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Media Writing (MA)

Course Description

The MA Media Writing is part-time and designed to fit around professional working life. The degree is project-centred, giving you the chance to carry out a creative, practice-based or academic project in Media Writing. You'll conduct a project over two years, under our supervision, as well produce a dissertation in the second year on a related theme.

The MA Media Writing is part of our successful Creative Media Arts scheme. Our MA students have undertaken projects such as developing film and television scripts, creating websites that build on new ideas, curating exhibitions of cutting edge work, writing innovative fiction, making documentaries and dramas, creating portfolios of digital photographs, and researching aspects of the media, arts and educational organisations. In negotiation and agreement with your tutor, the kind of project you choose to do for your Masters is up to you.

Students have full access to digital media facilities, a theatre and a digital gallery, supported by dedicated technicians. With LSBU close to the South Bank, across the river from the West End and Soho, our students have unrivalled access to the capital's creative and media arts communities.

LSBU will open a new £4million Media Centre for School of Art and Creative Industries students in late 2015.

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


Year 1:
- Project proposal
- Project research and development

Year 2:
- Project production
- Project evaluation

Brief assessment outline:
- Project proposal of 2,500 words or in an alternative form agreed with your tutor and the course director.

- Research report in the form of 1,500-2,500 words which, where appropriate, includes a prototype project in a relevant media form negotiated and agreed with your tutor and the course director.

- Project production in a form to be negotiated with your tutor and agreed with the course director.

- Project evaluation in the form of a 2,500 word report or in an alternative form agreed with your tutor and the course director.


Employers support our project-centred Masters because they enable active learning, project management, skill development, innovation and experimentation. The programme enhances career development in the cultural industries as well as changes in direction within the creative arts. The MA is also a strong foundation for an MPhil or PhD, with a number of our students going on to further study each year.

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. We have strategic relationships with a number of international cultural institutions on the South Bank including Tate and the National Theatre, as well as industry links with the BBC, BSkyB and the International Game Developer Forum. Our staff have an excellent record of international publications, as well as successful creative practices in the cultural industries and media arts.


- 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.

Teaching and learning

Our staff are able to provide expert guidance for a wide range of projects and dissertations, and most of the teaching on the course takes place through one-to-one tuition with a Media Writing specialist. As a Masters student, you are invited to the School's regular research seminars and public lectures.

Visit the Media Writing (MA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Typical applicants are working full or part-time in the creative arts, communication and cultural industries, with a good first degree in the arts, humanities or social sciences, or equivalent professional experience. For example, a Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division. Applicants should have a strong interest in developing an arts or media project. You should submit a project proposal for review which will be assessed in addition to other entry requirements.

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