The MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries is a unique and tailored programme. Sitting within the SOAS School of Arts, it allows students to benefit from the combined expertise of the Department of Music, the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, and the Centre for Media and Film Studies, while also accessing regional courses that build on the world-renowned expertise of SOAS as a centre for the study of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Courses designed to develop a thorough understanding of the creative and cultural industries are supplemented with pathways that allow students to focus on music, art/archaeology, media or film, and a set of practical multimedia skills courses. Students can also elect to take the optional Directed Study in Industry to take maximum advantage of the opportunities available in London as a global creative capital city.
The MA is designed for two types of students. The first will typically be interested in pursuing careers as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The second will typically be more concerned with developing academic research in the creative and cultural sectors, and the intersections between industry, cultural policy and international development.
The MA has a core component comprising two half-unit courses, the first (Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries) taken by all students, and the second allowing students to develop their expertise in a pathway (chosen from The Music Business, Asia and Africa on Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturation, Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication, Global Film Industries). Practical/skills courses can then be chosen in multimedia (film/editing), sound recording, and digital and broadcasting communications; while optional, one of these will be required if a student elects to take the optional half-unit course Directed Study in Industry but lacks appropriate skills training on entry. Directed Study in Industry allows students to undertake an internship with an institution, organisation or enterprise. Additional regional and theoretical courses are available from existing School of Art and other SOAS MA/MMus programmes. The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries. It may either be on a theoretical topic or develop from the pathway chosen by the student, and it has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.
The MA has a core component comprising two half-unit courses, the first taken by all students, and the second allowing students to choose a pathway focusing on music, media, film, or art/archaeology. One half-unit practical/skills course can then be chosen in multimedia (film/editing), sound recording, digital and broadcasting communications; while optional, one of these courses is required if a student elects to take the optional half-unit course Directed Study in Industry but lacks the appropriate practical/skills training on entry to the programme. Directed Study in Industry allows students to undertake an internship with an institution, organisation or enterprise. Additional regional and theoretical courses are available from existing School of Art and other MA/MMus programmes that supplement the available choices in the programme. The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries, and may either be on a theoretical topic or will develop from the pathway chosen by the student; it has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.
In addition to the dissertation and the half unit "Analytical Approaches..." course, at least one further half unit Pathway course must be chosen.
Students on the Media/Film pathway will take at least one of these two courses.
Any remaining units may be chosen from this optional courses list.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.