Programme information

This programme will provide you with concepts and skills for undertaking ethnographic research for completion of design projects.

These skills can be applied and developed in both the interdisciplinary and international design projects that provide the core of the programme.

This programme expands the question does culture inform design or does design inform culture? Through a series of processes and projects students will build a portfolio of work informed by the study of culture through the Media and Creative Industries. This programme supports students to explore the dynamic, contingent relationships between design and its many cultural contexts.

Entry requirements

An honours degree [2:2 or above] or equivalent ovserseas qualification in Design, Innovation, Business, Media, Technology or related subjects. Applicants from non-Design backgrounds require 55% and above in their final year.

Overseas qualification equivalencies

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course for 2019/20 are:

  • £10,550 (UK/EU)
  • £24,750 (International)

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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Programme aims

  • To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams
  • Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time
  • To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers
  • To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial design innovation and evaluation project that draws on the influences of culture in design
  • To critically analyse how design feeds culture and culture feeds design

Programme modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

To complete the MA Design and Culture students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules (4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester). All modules are compulsory. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

Collaborative Project

With a multi-talented group of students, you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem.
 
Together with your student team, you will research and build solutions to a business problem, supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. Previous clients include Foster + Partners, Speedo, The London Legacy Development Corporation as well as many other companies, start-ups and charities.
 
The Collaborative Project provides a means for you to engage in critical enquiry and to be exposed to project-based teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings. By undertaking this module, you will strengthen your cooperative and collaborative working skills and competencies, whilst raising your awareness and appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity and differences.
 
The Collaborative Project aims to provide you with a hands-on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice-oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions. Alongside the collaborative elements of the module, you will be provided with opportunities to network with stakeholders, organisations and corporations, which will give you the experience and skills needed to connect to relevant parties and potentially develop future employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:
  • Work effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams
  • Undertake and contribute towards a project-based development process
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and creative methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems at hand
  • Identify user and stakeholder needs and value creation opportunities, whilst collecting and applying evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate insights, practices and solutions
  • Identify, structure, reflect on key issues and propose solutions to problems in creative ways
  • Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
  • Plan and execute a project plan including scope, resources and timing
  • Effectively communicate ideas, methods and results to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Use multiple, state-of-the-art date media and technologies to communicate with collaborators
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations.

Assessment

Assessment consists of 100% coursework which is made up of:
  • Individual Reflective Essay (55%)
  • Team Project Report (40%)
  • Peer Evaluation (5%)

Identity, Culture and Communication

This module focuses on developing skilled communication strategies and principles for working in cross-cultural contexts. Key theoretical concepts of `identity', ‘otherisation' and ‘representation' will be introduced through lectures and seminars in order to explore the complex interrelationships between identity, culture and communication. You will be expected to collect and analyse data from the Interdisciplinary Project module to be used for the case study assignment.
 
The module aims to answer the following important questions: What is culture? How are cultural identities constructed? How do cultural stereotypes impact on communication? How are meanings negotiated? And how are these questions related to working as a contemporary designer?
 
Learning Outcomes
 On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Understand the complex interplay between identity and culture and demonstrate these concepts through application to a relevant design context
  • Analyse communication events, written texts and visual images to explore how culture and power relations work to produce particular meanings and communicate this in an appropriate language and report structure
  • Discuss the concepts of identity and culture outlined in the course
  • Apply outlined key concepts when undertaking the analysis of communication strategies observed within the student project teams.
  • Develop and communicate ideas in a coherent sequence
  • Use appropriate language and report structure
  • Reference and attribute correctly
  • Provide critical peer feedback
  • Work in cross-cultural teams
  • Use concepts from the module to inform their professional practice
 
Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:

  • 50% Individual Assessment
  • 50% Individual Report

Researching Media Industries

This module will include teaching on topics such as:
 
  • Approaches to media and creative industries research;
  • Standardised questionnaire design;
  • Methods of sampling
  • Document-based research;
  • Conducting qualitative interviews;
  • Analysing quantitative data using SPSS;
  • Analysing qualitative data through thematic analysis;
  • Developing multi method research strategies.
  • The aim of this module is to become familiar with a range of methodologies for the analysis of structure, operation and output of media and cultural industries.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
 
  • Analyse a range of methods applicable to the study of media and creative industries, cultural texts and reception;
  • Situate particular social, textual and industry research methods in relation to other research practices;
  • Show through explanation and/or discussion the tensions that divide particular research methods and the benefits that can be derived from their combination;
  • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to appraise their wider analytical value and significance;
  • Link empirical findings to wider theoretical debates concerning creative industries, media production and reception;
  • Understand how to collect primary data;
  • Understand how to analyse data;
  • Know how to find and evaluate scholarly sources;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in speech and writing;
  • Synthesise scholarly and primary sources for use in argument;
  • Understand the relevance of research to media and creative industries;
  • Be able to conduct primary research relevant to media and creative industries;
  • Skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing);
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage a self-directed piece of research, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.
 
Assessment
  • 100% Coursework

Media and Creative Industries: Context and Practices

The module includes lectures on topics such as: the creative industries, the history of media technologies, media and intellectual property law; media policy; media organisational structures; and the development, creation, production, distribution and exploitation of media content.

The aim of this module is to present and debate the structure, features and professional practices of the UK and global media landscapes. The module aims to explore a range of different media and creative industries from both professional and academic perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability of:

  • Identify the key characteristics and trends of various media sectors;
  • Analyse the main elements in the value chain of various media sectors;
  • Identify the key historical moments in the development of mass and online media;
  • The nature and context of working in these sectors.
  • Ability to synthesise acquired information in essays/'industry briefs' which address key challenges for the media and creative industries
  • Make use of feedback on the substance and presentation of these briefs-
  • Write concise `industry briefs'.
  • Engage in conversation with media professionals;
  • Meet weekly deadlines;
  • Write according to strict deadlines;
  • Produce short, well written texts that are informative to others.
  • Be able to engage in dialogue with media and creative industry professionals
  • Be able to respond creatively to contemporary challenges facing the sector.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:

  • Mini reports (10%)
  • Report (90%)

Reflection and Action

This module will enable you to start planning for their major project by focusing first on generating a suitable topic to be explored. The goal is for you to arrive at a feasible, agreed major project plan. You will consolidate your prior learning and use it to develop a learning plan to complete your chosen study pathway.
 
The aim of the Reflection and Action module is to facilitate your reflection on individual practices and values, and the shifts impacting on design discipline. You will gain a broad understanding of design theories and research in order to inform and shape their dissertation proposal to be developed in the dissertation module.

Learning Outcomes

 On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and advanced scholarship and display evidence of understanding the requirements of focusing research ideas
  • Understand what is a reflective practice and its role in design research
  • Develop a feasible research direction
  • Plan and pilot a research method suitable to the individuals dissertation
  • understand the participatory and action research methodologies
  • reflect, identify and agree a dissertation direction
  • engage in a sustained piece of individual, academic research on a chosen research method
  • articulate, carry out and reflect a feasible pilot project
  • manage their time and resources effectively
  • use initiative and take responsibility
  • develop skills in pilot study planning
  • display evidence of independent research skills.

Assessment

  • Reflective Commentary poster (10%)
  • Peer Feedback (30%)
  • Reflective Commentary Report (60%)

Meaning Making in Design

The module will locate design within broader cultural issues and practices of creativity and innovation. This module will use the Circuit of Culture and its five interrelated categories (i.e. Identity, Representation, Regulation, Production and Consumption) as framework to explore processes of meaning making.
 
The aims of this module are to build on concepts introduced in the Identity, Culture & Communication module and the Meaning Making in Design module. It aims to answer ‘What is culture?’, identify its meanings and practices, its production and representation, and show designers as cultural intermediaries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate your understanding of how designers' practices are interwoven with elements of production and consumption of culture.
  • Cultural processes which form the culture of circuit
  • Display the interplay of elements within the culture of circuit in construction of meaning
  • Identify relation between design and culture
  • Explain the key concepts of `culture, cultural formation and production in relation design
  • Analyse complex cultural issues and evaluate design processes and products
  • Collect data and analyse these using the key concepts discussed in the module
  • Provide peer feedback
  • Respond to peer feedback
  • Develop understanding of culture as non-essential
  • Understand interplay of elements in construction of meaning.

Assessment

  • Case study (80%)
  • Peer feedback (20%)

Design Innovation Project

The Design Innovation Project is designed so that students develop and gain experience in using key skills that will enable them to work successfully with various organisational project team members in the face to face and distributed product development process. The module will prepare the students to develop as culturally competent project leaders.

The aim of this module is to provide students with skills for working in design innovation work teams.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Develop strategies to plan and execute a project across distributed collaborative teams.
  • Understand the impact of distributed project teams on project management
  • Develop and gain experience in using distance communication
  • Explore cultural issues and concepts with exchanges and project evaluation
  • Develop skills in generating and ev aluation of project briefs
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of cultural issues and concepts
  • Develop strategies to make a contribution diverse project teams
  • Use distance communication tools
  • Provide critical feedback to peers
  • Articulate a project brief and project review criteria
  • Use digital communication tools
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Develop the means to implement and communicate the strategy to a 'client'
  • Communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media
  • Solve problems in creative and innovative ways
Assessment
  • 30% Design Process Diary
  • 30% Reflective Article
  • 40% Project Deliverables

Dissertation

The Dissertation module will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark on your own research project. You will have the choice of three dissertation pathways:
  • A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of the student's choice
  • A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  • An Internship within an organisation during which time students will complete a project as part of their role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
  • By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you will achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and will produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in more detail.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The importance of project planning
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis or research question
  • The ethical implications of research
  • The relevant empirical data and methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
  • The areas of expertise or publications of the major individuals or organisations in the subject or business area
  • The previous research or current knowledge in the specific subject or business area
  • Theoretical perspectives relevant to your chosen topic
  • The most effective methods of presentation for data or knowledge
  • Developing a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
  • Synthesising relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data) to construct a coherent argument in response to your research question, hypothesis or business problem
  • Analysing primary or secondary data collected by an appropriate method
  • Critically evaluating data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information
  • Engaging in critical debate and argumentation in written work
  • Applying principles of good scholarly practice to your written work
  • Performing appropriate literature searching/business information searching using library databases or other reputable sources
  • Planning a research project and producing a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines
  • Synthesising information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrating rational use of research method tools
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrating effective project planning skills
  • Finding and evaluating scholarly sources
  • Engaging in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrating effective report writing skills
  • Recognising and using resources effectively
  • Successfully managing a project from idea to completion
  • Demonstrating commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Research proposal (10%)
  • Dissertation report (90%)

Optional modules

Media Audiences and Users

Our Media Audiences and Users module will cover a range of approaches to studying media audiences, users and markets, developed both within academic research and in the media and creative industries. Content will include: public debates about media audiences, users and markets; key theoretical paradigms in media audience research; the history of research and debate on media audiences; methodological and ethical issues in research design and analysis; the implications of new digital media for audience behaviour and for research; practices of market research within the media and creative industries.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the major theoretical and methodological issues at stake in researching people's engagement with media, as audiences, users and consumers. The module examines the historical evolution of audience research; the key theoretical paradigms in the field; the practice of market research, and how it is employed within the media and creative industries; methodological and ethical dimensions of research; and the implications of new media technologies, both for the experience of audiences/users/consumers and for the practice of research. Case studies will be presented by visiting speakers from relevant organisations in the media and creative industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the major research trends in the academic study of media audiences, including social-psychological and Cultural Studies perspectives
  • Understand the aims, methods and practices of market and consumer research within the media and creative industries
  • Understand the methodological choices entailed in studying media audiences, and their implications and consequences for research findings
  • Understand the implications of new media technologies for audience/user behaviour, and for the practice of audience and market research
  • Identify and debate relevant theoretical perspectives on media audiences, users and markets
  • Describe and evaluate methodological procedures and practices used in this field
  • Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions and methodologies employed in specific research studies
  • Analyse emerging trends and critically evaluate received wisdom in the field
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice
  • Understand the working practices and methods employed in relevant sectors of the media and creative industries (e.g. market research)
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing)
  • Plan, organise and manage a self-directed research case study, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

Assessment is made up of 1x 3,000 word essay (100%).

Global Cities, Media and Communication

The module content will include teaching on different theories of globalization, global and ordinary cities and place-identity, as well as key themes for urban communication;.These will be explored through specific examples and case studies such as: electronic spaces, place-making, urban regeneration, migrant and ethnic economies, fortress city, cities as texts, representation of cities in different media formats and consumption practices in cities.
 
This module explores the relationship between media, communication and the city by focusing on a variety of scenarios and case studies. These case studies will be framed within contemporary theories in sociological media and cultural analysis (specifically globalization, cities and places). The aim of this module is to invite you to critically reflect about the centrality of media in urban life. It will explore cultural production, representation and consumption practices in urban contexts; and representations of urban settings in different media texts and formats.

Learning Outcomes

By studying this module, students are expected to develop a critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches and trends for exploring the relationship between media, communication practices and cities.

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data
  • Understand and evaluate complex arguments
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and oral presentations to academic and non academic audiences
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Understand the role of media in modern urban life
  • Understand emerging trends in urban communication
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of main debates to a particular setting
  • Be able to plan and organise material in a timely manner, demonstrating independence, initiative and ability to work collaboratively
  • Carry out independent observations on contemporary urban environments and feedback into the classroom with the aim of critically reflecting upon the conceptual material
  • Theoretical approaches relevant in the analysis of media and cities
  • The links between media and cities in different cultural contexts
  • The importance of media in shaping and representing cities
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing case study
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and cities
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field
  • Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and cities, critiquing and synthesising the insights gained in your own analytical work
  • Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry
  • Analyse how media is produced, represented and consumed
  • Discuss and evaluate transformations in urban environments in different cultural contexts and relate to theories of globalisation, place and identity
  • Discuss self-designed research and the issues it raises reflexively.

Assessment

  • Presentation (20%)
  • Coursework (80%)

Cultural Industries and Creative Labour / Cultural Work

The module will cover definitions of labour and work; theoretical approaches to understanding labour and work; definitions of creative labour and work; the emergence of media and creative work; continuities and changes in media and creative work; comparisons of media and creative work in different industries and in different countries; factors affecting contemporary wages, terms and conditions in the media and creative industries.
 
This module will help you understand the continuities and changes in work and employment in the media and creative industries internationally.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Understand the theoretical frameworks for understanding work and labour in media and creative industries
  • Understand the definitions of creativity
  • Understand the major trends in employment internationally in the media and creative industries
  • Understand the continuities and changes in the wages, terms and conditions of those working in media and creative industries
  • Identify, debate and evaluate relevant theoretical on media and creative labour and work
  • Understand the development of media and creative work historically through applying these frameworks
  • Use these frameworks to analyse emerging trends in media and creative work
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice
  • Understand the behaviour of media and creative workers
  • Understand emerging trends in media and creative work
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field
  • Plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Coursework (80%)

Social Identities and Media

Combining key theories from critical theory, cultural studies, film, gender studies and communication studies, the module will explore processes and practices of production and re-production of social identities making emphasis on said productions on digital media, paying special attention to questions of racism, colonialism and capitalism.

The aim of this module is to examine media representations of social identities with particular focus on gender, race, class and sexuality and its intersections.

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, we hope that students will understand the impact of digital technologies in the shaping of society and the socio-cultural mechanism that produce, re-create and circulate the individual and collective notions of identity.

On successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The ways gender, race, class and sexuality identities are shaped by and shape digital media
  • The critical theories and approaches with which to evaluate media in terms of race/ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, age, sexuality, and/or ability
  • How the complexities of power relations and social justice influence how race, class, gender and sexuality and depicted, built and sustained in digital media
  • Critical awareness and cultural sensitivity as it relates to professional media practices and with which to build community, civic engagement, and character in everyday life
  • Media depictions of race, class, gender and sex from a multidisciplinary perspective while demonstrating an understanding of how these images can significantly impact individuals, society and culture
  • The complexities of power relations and social justice influence media depictions of race, class, gender and sex
  • Identify and debate relevant theoretical perspectives on the construction of social identities in context of digital media
  • Describe and evaluate impact of digital technology on the production, re-production and circulation of social identities
  • Apply and evaluate the impact of media images in the formation of personal identity and how we view others
  • Analyse how the complexities of power relations and social justice influence how race, class, gender and sexuality and depicted in media
  • Systematically assess the aims, motivations and effectiveness of the social and political uses of digital media
  • Analyse emerging trends and critically evaluate received wisdom in the field
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study
  • Evaluate methodologies used in both academic and market research, and develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field (e.g. report writing)
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage a self-directed research case study, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality

Assessment

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Report (30%)
  • Essay (70%)

Media and Social Movements

The module content will include: Theories on "new" media, global media systems, legal and governmental frameworks, surveillance, social-movement, alternative media practices, transnational capitalism.
 
The module introduces the issues around media and social movements, by tracing the theoretical evolution of media and social movements, understanding media within broader social movements in historical processes rather than merely focusing on media technologies or impact media. The model seeks to cover topics on control of media systems on different regions of the world, alternative media practices, anti-imperial protest, non-aligned movements and media and national sovereignty.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • Analyse and identify theories and trends about media and social movements
  • Contextualise media within specific historical and political conditions
  • Interrogate media’s systems in different regions of the word and its connection to people’s democratic struggles
  • Understand debates around new information technologies including social media and their relation to social change
  • How the media systems are organized and structured
  • The links between current environmental and social issues and media technologies
  • Importance of media in geopolitical conflicts
  • Identify and evaluate alternative media systems
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study
  • Evaluate methodologies used in academic research to develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and social movements
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field
  • Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, critiquing and synthesising the insights gained in their own analytical work
  • Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry
  • Discuss and evaluate transformations in digital media and their social, political, economic and cultural contexts and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence
  • Discuss their self-designed research and the issues it raises reflexively
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice
  • Understand the impact of digital media on culture
  • Understand emerging trends in digital media
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Report (30%)
  • Essay (70%)

Media Law and Policy

This module provides a fascinating introduction to the principal issues surrounding media law and policy, including the sources of law, intellectual property, the creation and transfer of intellectual property rights, media finance, free speech, privacy and defamation, content and spectrum regulation, competition law and international regulation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The fundamental legal concepts underpinning the media industries
  • The creation, role and use of intellectual property in media
  • The significance of the trade in media rights
  • How media rights are transferred
  • How media rights are used to drive the financing of media projects
  • The key debates in content regulation over free speech, privacy, defamation, hate speech, blasphemy and other forms of control
  • The way in which the regulation of access to media remains important even in the internet age
  • The role of competition law and regulation
  • The role of international organisations, laws and treaties in regulating the media.

Assessment

Assessment consists of 1 x 100% essay (3,000 words).

Future career prospects

This programme will provide you with the right skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects in user-centred design. You will be a qualified professional versed with many new and developed design skills, and will be experienced in interdisciplinary teamwork.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

Your personal development

The careers and employability support on offer at Loughborough University London has been carefully designed to give you the best possible chance of securing your dream role.

Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of careers-focused activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s programme. Opportunities include employability assessments, group projects set by a real businesses and organisations, company site visits and organisation-based dissertation opportunities.

Assessments

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation.

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

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