Creative Media Start Up MA

Course summary

OverviewThis course is aimed at media graduates with an ambition to create and market their own product or services. This course is ideal for you if you wish to start your own media enterprise.
The course comprises five modules: two media business modules, two creative practice modules and a final project that is expected to achieve a professional standard and be ready for commissioning or financial backing. The course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary creative media that will support and motivate students to realise their professional ambitions.
Why choose this course?MA Creative Media Start Up is very much focused on providing ambitious and enterprise-oriented students with the knowledge and skills to operate as independent production professionals for a range of clients, across a wide range of media outputs and with the agility to adapt to a rapidly evolving media landscape.
The course is designed to produce graduates with advanced skills aligned to a high degree of knowledge of contemporary media markets and business practices that will help them realise their ambition of launching a product, service or their own independent business.
The vast majority of employers across media production have moved away from permanent employment contracts towards a culture of short-term, project-specific contracts that favours freelancers, self-employed contractors and independent producers.
The course modules are designed to progress you from theory through to implementation and provide a substantial bridge between ambition and the actual conditions encountered in the market and in contemporary practices, such as IP development, commissioning and delivery.
The final project expresses this new knowledge by creating a product, service or business plan that is ready to take to market. Our graduates are expected to leave with a project portfolio that is ready for commissioning or financing.
On completing the course you will have acquired a comprehensive and critical understanding of media production work within competitive markets, plus the ability to critically analyse and evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses as independent practitioners.
Tutor Information

This course is run by the London School of Film, Media and Design. Our course team share a passion for creativity in media and related subjects, demonstrating significant international track records within their particular fields.
They are highly experienced at nurturing creative responses from young and more established students, and their input is enhanced by regular talks from high-profile industry speakers - award winning filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and other leading media decision-makers.
Our course team includes:Mike Milne who has over thirty years experience working in television, including twenty years as an executive producer in sports and factual output.
Starting at the BBC (Television), Mike's has worked in independent productions including Cheerleader Productions, Chrysalis Television (now North One), Endemol and IMG. He has been responsible for delivering over 40 high-profile international series, including prominent live sports broadcasts, weekly long-running feature-led formats and fast turnaround factual films.
Mike established and ran production operations in the US and Japan and his clients included a wide range of broadcasters, global sports federations and sponsors. Offering tightly focussed output, Mike also wrote numerous successful competitive tenders and provided comprehensive content and strategy consultancies for rights holders, including the IOC and FIFA.

Other options available for MA Creative Media Start Up

  • Full time - September 2017, Ealing site


Fees for home and EU students

Main feeFees for our 2018 courses have not yet been released.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

MA, MA Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a 2:1 pass at undergraduate level from an appropriate course.

A 2:2 plus a relevant industry portfolio could be considered.

You are welcome to apply even if you don't have any formal qualifications. Your application and portfolio will be considered on its individual merits taking into account your professional, work and life experiences and also your ability to engage with and benefit from the course. You will be required to attend an interview.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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