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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.

Key features

  • 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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Either:

  • 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.

Other information

Portfolio Requirements

We accept a wide variety of media (both digital and traditional) as part of your portfolio submission. Options include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Film or animation
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • 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 d.james@worc.ac.uk.

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

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Semester 1

  • Creative Identity: a practical project module, based on research, in which you explore your identity as a practitioner through a project of your own devising
  • Professional Practice: a module that expands your engagement with professional practice and the opportunity to work alongside a media professional

Semester 2

  • Creative Concept: having established your identity, you are given the opportunity to build on this self awareness in a sustained practical project based on sound and relevant research
  • Experimental Practice: an experience in which we will ask you to disregard all restricting conditions, and experiment freely and playfully to enhance your creative thinking skills

Summer

  • Independent Project: you will have prepared for this module in Creative Concept. It is the culmination of your experience on the course – a major practical project of your own devising that showcases your abilities and skills and which is underpinned with a theoretical critical statement.

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    Case study

    Andrew Robinson

    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.

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    Case study

    Tania March

    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.

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    Stoyan Tenev

    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.

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    Richard Stephenson

    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.

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    Case study

    Ann Griffiths

    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.

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    Mark Daffin

    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.

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    Case study

    Yonghyun Yun

    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?

Learning, teaching and assessment within the programme has been designed to develop specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to your professional practice in creative media, as well as to enable you to develop academic and transferable skills that will support your creative practice. Your knowledge, skills and approaches will be developed through a variety of learning strategies, including lectures, written assignments, group work, seminars, practical work, and tutorial support.

The technical team run regular workshops in the use of resources, such as cameras and studios, to offer you the opportunity to acquire new skills. Please note that we do not teach software applications: you are expected already to have such knowledge relevant to your arena of practice.

On offer is our state of the art Digital Arts Centre with a dedicated MA Room with Macintosh computers running industry standard digital media software, and smaller studio spaces for digital media experimentation, research, production and development work. There is a 48 track digital sound recording studio, a digital video production studio with full lighting rig, blue screen technology and multi-camera studio facilities, as well as digital video editing facilities and web servers. We also have animation rostrums and a printmaking and ceramics studio.

In the environment of these facilities, you will be taught by a dedicated team of tutors who have considerable industry experience, and supported by an excellent technical team who can offer advice on practical applications.       

Assessment is through coursework. This will usually be a practical project supported by a written reflective account of your concepts, research and critical approach.

Careers

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

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    David James

    David James gained his BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Reading, which he followed with postgraduate study at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He later gained an MA Fine & Media Arts from the University of Gloucestershire whilst working in the television industry as a motion graphics designer and art director, heading the Design Group at ITV West. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers in 1987, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2005 and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2015.

    David teaches motion graphics, graphic design, photography, video production, illustration and contextual studies. In recognition of his portfolio of work, he has just been directly awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, and Accredited Senior in Imaging in the Creative Industries of the RPS, the first candidate from the field of education ever to achieve these distinctions directly.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 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.

Apply

How do you apply?

Apply for September 2017 enrolment

Apply full-time
Apply part-time

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk

International applicants:
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 international@worc.ac.uk / +44 (0)1905 542640. We are happy to help.

 

Study options

It is possible to study towards a Masters award (five modules) or either of the interim awards:

Postgraduate Certificate

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate, students must successfully complete two modules.

Postgraduate Diploma

After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, it is possible to complete a further two modules to achieve the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

Masters

Having completed four modules, the student may proceed to the Masters by completing the Independent Project over the summer.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

David James
MA Course Leader
d.james@worc.ac.uk

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