You’ve chosen your career. Now take it to the next level. Our Build Your Own MA offers you a range of learning modules to suit your individual circumstances and career goals. These modules provide highly specialised yet flexible training for both experienced and aspiring media professionals.
“…a true revolution in postgraduate education.”
Build Your Own MA (BYOMA) is an exciting new programme from Ravensbourne that offers expert, flexible and accredited professional development.
The programme is designed to meet rapidly evolving skills needs in the media industry and to respond to demand for continuous professional development that counts towards a recognised, accredited qualification. BYOMA is delivered by industry professionals and experienced academics, in association with Creative Skillset.
BYOMA’s flexible and customisable structure of individual learning modules allows busy industry professionals the chance to combine their practice with a world-class postgraduate education.
Each module will normally involve a two-day intensive learning session at Ravensbourne on a Friday and Saturday. You will also carry out further online assignments and work-based projects.
Once you’ve completed your module, you’ll be awarded a specific number of academic credits. You can then take further modules at Ravensbourne or indeed at any of the UK’s other Creative Skillset Media Academies.
If you choose to, you can build up your credits to achieve either a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Masters degree in Professional Media Practice* (180 credits)
Please note, for the Masters degree, 120 credits will need to have been gained through accredited course attendance and by completing appropriate assignments. The remaining 60 credits will be earned through the successful completion of your final project.
*subject to meeting the admissions criteria for the award.
“Ravensbourne teaching was of a very high standard – meeting and working with tutors from the media industry was particularly relevant in helping our understanding. Our wide-ranging discussions were very informative.”
|Ravensbourne||Dates at Ravensbourne10.00 – 17.00||Credits/Fee|
|Animation and Motion Graphics||4 and 5 July 2013||20 credits £800|
|Career Direction and Development||3 and 4 October 2013||10 credits £550|
|Developing Rich Web Applications||7 and 8 November 2013||10 credits £550|
|Harnessing the Potential of Open Communities through Social Media||4 and 5 July 2013||20 credits £800|
|Interactive Media Production||6 and 7 March 2014||20 credits £800|
|Optimising and Compression for Multiple Platforms||16 and 17 May 2013||20 credits £800|
|Management in the Creative Industries||1 and 2 August 2013||20 credits £800|
|Pitching in a Connected Media Landscape||5 and 6 September 2013||10 credits £550|
|Professional Editing and Post Production Workflows||2 and 3 May 2013||20 credits £800|
|Protecting and Monetising IP||6 and 7 March 2014||20 credits £800|
|21st Century Marketing||1 and 2 August 2013||20 credits £800|
|Technology Issues – Introduction to 3D Printing||5 and 6 December 2013||20 credits £800|
|Transmedia Storytelling||9 and 10 January 2014||20 credits £800|
|User Experience||6 and 7 June 2013||20 credits £800|
MA/MSc Professional Media Practice course list – 2013-1014: download & print pdf
Enrolment deadlines and conditions
To apply, you need to complete the MA application form (the link to download a form is at the top of this page) and submit this to Ravensbourne’s admissions department (details are on the form).
The modules for the MA Professional Media Practice course will run twice a year: from October to December; and from April to June. The deadlines for the autumn modules is 31 July, and for the spring modules, the deadline is 31 January.
Modules will run subject to enrolment numbers. We will confirm if a module will run within one week of the deadline when full payment for the module will be due. Joining instructions and the start date will be supplied once payment has been received.
The courses are delivered via a series of face- to-face practical sessions that are designed to fit around your existing work commitments. Each module will normally involve a two-day intensive learning session at Ravensbourne, which will usually take place on a Friday and Saturday, to ensure there is minimal disruption if you are working full-time.
In order to obtain sufficient credits for the training to count towards the Build Your Own MA programme, you will also need to carry out further online assignments and work-based projects.
You are required to own or have access to a laptop from the beginning of your studies. Laptops are an essential tool to support personalised learning and give you access, when and where you want it, to many of the creative tools and educational resources you will encounter during your studies.
Laptops are used extensively in all of our courses. You will need one to access our network, and to research, communicate and collaborate during your studies.
Ravensbourne offers a series of industry-led courses, which enable participants to accumulate credits in advanced study to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and, in due course, an MA or MSc.
In order to be awarded the MA/MSc in Professional Media Practice from Ravensbourne, learners must accrue a total of 180 credits, which must include a 60 credit major work-based project, a 30 credit research unit and a 10 credit career direction and development unit.
You can also accrue credits from modules undertaken at any of the other 12 participating Creative Skillset Media Academies. In order to be awarded the final MA/MSc qualification from Ravensbourne, a minimum of 100 credits must have been accrued through courses studied at Ravensbourne.
Click here for the full programme specification.