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MA Creative & Media Education (Online)

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For September 2017 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2017 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

This innovative course is designed for teachers of creative and media subjects, at all levels in schools, further education and higher education. It is also suitable for those in relevant educational support and development roles who want to develop their knowledge and skills in one or more creative media disciplines. MA Creative & Media Education aims to provide you with knowledge and skills relating both to current debates and practices in the creative industries, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The course consists of regular individual tutorials, both face-to-face and online, as well as one intensive, two-day residential each term. The residentials typically feature master classes with leading figures from media education, together with skills workshops, enabling you to produce a range of learning resources for the classroom, and to develop your skills in areas such as interactive media (Flash, Dreamweaver), design (Photoshop, InDesign) and broadcast production (camera, editing).

You will join a community of creative researchers, sharing good practice and working collaboratively to address common issues around media education. The time you spend at work therefore contributes to the requirements of the course and what you learn immediately feeds into your teaching practice.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


18 months

Relevant subjects:

2D Visual Art, advertising, 3D Visual Art, computer games, radio, music, graphic design, photo imaging, interactive media, film, animation, publishing, television

Entry requirements:

We are looking for teachers, college lecturers, and others in relevant educational support and development roles, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

The course consists of the following five units, each of which takes place over one school term and commences with a 2-day residential in Bournemouth.


  • Industry: This unit aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the current state of the creative and media industries, and is informed by analysis of the evolution of the industry, identifying key events which led to change whilst considering the impact of these changes on audience behaviour, distribution practices and production processes today. In doing so, you will also critically examine the impact of your new knowledge on your teaching practices. Some recent topics explored through this unit include: digitalisation, creativity, a teaching guide to media regulation and being creative within copyright law. 

  • Production practice: This unit will give you the opportunity to produce a media artefact and to contextualise this experience within your own teaching practices. Some recent topics explored through during this unit include: a video introduction to realism in computer games and postmodernism in action. 

  • Pedagogy: This unit will require you to identify and critically evaluate emerging issues in the teaching of creative and media subjects. You will develop your ability to apply and extend your knowledge of relevant pedagogic theory through the evaluation of appropriate literature and through action inquiry or another appropriate research methodology. Some recent topics explored through during this unit include: Pedagogy, validity of peer and self-assessment processes and immersive learning project. 

  • Major Project Validation and Defence: This unit will require you to identify and describe an area of your own professional practice which you consider to be problematic, and to research good practice and likely future developments in that area. Some recent topics explored through during this unit include: promoting creativity in media studies and across the curriculum and a mobile learning strategy for CAD Software training.

  • Exhibition: The aim of this unit is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of current developments in media pedagogy, your ability to research and implement solutions to current problems, and in particular your ability to identify, research and provide solutions to significant future challenges. You will communicate this through an exhibition presented to a selected audience of peers and other stake holders. The exhibition will enable you to demonstrate and reflect upon the significant learning journey you have undertaken. Some recent topics explored through during this unit include: putting theory into practice in a virtual learning environment, creative and media education and exhibition: immersive and participatory learning.

The dates for these units are as follows:

Friday 15th - Saturday 16th September 2017: UNIT1 'Creative Media Contexts' Residential

Friday 12th - Saturday 13th January 2018: UNIT2 'Creative Media Practices' Residential

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th May 2018: UNIT3 'Creative Media Pedagogies' Residential

Friday 14th - Saturday 15th September 2018: UNIT4 & 5 'Major Project' and 'Exhibition' Residential

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MA Creative and Media Education.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

How to apply

If you would like to study for a postgraduate qualification, you can apply directly to Bournemouth University (BU) using our online application form. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages. 

Awaiting exam results

If you are awaiting results for examinations (including IELTS) or have not yet taken them, you can still apply. You just need to indicate clearly on your application when you are taking your exams and when you will obtain your results.

Providing evidence of qualifications

Please do not send original transcripts along with your application, we only require copies to assess applications. Should you be successful in your application, you will need to present your original documents at enrolment. We will not be held liable for loss of original documentation sent during the admissions process.

Additional information

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