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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.96k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 21.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    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.

    Core Courses

    In addition to the dissertation and the half unit "Analytical Approaches..." course, at least one further half unit Pathway course must be chosen.

    • Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries - 15PMSH021 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries - 15PMSC995 (1 Unit) - Full Year

    Music Pathway Course

    • The Music Business (Masters) - 15PMUH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

    Art Pathway Course

    • Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism - 15PARH043 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015

    Media/Film Pathway Course

    Students on the Media/Film pathway will take at least one of these two courses.

    • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication - 15PMSH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Global Film Industries - 15PMSH024 (0.5 Unit)

    Skills & Internship Courses

    • Digital and Traditional Broadcasting Communication - (0.5 Unit)
    • Media Production Skills - 15PANH050 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Sound Recording and Production - 15PMSH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Directed Study in Industry - (0.5 Unit)

    Optional Courses

    Any remaining units may be chosen from this optional courses list.

    • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde - 15PJKH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communication - 15PMSH003 (0.5 Unit)
    • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity - 15PMSH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use - 15PMSH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • International Political Communication - 15PMSH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Iranian Cinema - 15PMSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Rethinking Audiences - 15PMSH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Arab Cinemas - 15PMSH013 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli - 15PJKH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Emerging digital cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice - 15PMSH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development - 15PMSH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Perspectives On Development - 15PANH033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Music in South Asian Culture (Masters) - 15PMUC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures - 15PMUC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Central Asian Music - 15PMUH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) - 15PMUC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Gender and Music (MMus) - 15PMUH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Popular Music and Politics in Israel - 15PMUH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival - 15PMUH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba - 15PMUH015 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia - 15PMUH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH016 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) - 15PMUH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Music and Healing - 15PMUH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Indian Classical Music - 15PMUC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Music of the Near and Middle East and North Africa - 15PMUC033 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Music in Development - 15PMUC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Raga: concept and practice (Postgraduate) - 15PMUH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Sacred Sound in South Asia - (0.5 Unit)
    • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories - 15PARC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Ottoman Art - 15PARC011 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • The Art of the African Diaspora - 15PARC018 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts - 15PARH034 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids - 15PARH035 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Photography and the Image in Africa; and other Regional Perspectives - 15PARC036 (1.0 Unit) - Not Running 2014/15
    • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture - 15PARH042 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Painting and Visual Culture in China - 15PARC043 (1.0 Unit)
    • Japanese Ceramics Past and Present - 15PARH047 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Arts of contemporary and modern Southeast Asia - 15PARH050 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa - 15PARH052 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Arab Painting - 15PARH054 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) - 15PARH055 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern - 15PARH058 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art - 15PARH060 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Culture and Society of West Africa - 15PANC083 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of East Africa - 15PANC084 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of Japan - 15PANC086 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of South Asia - 15PANC087 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of South East Asia - 15PANC088 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of China - 15PANC089 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Culture and Society of the Near & Middle East - 15PANC097 (1 Unit) - Full Year
    • Aspects of African film and video 1 - 15PAFH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Aspects of African film and video 2 - 15PAFH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals - 15PAFH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film - 15PSEH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
    • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context - 15PSAH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Indian Cinema: Key Issues - 15PSAH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) - 15PCHH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora - 15PCHH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen - 15PSEH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
    • Japanese Television since 1953 - 15PJKC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year

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    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.


    Program requirements

    Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 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. 80 (Grade A) 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.
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