Coventry University

MA Communication, Culture and Media

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.

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On this course we will develop your abilities 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. Our teaching is underpinned by meaningful, research-based and real-life projects, collaborating with our current network of international partners from countries including Finland, Australia, Japan and America (subject to availability). 

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.

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

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 ‘June Paris’, ‘Checkpoint/Counterpoint’ and ‘Rescheduled’, which have presented research through photographic and digital arts, with data produced in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Students have previously hosted their own ‘Pop-Up Museum of Everyday Objects’ and produced their own collaborative post-digital publications. Our previous students have also been a core part of the East Winds Film Festival.

We focus on developing your creative capacity, enhancing your skills in creating, making and producing, 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 should 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.

Course Details

"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 provide you with the opportunity to 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 places you at the forefront of contemporary thinking. We 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 critically explores these topics, addressing important issues of the day and responding creatively to media events as they occur. We will work with you to encourage 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 have opportunities to participate in experience-based learning with three separate opportunities to participate in outward-facing exercises (subject to availability) – 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.

Year One

In this course, we will provide you with the opportunity to 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.

• Contemporary Media Entanglements
• Research Methods
• Global Professional Development – Entrepreneurship
• Collaborative Social Challenge Project
• Subjectivities and Digital Culture
• Final Project (Research and Development)
• Collaborative Community Project
• Mobilities and Transformation
• Final Project (Production and Sharing)
• Collaborative Enterprise Project

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