MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice - HKU SPACE: Media & Communication, Arts Management courses
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MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

Awarded by
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
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Start Date
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16 months
Course Fee
HK$130,500 per programme

MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice is a unique programme that explores contemporary media and communications alongside the cultural and creative industries. Work-place learning forms an integral part of this programme, which makes it very suitable for media professionals or career conversion.

With its emphasis on transforming media and cultural practices, the programme offers a broad approach that spans different sectors. More specifically, it is designed for postgraduate students considering a career in the media, culture or media arts industries, or those who want to work in research and education in such areas. 


The MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice programme aims to: 

  • contextualise media and cultural production and consumption within critical theoretical frameworks;
  • develop research skills, knowledge and techniques for academic and professional application, career opportunities and enhancement;
  • equip you with the methods to develop theoretical analyses of specific media and cultural products, institutions and practices;
  • develop your capacity for self-reflexivity, problem-solving, analysis and evaluation through both theoretical engagement and practical application; and
  • equip you with knowledge and frameworks to conduct a self-directed major research project that reflects academic rigour, original treatment and the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of cultural production and cultural practice.

Programme Highlights

  • Face-to-face teaching by research-active staff with extensive industry experience from London College of Communication, a world-leading centre for teaching and research in communication, design and media
  • A blend of theory, practice and collaborative engagement, with a strong focus on the global creative industries and involvement of specialist guest lecturers from the industry in Hong Kong and China
  • Exploring diverse media and cultural forms and practices, and acquiring a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and developments in media, cultural and communication studies
  • Aiming at producing graduates with a substantial experience of professional media practices and transferable creative and critical skills for progression onto relevant employment or research


MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice is a unique programme that explores contemporary media and communications alongside the cultural and creative industries. Work-place learning forms an integral part of this programme, suitable for media professionals or career conversion.

This programme, with its emphasis on transforming media and cultural practices, offers a broad approach that spans different sectors. It has been designed for postgraduate students considering a career in the media, culture or media arts industries, or those who want to work in research and education in these areas. You will be introduced to a dynamic mix of theoretical and critical approaches to the media, including the history and development of media and culture in different contexts.

You will learn about how content is produced and consumed in the new multi-platform and digitalised media environment. In addition you will gain practical experience and benefit from a programme of visiting lecturers. Many of them are industry professionals with first-hand experience of working in different areas of the media.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, you will: 

  • critically evaluate cultural production and communication within a theoretical framework that encapsulates the relationship between creative practices and the market/ audience/ receiver;
  • utilise and apply a broad range of research strategies to a variety of different projects in a diverse range of professional and academic formats;
  • analyse and critically engage with theoretical perspectives, evaluate contemporary discourses on the subject area, and apply theoretical understandings of media and cultural production to a wide range of case studies;
  • engage in critical self-reflection and peer review, using evaluative and communication skills;
  • conduct a rigorously planned and academically informed self-directed major research project, demonstrating a high level of critical analysis; and
  • critically engage with professional and related practice in media, creative and cultural industries, locating these industries in their social and economic contexts and demonstrating a critically reflective approach to work in these industries.


Application Code 1845-DP090A -

  • The programme can be completed in 16 months.

    Students will take three modules in Semester One. There are a number of clear thematic connections between the modules, which provide a sound theoretical framework for the work undertaken in Semesters Two and Three. Connections between media theory and practice begin to be explored, particularly in Media, Culture and Economy, and these modules also provide a platform from which to begin the independent learning crucial to Master's level study.

    The modules in Semester Two and Three build on the work you have completed in Semester One. Students will take Media, Mobility and Culture which involves the development of a practice-based project. In Professional Industry Practice you will find (with the help of a supervisor) and undertake a work placement or internship and write a critical, reflective report based on this experience. Alternatively, you can write a research report on a relevant area of the media and creative industries, and you will also engage in a collaborative project with an external partner.

    Alongside these modules you will begin a programme of research skills training lectures, workshops and tutorials and continue with dedicated practitioner-led sessions. 
  • United Learning Centre
  • United Centre / Admiralty Centre*
    *Upon the availability of classrooms, classes and examinations may be held in other Learning Centres.
  • Lecturers from London College of Communication and HKU SPACE
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

The entire programme comprises six modules (180 credits in total), to be completed in just16 months. 

Semester Month Module Title Credit
Semester 1 Sep - Jan Media, Culture and Economy 20
    Analysing Contemporary Media 20
    Professional Industry Practice 20
  Feb Professional Industry Practice (cont'd)  
Semester 2 Mar-Aug Collaborative Unit 20
    ​Media, Mobility and Culture 40
    Major Project 60
Semester 3 Sep-Dec Major Project (cont'd)

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Teaching Mode

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, visits as well as collaborative work and self-directed research projects.

Teaching will take the form of face-to-face block teaching (usually over a long weekend) by LCC faculty in Hong Kong, and be supplemented by face-to-face seminars and tutorials led by HKU SPACE academic staff and local industry practitioners. 

This mode of learning supports those of you who are already established in your careers, and who may be travelling from afar to join the programme.


Work you do on the programme is assessed informally (formative assessment) and formally (summative assessment), according to the learning outcomes for each module. Assessment can be staff-led or peer-to-peer. Feedback is normally given in an Assessment Form that maps the learning outcomes against Marking Criteria.

In order to complete the programme you must receive a passing mark for all pieces of work that are summatively assessed.

Forms of Assessment at UAL

There are two principal forms of assessment:

Formative assessment takes place through critiques and Personal Tutorials, and is primarily intended to provide you with effective feedback and guidance on your development, helping you to learn more effectively.

Summative assessment is the summation of the assessment activity that has taken place during the Module, and results in a recommended mark for your achievement. It is carried out by at least two members of staff, normally tutors who have taught the Module you have studied and is used:

  • to determine whether you have satisfactorily achieved all the Learning Outcomes of the Module;
  • to judge the level at which you have achieved the Learning Outcomes i.e. the recommended letter grade.


Upon completion of all six modules, students will be awarded the Master of Arts in Media, Communications and Critical Practice degree from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

You will have to pass all modules to gain the MA. However, your award classification is based on your achievement in Module 6 (Major Project) only. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be well suited to careers in the media, communications or creative industries as well as further research.

Previous students have gained placements at London institutions such as the Tate Modern, Arts Catalyst, The British Council, Film London and the BBC. Alumni have gone on to work for BBC factual programming, the British Council, branding consultancies, and to PhD study.

Financial Assistance

Students are eligible to apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Hong Kong Government Student Finance Office (SFO). The maximum amount of the financial assistance under ENLS is the total tuition fee(s) payable in the 2019/20 academic year. A life-time loan limit is imposed on each student eligible for receiving loans under the ENLS. The loan limit will be price-adjusted annually in accordance with the Composite Consumer Price Index. The life-time loan limit is HK$372,700 for the 2019/20 academic year.

For details, students should refer to ENLS website: 

University of the Arts London Alumni Scholarship

Any UAL alumnus enrolled to the programme will be offered a scholarship of HK$6,000 in his or her first year of study.


Any holder of a sub-degree, degree or postgraduate qualification obtained in HKU SPACE or an applicant with proven academic or professional records in arts, culture or media, if successfully enrolled to the programme, will be offered an award of HKD6,000 in his or her first year of study. The number of awards is subject to the decision made by the Selection Committee.

The UAL Scholarship and HKU SPACE award can be granted simultaneously. Please contact the MA Programme Team for details when submitting an application.


Successful applicants will be notified of the application result and will receive a letter of acceptance. Applicants will have to present the Payment Notification Form upon payment of tuition fee at any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

Candidate Selection

We would consider candidates who:

  • come from a variety of backgrounds including but not limited to humanities, social sciences, media, journalism and design, and who see the need to develop their interests in a specific area of cultural production or practice; or
  • wish to change direction professionally or extend their experience through theoretical interrogations of the field.


Applicants who plan to study in Hong Kong should submit an application directly to HKU SPACE

Selection for interview will be through the submission of a Personal Statement (300 words) addressing why you are applying for the programme. 

If you need further advice on entry requirements, please contact our Programme Team,

When to apply

Please note that this programme begins in September. Places are limited, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. To speed up the process, you should submit all the required documents and statement along with your application. You are encouraged to send us your resume for early assessment.

Applicants may be required to ‘attend’ a Skype/Telephone interview

Additional Notes to Non-Hong Kong Resident Applicants

To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependants, who do not need prior approval before taking up full-time and part-time studies.  Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies. It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements. Admission to a HKU SPACE academic programme/course does not guarantee the issue of a student visa. Applicants may wish to note that part-time courses are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes except for self-financed, part-time locally accredited taught postgraduate programmes awarded within the HKU System through HKU SPACE.

Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, Arts and Visual Studies, or other academic disciplines awarded by a recognised institution.

Applicants with qualifications from a university or comparable institution within/ outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or assessment is not English are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain a score of 7.0 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test). Please contact the Programme Admission Team directly via email at if you have further questions.

Relevant disciplines and professional fields include:

- art and design - applied art - television and video production
- film studies - theatre studies - museum studies or curatorship
- dance - new media - media and cultural studies
- journalism - business studies - humanities

Exemption and Credit Transfer

Graduates of Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critiqueare now eligible to apply for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice offered by the University of the Arts London at HKU SPACE, with an exemption of 60 credits, out of the total 180 credits. Upon the articulation arrangement, students will only be required to complete 3 units (120 credits) in the programme for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice qualification.

Applicants may also request exemption from attending specific modules on the basis of postgraduate work they completed at an accredited institution. Exemption however may not entail any transfer of credit.

Application Fee

HK$300 (This application fee will be waived for applicants who attend the consultation session.)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$130,500 per programme

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Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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The School (and its respective employees and subsidiaries) is not liable for any loss or damage in connection with any online payments made by you by reason of (i) any failure, delay, interruption, suspension or restriction of the transmission of any information or message from any payment gateways of the relevant banks and/or third party merchants for processing credit/debit/smart card or other payment facilitation mechanism; (ii) any negligence, mistake, error in or omission from any information or message transmitted from the said payment gateways; (iii) any breakdown, malfunction or failure of those gateways in effecting online payment service or (iv) anything arisen out of or in connection with the said payment gateways, including but not limited to unauthorised access to or alternation of the transmission of data or any unlawful act not permitted by the law.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.

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University of the Arts London (UAL) brings together, in a single federated structure, six of the most famous art and design colleges in the world. It comprises Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication (LCC) and Wimbledon College of Arts. Each has its own distinct approach, its own national and international reputation and its own established links with professional and cultural bodies. With a combined student population of approximately 26,000 and a global network of over 200,000 alumni, UAL is one of the world’s largest academic centres for art, design and communication.

UAL is not only a centre of excellence in practice-based learning, but also a leading research university. UAL has been placed in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It is a top 5 research university in its braoder peer group and first in the power ranking in the Art and Design: Histroy, Practice and Theory category.

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