Creative Technology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.55 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.3 k / Year(s)  
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:6590 Duration:12 months

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Treating the creative skills of the artist separately from the technical skills of the programmer is a thing of the past. The future of the creative industries depends on the technological expertise and the imaginative, exciting, original ideas of the convergence generation.

The MA/MSc in Creative Technology provides a unique set of opportunities for students with a background in arts, media or software design and engineering to work together to explore, experiment with, and create the technologies of the future. You can Explore 7 key technology strands:

  • Film and Video
  • Music, Radio, Design
  • Mobile Apps
  • Haptics and Interactive Design
  • Locative and Media
  • Games
  • Social Media

The programme emphasises practice-based, collaborative project work that underscores the opportunities for exploiting the creative possibilities of technological convergence. Whether that is composing music on a laptop or a mobile device, creating new possibilities for human interaction through social media, developing immersive environments or inventing new toolboxes for data visualisation.

Key benefits

  • Developed in consultation with a Creative Industries Advisory Groupto ensure the curriculum addresses the current needs of industry as well as emergent/potential practices.
  • Industry masterclasses and guest lectures.
  • Covers project management techniques
  • Leads to either an MA or an MSc depending on the nature of the choices that you make about your final project.
  • Taught at Hendon campus in comprehensively equipped computer laboratories and brand new digital media facilities

The philosophy behind the Creative Technology programme is one that understands fully the unpredictable nature of technological change. The programme embraces the experimental possibilities that convergence and the imaginative cross-breeding of creative technical thinking produces. You will be encouraged to think outside the box whilst studying with us, to play with the opportunities that a no holds barred approach to creative technology and digital media provides. Its not quite anything goes though we will be working in a number of areas of special expertise and interest as a starting point.

Interactive, Social and Locative Media

The Creative Technology programme offers a number of routes into the exploration of interactive, social and locative media. Core staff or faculty associated with the programme have a range of expertises for tackling questions of interactivity, the spatial and geographical possibilities of new technologies, and the creative exploration and exploitation of social media. From Nic Sandilands installations drawing together technologies and the creative possibilities generated by choreography to Rui Loureiros ground-breaking work with haptic technologies, the research of Stephen Boyd-Davis with colleagues at the Lansdown Centre on locativity and film.

Image and Visual Processing

Middlesex has a long history of working with visual imagery and numerous members of staff particularly those working in Media Arts as part of the Lansdown Centre have a well-established expertise in the exploration of the creative, aesthetic possibilities of digital image-making. Combine that creative knowledge with the enormous power of our dedicated graphics and games programming laboratory and Middlesexs research expertise in the field of visual analytics and you have a potent combination for the development of cutting edge projects in the field of image and visual processing technology.

Gaming

The use of gaming technologies today extends far beyond the familiar console-based, mobile or online multi-layer gaming environments. With our dedicated facilities for games programming and staff expertise in the extension of gaming technologies to other, you will gain the opportunity to explore some of the creative possibilities that gaming offers as a research tool and computational device.

Music/ Sound

Staff from both of the Schools involved in the Creative Technology programme have interests and expertise in working with music and sound technologies.
The full-time study option is 12 months long, comprising the following two semesters:

Semester 1

Consists of two team-taught modules: Directions in Creative Technology and Digital Media and Collaborative Projects and Creative Technical Practice

During the first semester you will have the opportunity to be experimental. Whether your knowledge lies in IT, art or design, you will learn about and discover new and innovative areas of Creative Technology and ways of employing your individual skills and specialities.

You will be involved in hands-on, project-based work throughout the semester and join theory with practice in creative experiments and imagineering projects

Semester 2

Consists of Working with the Creative Industries and continues the Collaborative Projects and Creative Technical Practice module.

This semester offers you further opportunities to collaborate with other students, on group projects, but this time youll play a different role, one that you may not have played before. As a result, you will gain an insight into everyones role in a project and an in-depth understanding of possible technical, business and economic issues, as well as the development and evolvement of the creative process.

Youll also get a chance to try out ideas for your final project.

In the summer, the final project will be a piece of work of your own choice, which will give you the chance to demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills acquired over 12 months.

This course is designed for both IT and Arts graduates and aims to provide the students with the two distinctively different backgrounds the necessary skills to succeed in the creative technologies job market. The academic teams industry and research expertise includes: locative/geographical media, haptics (touchscreen technology), music/audio, film/video, gaming and user interface design.You will be able to specialise your project work in any of these areas.

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL paper based 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL internet based 90 (with no less than 19 in each component).

Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.

CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom.

The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

General funding for your postgraduate study

  • Professional and Career Development Loans

These are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People's Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

  • Bursaries

Some organisations will offer study bursaries for an array of different courses. Postgrad Solution Ltd is offering postgraduate students the opportunity to receive a bursary of £500 each to help with fees. The deadline for application is 18 August 2011 and awards are judged by a panel based on a written application. Applicants must have been accepted onto a postgraduate course before applying

  • Employer sponsorship

If you are working, your employer may sponsor you if your studies or research will benefit your professional role.

  • Charitable sources

Charities sometimes make awards, some of which are restricted to applicants who qualify under the particular terms of the charity. They are made available for specific purposes, and do not cover three years of fees and living expenses. The major charities that may be able to assist include: The Wellcome Foundation, The Nuffield Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust.

  • Overseas funding

The British Government and other organisations offer a number of scholarships and grants on a competitive basis for overseas students to study and conduct research here. For general information on funding for students from overseas, contact your nearest British Council office.

  • Middlesex University postgraduate scholarships

Middlesex University is committed to developing awards to assist individual postgraduate students in furthering their education with us. Middlesex awards are available to postgraduate students and fall into five categories.

  • Chancellor's Scholarships

These scholarships reward academic, sporting or community/cultural excellence with up to £2,000 per year for up to three years for full-time students (pro-rata for part-time students) and are open to international and UK/EU students.

  • Chancellor's Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement

Applicants for an academic award must have achieved excellent results in examinations, performances or similar academic projects. Awards are made in recognition of achievement in areas of relevance to the study programmes already undertaken or planned by the candidate.

  • Chancellor's Scholarship Award for Sporting Achievement

Applicants for a sports award must be academically qualified for entry to the University and must be a member of a significant national squad or youth squad or an elite sports club at premier level. Sports coaching and management achievements will also be taken into consideration.

  • Chancellor's Scholarship Award for Community/Cultural Excellence

Applicants for a community/cultural activity award must be academically qualified for entry to the University, and must have contributed significantly to substantial community/cultural projects, for instance through voluntary work.

How to apply

When applying you can either send the form direct to the scholarship office at the University in London, or submit it to your nearest Middlesex University regional office for forwarding to London. These offices cover many regions worldwide. Unfortunately you can't hold a Chancellor's Scholarship and an Academic Alumni Scholarship simultaneously.

  • David Caminer Postgraduate Scholarship in Business Computing (supported by The LEO Foundation and AIT Trust)

This generous £5,000 postgraduate scholarship, which launches in September 2011, will be available to one UK postgraduate student each year, who has demonstrated exceptional academic potential. Applications are welcome from students who have fulfilled the admission criteria and been offered a place to study for a postgraduate degree based in the School of Engineering and Information Science. A student will only be entitled to one award during his/her period of study with Middlesex University.

The deadline for applications for September 2011 entry is 31 July.

  • MSc Health Psychology Scholarships

Two £2,550 scholarships funded by friends and alumni of Middlesex are available to students applying for entry to MSc Health Psychology as a full-time student for September 2011. The scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate exemplary academic and/or professional achievement or potential. Applications are welcome from students who have been offered (conditional or unconditional) and accepted a place on the MSc Health Psychology programme. Students who receive a scholarship from another organisation cannot apply. Middlesex University alumni who apply are also eligible for the Alumni Bursary (10% fee discount) but they cannot also hold the Academic Alumni Scholarship (20% fee discount). Scholarships are in the form of a discount in tuition fees (paid in the first year of study).

The deadline for applications for September 2011 is 26 August. We will notify successful candidates by 8 September 2011.

  • International Merit Awards

Middlesex University is renowned for offering unrivalled support to International students and gives out scholarships and merit awards to International students totaling around £1,000,000 each year.

Middlesex University has a fixed number of International Merit Awards available to all potential postgraduate international students. Awards will be given on a case-by-case basis which will be dependant on your course and application. Eligible candidates will be notified at enrolment and the award amount will be deducted from their tuition fees.

There is no application process for the International Merit Award; if students receives the award, it will be stated on their offer letter.

  • Alumni Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Alumni Bursary for previous Middlesex students

The Alumni bursary is available to all students who completed their first degree at Middlesex and have an offer for a further taught Masters programme, excluding PGCEs and all PhD and research courses. The bursary provides recipients a 10 per cent reduction in course tuition fees and must be claimed prior to each year of study.

There is no application process for the Alumni Bursary and eligibility will be verified at enrolment.

  • Academic Alumni Scholarship for previous Middlesex students

The Academic Alumni Scholarship is awarded on academic merit. It was established to recognise excellent academic achievement and to encourage and assist academically able students to progress to postgraduate study. The scholarship provides recipients a 20 per cent reduction in course tuition fees for every year of academic study.

This scholarship is available to all students who are working towards completing or have achieved their first degree at Middlesex University with First Class Honours, including from study at a partner college. Applicants must go on to enrol upon a course of Postgraduate study within five years of graduating.

The Academic Alumni Scholarship and the Alumni bursary cannot be held in conjunction with any other Middlesex Award or Scholarship. Current Middlesex postgraduate research students who meet the criteria are also eligible to apply. An Alumni Award cash reward may also be considered for postgraduate students who have course funding from other scholarships external to the University at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

The deadline for applications for September 2011 entry is 31 August. Applications can be submitted as soon as a programme of study is selected.
Applications are also welcome for January 2011 entry, these must be received by 30 October.

  • Work Based Learning Scholarships

Work Based Learning Scholarships are open to those from the EU/UK who are working in the UK voluntary and community sector (including organisations with registered charitable status) and who apply for a Masters degree in work based studies or a doctorate (DProf). There are three scholarships on offer and recipients receive £2,000 towards their tuition fees.

Deadline for applications: 31st August 2011

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