Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Media Culture

This MA course is a theoretical pathway which takes technical media as its object of study. Complementing the practice MA courses within the Media department of Manchester School of Art, its focus is on the theories and histories of screen, lens-based and digital media, the varied forms of creative practice that they support, and their ubiquity in contemporary culture and society. The course provides a critical and creative environment where media students, researchers, creative practitioners and professionals can conduct intensive, self-directed academic research with expert supervision. The MA is structured to support students in developing, consolidating and executing a focused and substantial independent research project; this may take the form of a dissertation, or a project combining academic writing with creative media practice. For the MFA award, this work is extended and students provide evidence of an engagement with the appropriate professional sphere. Possible directions for these projects include: research and publishing projects at academic level; creative applications of the academic canon; curation, programming, interpretation and marketing in the fields of screen, lens-based and digital media arts.

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate UK Honours degree or international equivalent or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard. In addition, you may also need to submit a digital portfolio.

Course modules

Modules include: media project synopsis; media project development; media cultures major project; professional platforms unit. Optional modules (subject to change): contested territories; digital futures; health and wellbeing; images and archives; making our futures: ecological arts and sustainable design; negotiated study; object and context; the museum and the city; writing research and funding proposals.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MFA Full-time September 2016 - 2 years
MFA Part-time September 2016 - 4 years
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0161 247 6969