One of my greatest joys recently has been working with our team at Regent’s University London to develop and create our new MA in Media and Digital Communications.
We have worked with students, listening closely to their needs and to what they want to learn. We have consulted with industry – ranging from leading experts from Google and Clear Channel to smaller innovative entrepreneurs. And we have worked with inspiring academics who specialize in all things digital – including culture, audiences, transmedia, future studies, interactive film making, among many other areas of expertise.
We have learned that students want choice and strong skills that will give them clear advantages in the world. We have learned that skill sets are changing and that we need to think about preparing future graduates for jobs that might not yet exist, and in order to do that, they need to be able to problem-solve, communicate, and collaborate, and most of all they need to understand, foresee and adapt to change.
In order to meet all of these needs, we established four core modules focused on concepts and methodologies designed for understanding, analyzing, and communicating complex social phenomenon, as related to media, digital culture, and communications. These modules provide the best tools for real world problem solving.
Students are able to exercise choice through a wide range of electives (including global media, transmedia storytelling, emerging technologies, love in a digital age, and others), as well as choosing their final assessment – whether that is a more research-based dissertation, creative project, or placement.
The process has been long, involving hundreds of drafts, many late nights, and many meetings, but it has also involved working with many inspiring people on contemporary topics that matter.
Watch this space for more to come on our advisory board and spotlights on staff and their modules!