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MA/MFA Media Culture

Course Description

This MA course is a theoretical pathway which takes technical media as its object of study. Complementing the practice MA courses within the Media department of Manchester School of Art, its focus is on the theories and histories of screen, lens-based and digital media, the varied forms of creative practice that they support, and their ubiquity in contemporary culture and society. The course provides a critical and creative environment where media students, researchers, creative practitioners and professionals can conduct intensive, self-directed academic research with expert supervision.

The MA is structured to support you in developing, consolidating and executing a focused and substantial independent research project; this may take the form of a dissertation, or a project combining academic writing with creative media practice. For the MFA award, this work will be extended and you will provide evidence of an engagement with the appropriate professional sphere. Possible directions for these projects include:

*Research and publishing projects at academic level;
*Creative applications of the academic canon;
*Curation, programming, interpretation and marketing in the fields of screen, lens-based and digital media arts.

MA Media Culture is made up of five units totally 180 credits.

You will develop the outline and first framework for a future large-scale project by investigating a range of practical research methods and experimenting with the innovative application of related media and theory content through visual and theoretical outputs, and display forms.

You will also explore the pre-production and prototyping phase of the specialist creative process and project development.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Media Culture award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

In the first year (MA) you will study units in; Media Project Synopsis, Media Project Development, Professional Platforms, Major Project (Media Arts, Filmmaking, Photography). An option* of one of the following: Contested Territories, Digital Futures, Health and Wellbeing, Images and Archives, Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design, Negotiated Study, Object and Context, The Museum and The City, Writing Research and Funding Proposals.
* subject to change

In the second year (MFA) you will study units in; Contextualising, Realisation and Publication.

Special Features

State-of-the-art digital media editing suites and specialist software

Access to all of the School of Art's studios, workshops and facilities.

Visual Resources Centre - access to a range of image and video collection to assist you with your studies.

Visit the MA/MFA Media Culture page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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