Creative Media Practice

UCAS codes

Course contact

Tony Grace
+44 (0)1292 886481/426 or +44 (0)141 848 7044

Qualifications and durations

MA (full-time/part-time) 12–16 months/2–3 years


Start date(s)

  • February and September
Delivered by expert practitioners and aimed at graduates from various disciplines and industry professionals wishing to broaden their skills across film, digital, media, photography, writing and performance. This programme equips you for a creative media career, offering network contacts, an impressive portfolio and essential practical skills.

Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants. See the Useful Information section for more details.
Entry to the MA is open to Honours graduates (minimum 2:2). Students possessing an Ordinary degree (with a mark average of 50%), can apply to enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma and, on successful completion, transfer to the MA programme.

Applicants with relevant equivalent qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered. Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

This unique programme will help you explore and consolidate your creative identity, working with others from diverse creative backgrounds to nurture your creative potential and create new opportunities to help sustain your career. 

Informed by research excellence and expert professional practice, the programme will bring out your creative potential, while providing the critical focus essential to respond flexibly to new opportunities and sustain your career.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits

Core modules (20 credits each at SCQF 11 unless otherwise noted) include: 


  • Creative Skills 1 – introducing new creative skill areas in short creative projects
  • Critical Media Contexts – an essential overview of contemporary critical debate
  • Creative Media Practice – intensive CPD workshops with reflective analysis 


Students choose one option including:


  • Motion Graphics (SCQF 10)
  • Producing for Film & Television (SCQF 10)
  • Producing Factual Formats (SCQF 10)
  • Writing the One Act Play (SCQF 10)
  • Music Film and Sound Aesthetics (SCQF 10)
  • Podcasting and New Media (SCQF 10)



Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

  • Creative Skills 2 – a placement in the screen and broadcast industries and/or work on a professional project
  • Collaborative Project – a previous venture won the 2013 BAFTA New Talent Award
  • Research: Critical Development – introduction to research methods associated with creative practice and preparation of a creative research proposal


MA (180 credits)

A substantial practice-led research project, e.g. production of a feature screenplay, a documentary or digital media project. Previous successful Masters creative projects include an e-publishing project for fairy stories which was subsequently funded by Creative Scotland.

Graduates have found roles such as independent producer; scriptwriter; TV development producer; documentary maker; and digital media producer/ developer. For graduates of design for the moving image, careers include artist filmmaker and motion graphics designer. The Pg Diploma and Masters programmes offer work-related learning through the module Creative Skills 2, either as a placement in the screen and broadcast industries and/or work on a professional project.

I entered a number of film festivals and competitions and won a BAFTA Scotland
New Talent Award for a collaborative project! This has helped my CV to stand out and has given me the chance to meet people who are useful contacts for the future. It’s given me a great kick-start to a media career and now I am part of the BBC Production Talent Pool.
Gavin Grant, MA Creative Media Practice graduate,

Useful Information

  • 92% of students in work/further study six months after graduating^

    Financial Support

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.

    Some classes may be delivered off-campus, at the School’s Creative Hub in Glasgow’s CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) and Film City. Other deliveries of the programme are scheduled to take place at UWS London Campus, subject to approval.

    ^ Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015

PG Creative Media Practice video