About us

  • Media, Culture and Society

    The School of Creative and Cultural Industries and School of Social Sciences recently merged to create the School of Media, Culture and Society.

    The School offers industry-ready degree programmes, designed by staff with wide-ranging experience in broadcasting, film, journalism, music, performance and the visual arts. 

    Our School and staff benefit from a wide network of industry connections and have links to Film City and the Centre for Contemporary Arts. We have close working relationships with an extensive range of employers and professional bodies in the social and health care sectors, local and central government, education, the private and non-for-profit (‘third') sectors.

    The key Social Sciences disciplines are represented within the School, with a distinctive blend of research-led teaching which combines discipline knowledge and expertise with professional education and practice, and draws upon our high quality applied research. Our work is based around distinct subject groupings in a culture which produces strong inter-disciplinary collaborations. The subject areas within the School comprise Psychology, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work, Alcohol and Drugs Studies, Careers Guidance, Criminal Justice and Policing.

    We are a dynamic, friendly and rapidly developing School with modern on campus facilities and we hope that you will want to join us to share in the experience.

  • More about us

    • Industry partners

      The School enjoys productive relationships with industry partners, enabling students to gain access to leading creative organisations as part of their programmes, and offering everyone opportunities for valuable work experience and hands-on skills development in industry settings. 

      With a collaborative and interactive approach to learning, each year we welcome many visiting experts and offer projects and opportunities for students to develop their creative and artistic skills. 

      Across all courses, students have the opportunity to undertake work-based learning. We have over 370 placement partners across all areas of the media, design, music and performance industries. The quality of the student experience is very important to us, and we try very hard to make sure that all students have access to the support and guidance that they need to make their time with us a success. Placement examples in the past have included work with the BBC, Channel 4, Sky TV, local and national theatre companies, radio companies, Mirror Group Newspapers, Scottish Screen, Scottish Media Group and Pinewood Studios.

    • Facilities

      The School has invested heavily in our new riverside Ayr Campus creating industry standard media facilities including two television studios, four radio studios, a fully operational radio station, digital editing suites, five Pro Tools equipped recording studios, music production suites, two drama studios and a large stock of audio/visual equipment.  

      Click here for more information on our studio technical specifications.


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