Creative and Cultural Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Please note: for September 2024 entry there is only Year 1 entry for this course. Please refer to our Media & Communications course (PP24) if you are looking for advanced entry onto Year 2 or 3. This course will give you the expertise to succeed in a wide variety of careers. You will learn about the creative and cultural industries landscape and develop the critical thinking and content creation skills that will set you up for a career in the exciting and thriving creative and cultural sectors. Creativity and culture play a vital role in our daily lives. Each day we engage in, or with, creativity and culture in some regard – uploading content to social media, attending the theatre, watching a TV show, attending a festival, or visiting a museum or gallery. Somewhere, at some point, a team of people conceived, produced, managed, and shared that creativity for us to experience. These people work in the creative and cultural industries. This course will encourage you to think critically about creativity and culture – what it is, how, when where and why it is produced and consumed. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the creative and cultural sectors and how they are shaped by other factors – such as technology, economics, cultural shifts, and crisis. With creative production and industry engagement intrinsic to the course, it will provide you with the industry networks and knowledge and practical creative production skills you need to become one of the creative leaders and producers of the future. Please note this course is subject to validation


Year One You will: explore the concepts of creativity and culture and their meaning, value, and function in society; learn the basic principles of different forms of creative production; video (editing, framing, composition, lighting, and story), photography, and digital media content; and develop your knowledge and understanding of the diverse range of sectors that sit within the broader creative and cultural industries. Modules Introduction to Creativity and Culture Media Production: Skills and Techniques Introduction to Theatre Production Media, Culture and Communication Industries Media Production: Video Project Creative Production: Digital Content Creation Year Two You will: develop your knowledge and understanding of how creativity and technology intersect and think critically about how technology has reshaped cultural participation, experience, and consumption; strengthen your creative production skills and develop more complex stories in your creative practice; and apply your skills to real-world situations with our Digital Communication Campaigning module, where you will develop a digital strategy for a media project for a business or charity. Modules Creativity and Technology Digital Communication Campaigning Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Context Event Management Disruptions in the Media, Culture and Communication Industries Audiences, Engagement, Participations Year Three You will: learn important research skills to prepare you for Year Four and life beyond university; develop a plan for your post-university creative career and understand working in the creative industries; choose specialist options in, for example, film festivals, communication, arts and activism, screenwriting, photography, or writing for radio; and have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, visit Exchanges and Study Abroad. Modules Working in the Film, Media, and Communications Sectors Arts Funding in its Policy Context Creative Production: Podcasting Designing a Research project Plus, two options Year Four You will: choose further specialist options in, for example, film festivals, communication, arts and activism, screenwriting, photography, or writing for radio; develop your understanding of creative and cultural management and the business side of the creative and cultural industries, gaining skills in project planning and management, marketing, leadership, as well as the financial side of the creative and cultural industries; and complete a written or creative production dissertation or complete a placement with a cultural organisation or creative business. Creative production dissertations can be in film, photography, screenwriting, video essay or a group video dissertation format. Modules Dissertation or Placement Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects The Business of Creativity Plus, two options Year Three and Four options may include: Advanced Theatre Production Communication, Arts and Activism Experiential Learning Placement Film and the Family Film Festivals Photography and Visual Culture Photography Practice Playwriting Popular Music Radio and Audio Media Reputation Issues and Crisis Management Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Screenwriting Site-specific Performance Student Initiated Module The Only Way is Ethics The Video Essay Video Production NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (June 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment method

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and in practical workshops. We have superb on-campus resources and media production equipment, including a recently upgraded film editing suite and dedicated production and photography area equipped with a green screen and on-site lighting equipment, plus a fully equipped studio theatre and construction workshop. You will be assessed in a wide array of ways across the course, including presentations, case studies, podcasts, blogs, videos, essays, video essays and some written exams.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Creative and Cultural Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS