Creative Media MA
What makes the Masters in Creative Media at Worcester special?
Our Creative Practice MA is open to professionals and graduates who aspire to meet the evolving demands of contemporary creative practice. You will gain strong theoretical and cultural contextual knowledge and will hone your conceptual thinking and innovation. This course will enhance your career prospects in the creative industries and enable you to become an effective and confident practitioner.
- A stimulating opportunity to work alongside practitioners from a variety of disciplines
- A broad-ranging course that expands your creative horizons
- An impressive range of media resources and studios
- Strong theoretical, experimental and professional practice strands
- Tutors with strong industry experience and a proven professional track record
What qualifications will you need?
- A first or second-class Honours Degree in a relevant, cognate discipline
- Professional qualifications in an appropriate area
- Relevant professional experience
All applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will be asked to provide a portfolio.
The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.
We accept a wide variety of media (both digital and traditional) as part of your portfolio submission. Options include:
- Graphic Design
- Film or animation
- Sound design or music composition
- Motion graphics
- Game design concepts
How should I submit my portfolio?
Please email us your portfolio in a digital format (for example using a file-sharing site such as a drop box or as a web link) at the time of application. We will contact you to arrange an informal interview once we have received your full application. For international and EU students, this could be arranged using Skype.
If you have any questions at all about portfolio requirements, we are very happy to help. Please contact Course Leader, David James on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really can’t express how much I have gained from completing the M.A., both personally and from a professional aspect. I now have a clear view of where I want to head with my work in the future.
Mark Daffin, Creative Media MA
What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
After working in the computer graphics field for many years without relevant qualifications, Andrew Robinson came to Worcester University as a mature student studying Creative Digital Media at BA level. In his time on that course he gained a reputation for producing highly polished commercial work, and graduated with a first class honours degree.
Choosing to continue his studies at Worcester University was, he says, a natural choice. “I had been consistently impressed with the staff and facilities at Worcester University, and the unique combination of a one-year Masters course with wide flexibility offered within the modules made the Creative Digital Media MA the ideal course for me.”
For more information, please read Andrew's full case study.
Tania March is a figurative painter and photographer. She joined the Masters course after graduating from Worcester with a First Class BA Honours degree in Fine Art Practice.
She says of her course: “I enjoyed my time here as an undergraduate and found staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. I generally like the atmosphere at the University of Worcester and staff go out of their way to help. The facilities are very good. I have been able to undertake many different creative projects and learn how to use a variety of media. Technical support and teaching are brilliant."
For more information, please read Tania's full case study.
Stoyan Tenev studied at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Bulgaria, taking a degree in B.A. Film and Television Directing. Recently, his practice has been broad: it encompasses filmmaking, photography, web design, motion graphics, animation and music over a wide range of digital media projects.
He says, “I visited the University on its open days: seeing the facilities and meeting with the tutors won me over. It is great location. The course was exactly what I needed to complete and complement my previous studies. The MA Creative Media course offered all the elements that I wanted. I liked that, as a student, I had access to a broad variety of up to date technology to assist my studies and project. There is a friendly community of students and staff on which you could always rely for help and assistance.”
For more information, please read Stoyan's full case study.
Having studied for a business degree (Advertising, Marketing and PR) at Worcester, Richard Stephenson is a filmmaker who explored themes of surrealism during his course. He says of his experience: “I studied for my first degree at Worcester and found the staff to be very knowledgeable in their subject area. It was a very inspirational environment and all the students worked closely together to help each other’s work. I always received help and guidance when I needed it from the module tutors and never felt I couldn’t ask for extra help out of work hours.
“The course learns and allows you to explore fully your practice and develop ideas outside your own conventions. It encourages you to be creative and thus improves your self-confidence and ability. It allows an environment to explain your creative process and showcase your work. Helpful guidance from other students and the tutors helped me to increase my skill and ability to a higher level.
For more information, please read Richard's full case study.
Following a varied career in fields such as journalism, Ann Griffiths took an evening course in watercolour painting and felt the need to study the subject in more depth. On the strength of her experimental watercolours, she was able to obtain a place on the two-year National Diploma Art and Design Course at Evesham College, and emerged four points short of a triple Distinction.
Ann says of her experience on the course, “I enjoyed having more freedom to experiment and work with a group who understood – or at least accepted – what I was trying to do. The course enabled me to investigate experimental approaches and develop my ideas in a contemporary way. It was a great year and wonderful company in the student group as well.”
For more information, please read Ann's full case study.
Mark Daffin, a printmaker, entered this course with an honours degree in Illustration.
Of his course, Mark says, “I really can’t express how much I have gained from completing the M.A., both personally and from a professional aspect. I now have a clear view of where I want to head with my work in the future.”
Following graduation, Mark was commissioned to provide artwork for huge, striking banners for in the Lady Chapel in Worcester Cathedral to mask restoration work to the East Window. He was chosen to undertake this commission as his style and method of working would meet the requirement for bold, clear images in the situation in which they would be viewed. The distinct identity of the imagery is a result of the linocut relief printing technique employed and it is reminiscent of the traditional crafts that created the Cathedral. Mark says of his approach to the commission, “Before designing the images, I spent some time in the Cathedral studying the beautiful stained glass windows. I was motivated to create prints in my style and media that sympathetically worked alongside the windows and fitted in with the stunning architecture of the Cathedral.”
For more information, please read Mark's full case study.
Yonghyun Yun joined the course as a mature student from South Korea. Before this, Yonghyun studied broadcasting theory for his Bachelors degree and a Masters in Film Theory in South Korea whilst working in the broadcasting industry as a professional camera operator and music video director. His practice led him to realise the potential of media format development and decided to study in the UK in order to further his investigative studies. Consequently, he joined the BA course in Interactive Media at the University of Gloucestershire.
On graduation, Yonghyun chose the Creative Digital Media MA course here at Worcester because it offered him excellent support and the potential to build his confidence through the course programme. As a result, he feels that the course developed his abilities and subject skills, and also presented opportunities to broaden his potential practice. This has led to him developing an ambitious career strategy in the media industries on graduation.
For more information, please read Yonghyun's full case study.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You are taught through a combination of lectures, interactive presentations of your work, tutorials and workshops that are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion, tutorial guidance and small group activities in workshops. Presentations and tutorials enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.
You will be expected to take responsibility for engagement with your learning experience but this will be supported continuously by close tutorial guidance.
You will have access to industry-standard design and filmmaking software on Apple Macintosh computers in the MA Room and also be able to use the broadcast standard video and photographic studios and sound mixing facilities in the Digital Arts Centre.
By agreement with the module tutors, you will be able to sit in on undergraduate module sessions in order to achieve additional subject skills.
Practitioners from the industry will give talks on their work and provide input on the Professional Practice module.
In a typical week, you will have around eight contact hours of teaching through two module sessions. This represents two half days per week in each semester. Lecturers will give further support by email if a student requests this.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
In addition to the Digital Arts Centre resources, a range of excellent learning facilities including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, support independent learning.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.
Each module has one formal or ‘summative’ assessment that is graded and count towards the final module grade. Assessment methods include practical projects, essays and reports. The summer Independent Project is the equivalent of the dissertation and is a self-directed investigation, originated by the student, in the form of a major practical project supported by a 5,000 word critical evaluation.
Students will receive detailed feedback on all module assignments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
Digital Arts Centre
The Postgraduate Base Room
Where could it take you?
If you are a media practitioner, you can find employment in design, film, television or photography studios. If your field is in fine art, you could find employment in galleries, curation or public and private commissions. Many of our graduates proceed to freelance careers. Others find vocation as teachers and lecturers.
We have designed this exciting course such that you may participate in any area that represents your practice. You might be a designer, filmmaker, illustrator, painter, photographer, printmaker, animator or practicing in any other creative field. One of the distinct aspects of our programme is that you will be working and studying alongside graduates in a range of disciplines: this is an unusual, and very stimulating, inspiring factor of the course. You will benefit from contribution and support from student colleagues from diverse disciplines that will broaden your outlook and vision.
Graduates of the current programme have been successfully placed in studios specialising in design, video editing, film production and photography. Many are now pursuing freelance practice. To cite just a few achievements, the following are representative:
- Specialising in printmaking, the graduate was commissioned in 2015 for the design on the ten metre high banners for the east end of Worcester Cathedral during the east window restoration: his woodcut designs won high acclaim.
- The graduate presented his feature film – produced as a course assignment – at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2015.
- Having been previously a filmmaker, the graduate is currently extending his course research on web screen technology as part of a funded project in his native South Korea.
- Based on her feature-length documentary for her dissertation, the graduate is working as a director in the film industry in her native Romania.
- The graduate is now a television producer in his native India.
- A specialist in journalism who took our course as a storyteller, the graduate is a creative production writer and concept developer in her native Nigeria.
- The graduate has been commissioned by publishers to illustrate children’s books: these include The Leopard Boy, written by Julia Johnson, and published by Frances Lincoln.
- Three recent graduates of the current course are now lecturing at higher education level.
Meet the team
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Postgraduate students may also voluntarily contribute to some undergraduate sessions. Teaching is informed by the extensive industry experience of the lecturers, together with on-going practice and research. All of the lecturers on the programme have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
David James is a designer, photographer, illustrator and motion graphics designer. He studied at the universities of Reading, the Slade School of University College London, and Gloucestershire. Having been Supervising Designer, News and Current Affairs, at Thames Television (ITV London), his last post in TV was Head of the Design Group at ITV West. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Accredited Senior in Creative Imaging and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
How much will it cost?
For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.
The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.
For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.
How do you apply?
Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or email@example.com
If you are an international student, please visit http://www.worcester.ac.uk/community/international-making-an-application.html.
If you have any questions about the application process for international students, please contact our international team at firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)1905 542640. We are happy to help.
It is possible to study towards a Masters award (five modules) or either of the interim awards:
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate, students must successfully complete two modules.
After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, it is possible to complete a further two modules to achieve the award of Postgraduate Diploma.
Having completed four modules, the student may proceed to the Masters by completing the Independent Project over the summer.