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Course summary

This course will enable you to both explore the development of the global creative industries at global level, their trajectory, the tensions and challenges arising from these; and examine the organisation, characteristics and issues emerging in the creative and cultural industries in specific areas of the world, and will help you to develop an understanding of how local, regional and world processes interact. This course would suit anyone looking to broaden their impact in the cultural and creative industries sector: Whether this is government or international organisations concerned with creative industries economy regionally or transnationally or whether you are looking to broaden your horizons and build a careers in any aspect of film, music, art or related creative industry. You will be taught by world leading researchers in the international creative economy, culture, media and communication, and global political economy based in the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, the Departments of Sociology, and International Politics. This research expertise consistently informs our outstanding teaching in this area of studies. Cultural goods and ideas are increasingly produced and consumed transnationally; however, global cultural trade flows are uneven and this has consequences for local and national development. Moreover, cultural assets are carriers of meaning and their global circulation impacts those who consume them, affecting identities and reproducing social and economic inequalities. How is culture produced and re-produced? What are the mechanisms of the global cultural ecosystems and markets? What are their consequences? We are ranked 1st in London for Communication and Media studies (Complete University Guide 2020). On this course you will be taught by world experts in the field, the programme offers a unique opportunity for students to analyse the economic, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary transformation of culture and how they relate to the global and the local. The course prepares students to work professionally or to engage in further academic study in the expanding cultural sphere worldwide.


With 50% core and 50% elective modules, you can choose which specialisms you study. This means you can design your own course and determine your direction right from the start – it gives you the freedom to shape your future. The core modules offer insight into the global creative industries, their development and mechanics; the elective modules are structured around three broad areas of concern and examine: 1. Issues of structural inequality across the sector eg gender, work, place 2. The challenges of technological and social change 3. Regional, world, economic and political structures. The MA culminates in a 13,000–15,000-word dissertation. You are expected to take 2 core modules and choose 2 elective modules each term. Work on the Dissertation progresses through terms 2-3 with the support of your individual supervisor and should be completed by the end of August. In your First term you will study:

  • Global Creative Industries (core): surveys and offers an analytical framework and insight into the development of the cultural and creative industries at a global scale.
  • Creative Cities (core): explores the idea of the creative city and to examine creative cities in a globalised world, their economic, social and cultural transformations and the assumptions and policies supporting their development.
  • Culture: enables you to explore ideas of what culture is and to appraise a range of important strands of the development of contemporary thought in relation to culture, economy and society.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Creative Industries: allows you to assess the social impact of the production of culture and consider the ethical challenges that characterise the creative industries in the 21st century.
  • International Organisations in Global Politics: provides an introduction to the politics of policy-making in the main international organisations and familiarises you with their work and governance. In your second term you will cover: Global Creative Industries – - Area Studies (core): enables you to develop area specialisation and to examine local/regional/world processes in the creative industries, how they interrelate and interact.
  • Introduction to Research (core): will equip you with a range of methodologies with which to design robust and effective research strategies and carry out research.
  • Globalisation and Identity: draws on examples from the creative industries to consider how culture has been produced in relation to globalised markets and explore the tensions between globalisation and local and national identities.
  • Digital Cultures: explores the sorts of roles new communication technologies – and in particular digital media, social media and the internet – play in the transformation of cultural economic, political and social structures and practices.
  • Developments in Communications Policy: provides an introduction to the debates surrounding communications policy process and an analysis of current developments in communications policies globally.
  • Development and World Politics: offers a comprehensive review of the connections between the processes and practices of development and the functioning of the international political system (with a particular focus on developing countries).
  • Global Political Economy – Contemporary Approaches: introduces you to the field of global political economy, and enables you to critically engage with the role, purpose and power of key agents and structures of a given political economy.
In your final term you will focus on your dissertation.

Assessment method

Learning will be assessed through a number of diverse but complementary methods including essay, report, creative portfolio, research proposal and a dissertation. The rationale for this is to expose you to different approaches, to help you make the most of your abilities and to assess a range of skills and knowledge. The typical word-length of written assignments for modules with one summative assessment is ca. 3,000 words. You are able to apply your academic work to the real world.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class Honours degree from a UK university or a recognised equivalent non-UK qualification in a relevant subject. If your first language is not English, and you neither live nor work in an English-speaking environment you will be asked to provide further evidence of competence in the English language through any of the following: evidence of prior university level study in a country with English as an official language or IELTS (minimum 6.5 writing and overall well-balanced score of 6.5 across all areas), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (minimum acceptable grade C)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10080 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10080 Year 1
Scotland £10080 Year 1
Wales £10080 Year 1
EU £17510 Year 1
International £17510 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Global Creative Industries at City, University of London - UCAS