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2020/21 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.

Year1 - View timetable

[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 Jan to 31 Oct, 1 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:

COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 credits1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5615MKeywords in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5895MDigital Platforms: Critical and Cultural Analysis30 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 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)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsNot running in 202021
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsNot running in 202021

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

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), 1 May to 30 Sep
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsNot running in 202021
COMM5310MMedia, Culture and Globalisation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5601MInnovations in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsNot running in 202021
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 credits 
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug

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: 24/05/2021 09:54:49


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