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Designed and delivered by the Faculty of Media & Communication and The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, and endorsed by Creative Skillset, these innovative Build Your Own MA (BYOMA) short courses offer relevant, professionally focused and flexible training and development for employees and freelancers with prior experience in the creative media industries.

Delivered by experienced academics and practitioners, far from being all theory-based, these media short courses have been specifically designed with industry to develop higher-level skills at postgraduate level alongside specialist knowledge and an understanding of the changing landscape of contemporary media practice.

The Build Your Own MA short courses offer you the opportunity to escape the pressures and demands of your everyday role by joining us for a two-day Creative Retreat (typically a Friday and Saturday in Bournemouth). During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in your specific area of study with a range of like-minded media professionals and receive input from academics and guest lecturers. But that’s not all ...

To further complement the knowledge gained from the creative retreat, an additional seven weeks of supported online tuition/support is available; culminating in the submission of a work-based assessed assignment and the award of 20 Master's level credits. Courses can be taken individually or in combination with a tailored selection of other courses from the framework to achieve a recognised postgraduate qualification. Use your credits to build your own tailored Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Master's.

Designed to fit around the work of media professionals, these short courses have attracted applicants from organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Pearson International, FreemantleMediaUK and NESTA, as well as freelancers working in the media and creative industries both in the UK and internationally.

To find out what is scheduled and when, view our upcoming short courses.

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A member of the course team will be pleased to meet with you, or speak with you on the telephone or by Skype, to answer any specific enquiries you may have. Contact us to arrange an informal meeting or chat at a convenient time for you.


Tel: +44 (0)1202 965646

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
Faculty of Media & Communication
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB