Our MA in Culture Industry will allow you to explore the interface between contemporary economics and culture, from the scale of a start-up or artwork to that of governmental policy, a city, or the global marketplace. It will also provide the approaches in critical and theoretical analysis that will enable you to conduct further academic research in areas ranging from art history to urban studies and critical theory.
Taking full advantage of the UK’s leading role in the creative industries, and London’s status as a world city, this course creates opportunities for you to:
- make projects
- go on field trips
- do placements
- carry out academic learning and research
- meet leading creative practitioners and theorists
This will give you first-hand experience of the fast moving creative economy, as well as giving you indispensable skills in understanding that economy from a cultural, philosophical and political standpoint.
Engage with the cultural sector
Placements are student-led and supported by the research and organisational network of the course leaders. Students on the MA in Culture Industry have undertaken placements at the BBC, Stephen Graham Gallery, White Cube gallery, SHAPE Arts, Chinatown Oral History Project, Maximum Rock n Roll, the British Council, Black Dog Publishing, Resonance FM, Glasgow Biennale, London Architecture Week, Glastonbury Festival, London Film Festival, the British Museum, South Bank Centre, Grizedale Arts, the Japan Foundation, the London Anime and Gaming Con, and Sound and Music.
Our students’ projects are very diverse, and have included exhibitions, publications, websites, photographic projects, market stalls, travel guides, films, novels, app prototypes, ethnographies, and community resource projects.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Marina Vishmidt
Modules & structure
|Practices of the Culture Industry||30 credits|
|MA in Culture Industry Major Placements / Major Projects / Dissertation||60 credits|
|Research Lab||Supports projects, placements and dissertation|
Recommended option modules
You take option modules to the value of 30 credits from a list of available Media modules.
Essays; project report and documentation/placement report and documentation; research lab participation.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We are ranked:
1st in the UK for the quality of our research* Joint 1st in the UK for effective teaching** 8th in the world for communication and media studies***
Media and Communications
We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.
The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.
We also run EastLondonLines.co.uk – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.
And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.
Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- Theodor W Adorno, The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture, London: Routledge Classics, 2005
- Franco “Bifo” Berardi, The Soul at Work, Cambridge MA; MIT Press, 2009
- Bernadette Corporation, Reena Spaulings, LA: Semiotexte, 2004
- Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells, London: Verso, 2012
- Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, Evil Media, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2012
- Olga Goriunova, Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012
- Isabelle Graw, High Price, Sternberg Press, 2010
- David Harvey, Rebel Cities, London: Verso, 2012
- Robert Hewison, Cultural Capital, London: Verso, 2014
- Grant H Kester, The One and The Many, USA: Duke University Press, 2011
- Thorbjorn Knudsen, Marcus Becker, Richard Swedberg, The Entrepreneur: Classic Texts by Joseph A. Schumpeter, Stanford Business Books, 2011
- Rem Koolhaas ‘Junkspace’, October, Vol. 100, Obsolescence (2002), pp. 175-190
- Scott Lash and Celia Lury, Global Culture Industry, Cambridge: Polity, 2006
- Maurizio Lazzarato, ‘Immaterial Labour’, in Radical Thought in Italy, Paolo Virno and Michael Hardt (eds), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996
- Angela McRobbie, British Fashion Design, Routledge, 1998
- Angela McRobbie, Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries, forthcoming, Polity Press, 2015
- Andrew Ross, No Collar, the Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, New York: Basic Books, 2003
- Richard Sennet, The Craftsman, London: Penguin, 2009
- Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, LA: Semiotext(e), 2012
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at upper least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
Applicants are encouraged to submit by 31 May, though applications after this date may still be considered to start the following September if spaces are still available.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
If you're applying for funding you may be subject to an application deadline.
Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.
Find out more about applying.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Find out more about tuition fees.
Additional programme costs
Please note that this programme involves fieldtrips in the London area and you will be expected to pay your own local transport costs. Students undertaking placements will need to cover their own travel to the placement site and any other associated costs. Students engaged in project work will also need to cover any associated travel and materials.