have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.

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This advanced course aims to fully prepare you for studying a postgraduate degree, so that you can go on to achieve success at university, in your professional career and in the world. Read more
This advanced course aims to fully prepare you for studying a postgraduate degree, so that you can go on to achieve success at university, in your professional career and in the world.

What you will learn

You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on teaching you the English language, study skills, employability and academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree at Sussex.

Focus on your career

We know that you may already be thinking about your future career, which is why we have integrated a careers element into our academic courses at the ISC. CareerAhead will guide you towards making the right choices and give you the tools you need to stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

Your assessment

We will assess your progress regularly to ensure you are on track to complete your course successfully, so that you can go on to study your chosen degree at Sussex. You’ll participate in exams, seminar discussions, group projects, presentations and essays as part of your overall assessment.

Media, Journalism and Film Studies

You will study the core modules listed below, as well as some subject-specific modules.
-Academic English Skills
-Academic and Employability Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies*
-Approaches to Media and Film Studies†
-Media Critical Practice†
-Media Stories†
-Media Technology in Context‡
-Research Project (Practice) for Media, Journalism and Film
-Research Skills for Media, Journalism and Film Studies (Theory)

* Core module for one-semester course only.
† Subject-specific modules for both the one and two semester course.
‡ Subject-specific module for one semester course only.

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Develop your own creative writing, combined with intellectually challenging critical and theoretical ideas. Our MA is driven by the sense that the critical and the creative are necessarily intertwined. Read more
Develop your own creative writing, combined with intellectually challenging critical and theoretical ideas.

Our MA is driven by the sense that the critical and the creative are necessarily intertwined. It has grown out of longstanding teaching and research interests in:
-Creative writing
-Psychoanalysis
-Cultural materialism
-Eco-writing
-Postcolonialism
-Econstruction
-Feminism
-Queer theory

Our faculty includes professional authors and researchers of international standing.

How will I study?

You have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing with:
-Taught modules
-Independent study
-Tutorial advice

There are core modules and options. In the summer term, you undertake supervised dissertation work, which includes critical discussion and creative writing.

You are assessed by term papers and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, of which up to 10,000 words may be creative writing.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:
-Writing and performing
-Journalism
-Editing
-Teaching
-Consultancy
-Publishing
-Events management
-Other media-linked professions

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This MA is for you if culture, technology, power and business excite and intrigue you. You study cultural industries, institutions, texts, identities and practices from a critical perspective. Read more
This MA is for you if culture, technology, power and business excite and intrigue you.

You study cultural industries, institutions, texts, identities and practices from a critical perspective. You’ll explore the meaning of culture as politics and philosophy, and also:
-Explore cultural innovation, promotion and value in a fast-changing world
-Build a critical understanding of how business, technology and the law are redefining cultural practices today
-Graduate with professional skills relevant to cultural and creative organisations in the private and public sectors

How will I study?
Teaching is through lectures, seminars and workshops and includes guest lectures from industry professionals and researchers.

In the autumn term, you’ll take two core modules. In the spring term, you choose two options. In the summer term, you choose between working on a supervised research-led dissertation on a topic of your choice or a placement in a relevant organisation, which you will then analyse and present in a portfolio.

Assessment is by term paper, presentations and portfolios. The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty
Our internationally recognised scholars in the fields of cultural studies, media and the arts, law and business encourage you to combine approaches while developing a critical and intellectual perspective.

Researchers specialise within three interlocking themes:
-Cultural histories and cultural politics
-Creative industry technology, form and experience
-Critical business and legal studies

Careers
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:
-Media, digital, creative and cultural industries
-Publishing
-Research
-Teaching
-Journalism
-Public relations
-Development work
-Curation

Some of our graduates also go on to further study.

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