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Communication, Culture and Media MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

AHT006

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

If you enjoy following and responding to the important issues of the day or wish to pursue a media-based career, this course engages with contemporary developments and debate in media, communication and culture.

We aim for you to be able to question, critique and make your voice stand out from the crowd on topical debates around feminism, identity in a digital world, global and transnational media events, international media industries, distribution networks, memes and viral campaigns, among others.

Our course was one of the first in the postgraduate field of communication, culture and media in the UK. We aim for our teaching to be underpinned by meaningful, research-based and real-life projects, collaborating with our network of international partners from countries including Finland, Australia, Japan and America.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

I’m overwhelmed, it’s been an awesome experience. It’s improved my employability 100%. When I go back to my country, I’m going back really fulfilled.

Sendi Zechariah, MA Communication, Culture and Media, student in 2016

Course information

There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” So said the African American writer, poet and civil rights activist Audre Lorde.

On this course, we will explore the feelings and emotional responses created by contemporary media and culture; together we will discover new ways of making sense of and creatively interpreting our 21st century world.

Intercultural collaboration is placed at the heart of this programme to help us effectively shape new ways of understanding our complex mediated world. We encourage you to collaborate effectively, with the ability to work in transnational contexts, to acknowledge cross-cultural difference and to welcome its personal and group-level benefits.

Internationalisation starts in the classroom – with its diverse UK, EU and international student community. It continues with meaningful, research and experience-based projects, the relevance and influence of which spans the globe – from Australia to Thailand, America to France, and China to Finland – and engages international expert opinion from leading scholars and practitioners.
Our course is more than simply research-led, theory-based or practice-inspired; each module caters to new developments in media as a discipline, combining a distinct approach to creation, criticism and curation and placing you at the forefront of contemporary thinking. We aim to cover all aspects of media, communications and cultural studies, from digital media, transnational identities, screen and moving image, new workplace practices, academic research in a digital context, media distribution, international film markets and genres, and contemporary experiences of health, wealth and happiness.

The course aims to critically explore these topics, addressing important issues of the day and responding creatively to media events as they occur. We will work with you to think about how we can apply the most relevant concepts that represent the state of the field, and produce new accounts that address the complexity of contemporary media forms.

Working at a higher degree level, there is the opportunity to work across cultures as media experts, creative, professional communicators and researchers in the arts and cultural industries. You will participate in experience-based learning with three separate opportunities to participate in outward-facing exercises – anything from running your own film festival to starting your own company - providing the chance to get real-life evidence of event management and project management, valuable in any profession.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Screen Cultures and Selves
    • Transnational Subjectivities
    • Exploring Digital Culture 
  • Semester 2

    Optional modules (2 of the following, with 3 offered each semester)

    • Contemporary Expectations 
    • Transcultural Distribution 
    • Embodying Method 
    • International Film 
    • Cultural Labour 
    • The Networked Society 
    • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation   
  • Semester 3

    • Research and Practice Portfolio

In more detail...

  • Solid track record of graduate employability – 80% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • High levels of student satisfaction in Media Studies, 92% compared with the sector average of 84% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Almost three-quarters of research in the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category was ranked 3 or 4* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • We also work alongside the University’s Office of Teaching and Learning, the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Centre for Global Engagement, delivering high quality projects and learning experiences.
  • Opportunity to participate in a range of exciting field trips and industry visits – previous students visiting the Ai Weiwei Exhibition in London; ESL Games in Leicester; the Ikon gallery in Birmingham; Somerset House in London; and the National Media Museum in Bradford.
  • Access to Media Loans Shop – which has state-of-the-art equipment including GoPro Camera kits, Cannon and Nikon Photographic and Video cameras (inc. DSLR), Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K EF camera collection Edirol recorders, and a range of photographic lenses, lighting and filters.
  • Media Research Seminars have included:’ Pokemon Go Away! Digital Urbanism and Mediated Architectures’, ‘Crowdfunding as a Political Act: Online Financing Narratives of Media Activists in Turkey’, ‘Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change. ‘Lovely Play: Getting It On, Or Getting to Know You I Gaming’, ‘Dragons, incest and zombies, Or ‘but… the Dark Ages!’: Rape culture and narratives of un/realness in Game of Thrones fandoms’.

Excellent professional networks with organisations such as FabLab, ESL Gaming, BFI and the BBC.

Your main study themes are:

  • Digital culture: Exploring the meanings and uses of new media platforms, exploring these critically through notions of networking, community and post-humanism.

  • Film cultures and selves: Identifying new screen cultures and identities and asking important questions about emerging film industries.

  • Subjectivity and identity: Understanding ourselves in global media contexts, asking how these shape new identities and thinking how we can live more ethical lives.

The course can be studied full-time over one year and part-time over two years. The programme is divided into three 13-week semesters starting September, January and May.

Some members of our teaching team have strong research profiles with publications in the area of: East Asian cinema, postcolonial theory, postfeminist sentiment, femininity and masculinity in changing contexts, aesthetic labour, subjectivity in digital spaces, post-humanism and qualitative research methods.

During the course you will engage with a range of media as part of your research and presentation – digital archives, film and moving images, traditional media forms, arts and arts-based practices, academic literature, photography and more.

As well as traditional teaching methods, such as lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, we offer skills training in video editing, Photoshop, digital publishing and content management and also organise a number of practical sessions, such as making the most out of the library, study skills and new forms of writing.

There will be opportunities to hear from guest speakers, our own Media Research Seminars, and have the opportunity to attend a number of field trips, from Leicester and London to Paris!

The practical ethos culminates with the final Research and Practice Portfolio, where you will be supported to develop your own professional project, work experience or event to demonstrate new ways of thinking.

Assessment employs a range of methods including: digital publishing, websites, blogs, films and short videos, essay films, exhibitions, installations, film festivals, screening programmes, conferences, seminars, awareness raising activities and fieldtrips.

Students have the opportunity to initiate guest and student co-ordinated exchanges, through our bespoke Online International Learning (OIL) projects, for example. The overall strategy is to ensure that there is a range of different methods used in recognition of the differing strengths of students and to test different skills.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow:

  • Projects and portfolios: 67%
  • Final Dissertation/Project: 33%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

67% assessed by projects and portfolios

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a body of cutting edge theoretical frameworks, concepts, ideas and ways of understanding the world that help make sense of the complexity of contemporary media.
  • Show a critical appreciation of the contradictions, subtleties, tensions and difference, and their historical presuppositions, both within and between different bodies of knowledge.
  • Evaluate how and why different bodies of knowledge are employed and applied in different (global) contexts and how they can be used to advance knowledge of different media spheres.
  • Demonstrate an agile approach in your thinking, see across disciplinary boundaries and adapt your thinking responsively to the context.
  • Critically engage and interpret complex bodies of thought, and understand the relationships between and within frameworks for thinking.
  • Evaluate a number of competing and contradictory theories, concepts and ideas and be able to reconcile differences and reason through their own theoretically informed thinking and practices.
  • Understand the appropriate thought processes to react in culturally sensitive ways.
  • Produce, make, create and craft a broad range of artefacts (e.g. film production and distribution, conference/seminar/symposium organisation, exhibition, curatorial projects, installations, websites and other digital content) relevant to the context and engage in appropriate and thoughtful methods of advertising and promotion to ensure your work is visible and accessible to a global audience.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of professional skills, including how to engage with ideas, stakeholders, external bodies and other professionals in a flexible manner, as well as event and project management.

In a typical week you will have up to 8 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as 8 hours of lectures, seminars and practical workshops each week with focused tutor contact (approximately 2-3 hours) each semester.

You will also take part in Self Development Weeks, with more intensive contact to help develop your career profile.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 300 hours of self-directed study each semester, e.g. working on course assignments, group project activities, reading and maintaining your own public facing digital profile.

The nature of course content is inherently international, studying media and cultural practices throughout the world. You will have opportunities to hear from practitioners and academic experts from across Europe. We also organise a range of fieldtrips overseas – previously to Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, where students work in groups to carry out bespoke research projects and produce film, photography or data collection to address important research questions.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I’m overwhelmed, it’s been an awesome experience. It’s improved my employability 100%. When I go back to my country, I’m going back really fulfilled.

Sendi Zechariah, MA Communication, Culture and Media, student in 2016

Entry Requirements

Normal entry requires a good undergraduate degree on the British model in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

Normal entry requires a good undergraduate degree on the British model in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

 

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Normal entry requires a good undergraduate degree on the British model in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I’m overwhelmed, it’s been an awesome experience. It’s improved my employability 100%. When I go back to my country, I’m going back really fulfilled.

Sendi Zechariah, MA Communication, Culture and Media, student in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£11,846 (per year)


May 2018

£11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

I’m overwhelmed, it’s been an awesome experience. It’s improved my employability 100%. When I go back to my country, I’m going back really fulfilled.

Sendi Zechariah, MA Communication, Culture and Media, student in 2016

Career prospects

Our aim is to produce graduates who are digitally agile, professional, highly skilled communicators, ready to face the challenges of a global and complex mediated world and apply their knowledge in meaningful ways.

We provide a range of exciting opportunities to produce industry-related work and self-directed portfolios that are geared towards creating graduates who could work either in the UK or abroad. Past projects have included ‘JuneParis’, ‘Checkpoint/Counterpoint’ and ‘Rescheduled’, which have presented research through photographic and digital arts, with data produced in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Students have hosted their own ‘Pop-Up Museum of Everyday Objects’ and produced their own collaborative post-digital publications. Our students are also a core part of the East Winds Film Festival.

We focus on developing your creative capacity, enhancing your skills in creating, making and producing and giving you the confidence to respond to the media as it happens with meaningful and academically informed outputs (eg. digital profiles, exhibitions, artefacts such as film and photography). With these skills, you will be well placed to take up roles in a range of creative sectors, ranging from advocacy and other forms of applied communications, academic research and scholarship, start-ups, arts, and particular industries within media sectors (e.g. film, journalism, cultural criticism, television, journalism, digital publishing).

An emphasis on critical, ethical and sensitive thinking opens up possibilities of charity, third sector and advocacy work.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to study for PhDs in the UK, Africa, China and America. Our students have gone on to work: in digital music services in The Netherlands; as research posts at the Five College Women’s Centre, Massachusetts USA; in PR companies in Saudi Arabia; in government organisations and broadcasters in Africa; and as producers in TV stations in China. Our graduates also regularly go on to set up their own companies across the globe.

What our alumni say

After I finished my studies, I moved to London and found a job as an editor for music company Omnifone. I was responsible for creating playlists for streaming music websites and writing short stories about musicians. After a year I decided to move back to The Netherlands and started my own copywriting company called The Story Bakery. Now I write copy for brands, do interviews for magazines and help artists build their story.

The education that I gained from Coventry, gave me the tools to be more reliable as a storyteller. This experience was a great highlight in my life!

Martine Bakker, Netherlands, MA Communication, Culture and Media, graduated in 2012, now freelance contributing editor/copywriter at The Story Bakery
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.