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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA New Media

Programme code:MA-COMM/NMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Helen Thornham Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good first degree, University IELTS requirements for PGs:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Recognized tests are IELTS with a required overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or TOEFL equivalent score.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Programme specification:

The MA New Media will provide students with a unique blend of new media theory and practice, equipping them with the necessary skills for future work or research in the field of new media. The programme aims to develop critical thinking, creative and technical skills in relation to new media. The programme offers the combination of an in-depth understanding of new media and its role in social, cultural and economic life with the further development of existing, practical new media design and production skills (such as visual, web or interaction design, animation, gaming or advanced database design).

On the MA New Media, students will:

- Understand and critique new media as a socio-cultural phenomenon
- Develop understanding of key contemporary issues and debates in relation to new media
- Develop practical production skills in planning, designing, developing and implementing new media systems and solutions
- Have an opportunity to further develop and expand their existing new media portfolios
- Learn to position new media in the context of the creative / cultural industries, and consider the ways in which new media and these industries shape and are shaped by each other.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules. Completion of the two compulsory modules only will result in a PG Certificate:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
COMM5780MDigital Practices60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 - 60 credits of Optional modules

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following semester 1 modules:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5735MIndividual Directed Study (New Media)30 creditsNot running in 201920
COMM5801MUrban Narratives30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5815MCinematics and Photography30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (5mth)(adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following semester 2 modules:

COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5805MCultures of Contemporary Photography30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5208MCultural Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

candidates may study 30 credits of elective modules in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Last updated: 27/11/2019


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