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Digital Media and Culture (MA) (2020 Entry)



  • Course Code
  • P-L99A
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Digital Media and Culture MA focuses on how digital processes are transforming culture, the economy and society. Become trained in the tools to understand it, and use digital media creatively and critically at Warwick's Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.


Digital media today affect all aspects of everyday, professional and public life, and understanding its significance requires interdisciplinary knowledge. Based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick, the MA Programme in Digital Media and Culture is an advanced one-year postgraduate degree that addresses the role of digital technologies, media, and infrastructures in relation to culture, economics, politics, and society.

Drawing on multiple disciplines, the degree supports critical approaches to key topics in digital culture, including platformisation, participatory culture, media activism, digital labour and political economy, privacy and surveillance, behavioural design, data critique, and environmental sustainability.

Our teaching combines theory, research methods, and creative practice. By selecting from a diverse offering of modules, students will have, for instance, the opportunity to learn data analytics and visualisation, to engage with speculative design and media art, and to discuss concepts in fields ranging from software studies to environmental humanities.

Based at a research centre promoting cutting-edge scholarship in these areas, our degree is primarily research-driven. MA students will be encouraged to select their own path through the degree and contribute to the culture of CIM by attending invited talks, participating in workshops, and organising interdisciplinary symposiums.


Core Modules

  • Approaches to the Digital
  • Digital Objects, Digital Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Media Activism
  • Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data
  • User Interface Cultures: Design, Method and Critique
  • Visualisation
  • Digital Cities
  • Digital Sociology
  • Ethnography, Knowlege and Practice
  • Playful Media

Teaching

  • Online Virtual Learning Environment
  • Student Group and Project Work
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Reading and Directed Critical Discussion
  • Independent Research by Students
  • Practice-Based Activities

Contact Hours

Typically 7-9 hours per week, depending on optional modules chosen

Class Sizes

Typical seminar size 12-16 students

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Design projects
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Practice Assessments
  • Group Work
  • Presentations
  • An Individual Research Project (10,000 word dissertation)

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships is available, including a CIM scholarship providing a £4,000 contribution towards tuition fees for Home/EU students (two awards are available for each of our three taught postgraduate degrees).

Additional course cost
All students on CIM degrees require a laptop computer for their studies. This is provided by the department for students to use and keep, and the cost is included in course fees.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: AXA, BaiDu, GroupM, Just Eat, Skyscanner, The Labour Party and University of Warwick. They have pursued roles such as: authors, writers and translators; business and financial project management professionals; buyers and procurement officers; data analysts and product managers; marketing associate professionals; quality assurance and regulatory professionals and researchers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Careers in AI and Data Science
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Discuss What’s Next After Your CIM Master’s Degree

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.