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About the Centre

Who we are

Read our Our Story and Our Centre Directors - Past & Present for deeper understanding our heritage. The Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies brings together experts who provide a focus for teaching and research in cultural management, cultural policy, media and communications, culture and international development, creative and social enterprise and the creative and media industries. Our distinctive approach is to engage with the practical realities of working in the cultural and media industries while having critical oversight of the ideological, strategic and conceptual questions which lie behind professional practice. This approach is shaped by an ongoing commitment to preparing postgraduate students for careers in the culture, media and communication industries.

The Centre is run by a multi-disciplinary team of full-time staff supported by a range of distinguished practitioners and visiting experts. The Centre has awarded over 1300 degrees with students going on to PhD at Warwick. Its alumni network is truly global. The expertise at the Centre is regularly called upon for research and consultancy work.

An international environment

The Centre forms part of an international network that connects with researchers, cultural managers and creative organisations and businesses in many parts of the world. Students joining the Centre are able to access this network, making valuable contacts for their studies and careers. We currently teach students from the UK, Austria, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada Chile, China, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA.

Studying with us

The Centre offers opportunities for postgraduate study. Students may register for a research degree, leading to the award of PhD in Media and Communication / PhD in Cultural Policy Studies / Phd in Creative Industries, or for a taught Masters programme. Four taught Masters programmes are offered in International Cultural Policy and Management , Creative and Media Enterprises, Global Media and Communication and Arts, Enterprise and Development.

A unique student experience

Teaching in the Centre is based on a ‘Warwick model’ of small class sizes, close contact between students and staff, an integrated, coherent curriculum and individualised attention to student needs and aspirations. Unlike many Masters courses at other UK universities our courses feature a coherent curriculum designed to fit professional as well as academic criteria. We do not run large lectures. Core modules are taught in classes of 20-30; classes for option modules are sometimes smaller. This is vital to enriching the student experience and ensuring critical and creative thinking at postgraduate level. We seek to enhance the student experience through pastoral care, bespoke learning and tailored professional development. We are also pro-active in the development of new approaches to teaching and learning such as Open Space Learning and the use of digital media and technology in the classroom. Find out more about our distinctive approach to teaching and learning.

Our research

The international teaching and learning environment we have fostered informs our research and consultancy in the fields of cultural policy, media, culture, communications and the creative industries. Our approach has produced partnerships and contracts with a variety of institutions including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Arts Council England (ACE).

Founding members of the Centre have helped define the field of cultural policy studies, notably through the International Journal of Cultural Policy and the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR). In recent years, we have extended and redefined the research of culture and creativity through our interdisciplinary research.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 90% of our unit's research outputs were rated as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour 4* or judged internationally excellent 3*. Find out more about Centre members and their research interests.

Our partnerships

Public engagement is at the heart of our research and our teaching. Our research seeks to inform policy and to engage with industry and a wide range of stakeholders and communities across a number of sectors. Recent partnerships that demonstrate our engagement with environmental issues have been with the UK Environment Agency, local governments and stakeholders in the water, agriculture and natural resources sectors, The Responsible Media Forum and Green Film Shooting in Germany. In the cultural sectors we have had collaborations and partnerships with The Finnish Film Institute, Spon Spun Festival, Albany Theatre, Coventry Artspace Partnerships, BAFTA, European Centre for Creative Economy (Dortmund), European Partnership on Cultural and Creative Spillovers (Arts Council England, Arts Council Ireland, Creative England, European Cultural Foundation). Our entrepreneurial activity includes partnerships with Warwick in London and BIMA London (British Interactive Media Association), Leading Creative Talent, and the Korea Cultural Tourism Institute.

Students participate in projects to address real cultural, strategic, and commercial challenges for collaborative partners including the BBC, GfK NOP Media, Exient Games, Association for Independent Music, Compton Verney, Royal Shakespeare Company, Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sampad South Asian Arts, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Warwick Arts Centre, All3Media, AAR and the Four Seasons Group. We also have guest speaker input from various ‘industry’ sources including - the BBC, Field Day Productions, Simons Muirhead and Burton, Bracket Creative, InSkin Media, Creative Semiotics and a range of freelance practitioners. Staff contribute to projects on aesthetic practice, digital innovation, heritage management, arts impact and the management of media and creativity through commissioned research, collaborative projects, industry seminars, conferences and workshops and by creating partnerships and networks with key institutions and agencies both nationally and internationally. Our research pages detail some recent projects researchers have been engaged in.

We collaborate with other Warwick departments including Film and Television, Sociology, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick Business School and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. Centre members contribute to the university’s Global Research Priorities and we also work alongside our colleagues in Theatre and Performance Studies, which has a well-established tradition of combining both theoretical and practical instruction.