Our online programme is designed to allow you to study without the need to take time out of work. However, our blended modules provide optional short workshop elements for some of the more practical elements. If you intend to work towards a full Masters you will also carry out a research project.
Each distance learning module runs for 14 weeks and is delivered entirely online. Learning material in each weekly unit is made up of; a printable study guide, video lectures and discussions, downloadable podcasts (for listening in the car), guided reading, interactive quizzes, and an online discussion forum. To participate you will need access to broadband that can stream a YouTube video.
Blended Learning is distance learning with workshop elements. Like our distance learning, each blended module run for 14 weeks. Each module split into online and practical units.
The distance learning elements are as described.
Workshop elements are optional and compromise between 2 and 5 days of practical hands-on experience. Bursaries are available to help with travel and dependant care. Get in touch with our team for more information.
Research is a fundamental element of our Masters programme. If you are already employed within the Creative industries sector, you may want to undertake research which is closely aligned to your work and it is crucial that your employer is supportive of both the research aims and the time commitment your proposed research will involve.
Whilst the academic focus will be on your completion of an advanced piece of research, embedding this research within your place of work will provide potential opportunities for innovation within your workplace. We would recommend talking through your ideas with your employer and tutor as soon as you are able to.
If you are not employed in a relevant sector, you may want to complete a desk-based dissertation or to carry out research. Aberystwyth University can host a limited number of students carrying out relevant research projects.
Our modules are designed to be flexible so that you can fit studying around your work and other commitments. We would anticipate students spending approximately 10-15 hours a week per module studying.
If you are working full time we strongly advise against taking more than one module at the same time, at least until you have completed one and are aware of the workload entailed.
There are no exams. Each module contains a combination of practice and assessed assignments. These include tasks such as completing a report as if for a trade journal; reviewing the latest literature, data analysis, essays, process design, digital stories; or on-line presentations. Each module features online learning activities which may be used in contribution to your assessment.