Creative Media Practice
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Media, Culture & Society
Course starting dates
Ayr*: January, September
Our MA Creative Media Practice is ideal for those from various disciplines as well as industry professionals wishing to broaden their creative skills, knowledge and experience. This is a completely flexible MA suite of modules which will allow you to build up a strong portfolio of high-quality creative work across your chosen areas of practice.
The programme is aimed at graduates and industry professionals wishing to broaden their skills and explore and consolidate their creative identity across film, digital, media, photography, writing and performance.
The master's is delivered by expert practitioners, and will equip you for a creative media career, offering network contacts, the chance to build a portfolio, and essential practical skills. The MA also provides a solid foundation in practice-based research and an effective platform for pursuing further academic study at doctoral level.
Our course structure allows you to gain a personally tailored skill set, a detailed awareness of the fusion of creative, cultural, technological, social and political forces within the creative industries sector and screen and broadcast industries, and a deep understanding of the theories which underpin these areas.
Work-related learning is available either as a placement in the screen and broadcast industries and/or work on a professional project. Students are able to develop their professional practice in modules such as Creative Industries: Professional Practice.
Graduates in Creative Media Practice have found roles such as independent producer, scriptwriter, TV development producer, documentary-maker, digital media producer/developer, artist filmmaker, motion graphics designer and as media/arts practice teachers and lecturers.
Our graduates have gained positions with the BBC, independent production companies, Toronto Film Festival, community media organisations, theatre companies (eg Gaiety Theatre, Ayr – learning resource co-ordinator), and with media/arts departments in various universities and colleges. Others have developed successful freelance careers in creative sectors such as photography, media and arts practice, and several have set up creative media businesses.
A number of our MA Creative Media Practice graduates have also succeeded in gaining PhD scholarships.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
Entry to the MA is open to Honours graduates (minimum 2:2).
Applicants with relevant equivalent qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered.
Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
This is a completely flexible MA suite of modules which will allow you to build up a strong portfolio of high-quality creative work across your chosen areas of practice.
Depending on your ambitions and needs, you can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), which provides a range of focused modules, which you can select from, tailored to your individual requirements.
Moving on from this, the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) provides a broader and more detailed set of modules including involvement in an interdisciplinary Collaborative Project and a highly focused and individualized programme of professional development in a range of relevant areas within the module Creative Industries: Professional Practice.
Core modules for the PgDip provide broad and detailed awareness and understanding of the Creative Industries, with embedded creativity and exposure to developing cultures of media convergence. Within the core modules and options students can select specific creative areas such as screenwriting, creative writing, motion graphics and digital filmmaking audio and radio production. Throughout the programme, students select which aspects and areas of their creative identities and skill sets they wish to develop.
For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules*:
Successfully completing the PgDip allows you to proceed to the Master's by completing a sustained piece of professional creative work such as a feature-length screenplay or documentary, a piece of creative writing, a multimedia product, an exhibition or a performance:
Throughout the course, you will gain the critical awareness, creative focus and contemporary production skills necessary to advance your career. Through a wide range of guest lecturers and industry mentors you will be exposed to experienced Creative Media practitioners and professionals.
* Some classes may be delivered off-campus at the School's Creative Hub in Glasgow’s CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) and Film City, Glasgow.
Our course delivery makes use of a range of teaching and learning methods which include:
Learning and teaching strategies will be geared towards the following learning processes:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
International students studying on the course, many of whom work in the creative sectors in their home countries as digital content creators, have come from USA, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Turkey and from across Europe.
£5,500 per year of study
£5,500 per year of study
£5,500 per year of study
£12,600 per year of study
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£2,000 per module (20 credits)
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