The Creative Industries and You

Module code: 5MUSH006W
Faculty: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module aims to link academic and critical thinking to ‘real-world’ creative practices. By researching and critically evaluating an area of the current creative industry, you will undertake a rigorous research and enquiry programme to facilitate a thorough understanding of your chosen disciple. An example of this could be a songwriter recognising the need for both an understanding of the domain and the need to innovate within that domain.

Key areas for critical enquiry include creativity and applied songwriting and composing practices; gender, branding and success in the new music economy; music law and publishing, copyright and forensic musicology; the new music economy – social media; game cultures – writing music for games; interactive audio design; and music journalism.

By the time you complete the module, you will be able to link academic and critical thinking with applicable creative practices, and reflect on vocational aspects of the contemporary music industry using critical thinking. You will also be able to apply curiosity, daring and innovation in seeking out new pathways into employability, and synthesise theoretical understanding and practical evidence into a unified, cogent argument.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and work-based learning, with assessment based on a 10-minute presentation and a 2,000-word essay.