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About the course

Build your knowledge of the commercial aspects of the creative industries. Solent’s innovative MA Media Arts Management focuses on the various forces shaping the media and cultural industries. You’ll also explore how political, economic, social, legal and technological frameworks have a direct influence.

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of management and administrative functions to enable effective management within the sector. You’ll also delve into the challenges facing managers and executives working within the creative industries.

Financial planning and marketing communications are key elements of the curriculum. You’ll explore financial and accounting practices and how they can be applied to an artistic environment. You’ll also be introduced to the marketing mix and the many traditional and emerging mediums for reaching your target audiences.

The final major project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in the areas of organisation and project management, research, critical thinking and analysis in a related area of particular interest to you.

The course’s commercial focus within the context of the media industry makes it accessible to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. This includes graduates from media-related or business-related degrees. Professionals already working within the media industry who wish to build upon their existing knowledge are also invited to apply.

Studying in Southampton means you'll be learning in a vibrant city with a thriving cultural community. The city’s new Cultural Quarter, which is right on the University’s doorstep, sits at the heart of this. The Quarter is a creative hub offering museums, performance space, concert venues, and art galleries, including Solent’s own Showcase Gallery.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Learn how to apply the fundamentals of financial planning, marketing communications and administrative management to organisations within the media industry.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well-equipped to take on managerial and executive positions, such as marketing manager, press officer, or social media account executive roles, within all sizes of media and arts organisations.  

Who is this course for?

The course will suit candidates interested in the business-end of the media and culture industries. The course is ideal for graduates from a both a production and a ‘studies’ background. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,160
International full-time fees: £12,875
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,580 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a relevant discipline

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Media and Cultural Policy
  • Financial Planning and Management in the Creative Industries
  • Media Arts Administration and Management
  • Marketing Communications


  • Dissertation or Major Work Based Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Russell White academic profile Russell White Head of Subject View profile
James Hannam academic profile James Hannam Senior Lecturer View profile
Roy Hanney academic profile Roy Hanney Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Joyce academic profile Mark Joyce Senior Lecturer View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wifi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Graduates will be well-equipped to pursue managerial and executive positions within the cultural industries.

Your future

Graduates will be well-equipped to take on managerial and executive positions, such as marketing manager, press officer, or social media account executive, within all sizes of media and arts organisations.  

Industry links

Students in the School of Media Arts and Technology benefit from the strong industry links developed by academic staff. Many of Solent’s media-related courses have an active guest speaker programme, with presentations from experts sharing insights from all areas of the industry.

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