This MA is taught by a group of leading academics within the emerging field of new media studies. This innovative MA examines the relationships between new technologies, cultural change, identity and media institutions. From internet communities to everyday videogame play, from developments in digital broadcasting and film-making to theories of cyberculture, New Media is studied within the context of the School of Cultural Studies' expertise in the study of media and culture in general, and our pioneering work in the study of media, culture and technology in particular. The study of cultural contexts and histories, theoretical frameworks and methods of research, will provide you with the intellectual tools with which to engage in a wide-ranging analysis of the roles that new media technologies and their practices play in the culture of everyday life.
Applicants normally have a first or upper second class honours degree in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Film, Television or Communication Studies (applicants from different academic backgrounds will be considered providing they can demonstrate the critical writing skills required for this MA programme). However, if you have a good lower second degree, you should consult the Programme Leader before making a formal application. If you are considered for a place, you may be required to attend an interview.
MA New Media
The 2007/08 modules include Critical Debates in Cultural and Media Studies; Researching New Media; Game Culture; New Media, Culture and Technology; and Online Journalism.
The MA programme requires that you take two optional modules plus the two core modules (these are Critical Debates in Cultural and Media Studies and Researching New Media). In addition you will be required to complete a 15,000-word dissertation, which will be supported by individual supervision.
Teaching and learning
Students are expected to attend all sessions for each module. Tutorial advice is available from relevant members of staff by individual negotiation.
Students are also invited to participate in regular research seminars organised within the School of Cultural Studies.
Assessment is module-based and varies according to the particular concerns and learning objectives in each of the modules. Forms of assessment include seminar papers, presentations, essays, small-scale research projects, critical biographies and textual analyses. In addition and where appropriate to the student's prior expertise, a form of media production within an exploratory and critical framework.
The dissertation is based on individual research and is usually presented in written form (15,000 words). Dissertations are individually supervised and are supported by the second foundation module. An MA with distinction shall be awarded to students of exceptional merit