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Introduction to the creative and cultural industries: Key issues, theory and practice - TFT00088M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Heather Niven
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module presents cutting-edge research on key sectors of the creative and cultural industries (CCIs), theatre, film, television, digital, music, visual arts, heritage and museums, and publishing. It will offer a critical and analytical platform to discuss contemporary issues affecting the sectors: digitisation, globalisation, sustainability, LGBTQ+ rights, cultural regeneration and decolonisation. It will provide you with the knowledge and practical critical skills to apply to analyses of real-world case studies of CCIs.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to:

• Determine and identify the main sectors and features of a range of creative industries as a phenomenon of contemporary societies

• Critically evaluate the roles and purposes of consumers/audiences, practitioners/professionals, and governments in creative industries environments

• Develop a critical understanding of key issues and developments within creative industries, such as digitisation, sustainability, LGBTQ+ rights, cultural regeneration and

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able:

• To understand the characteristics, contributions and challenges made by the various sectors in the creative and cultural industries.

• To critically engage in theoretical debates, and associated professional practices within the various creative and cultural industries

• To gain a critical overview of the practical engagement of creative industries practitioners, audiences and policy makers in key contemporary issues

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

There will be formative assessments during field trips and during practicals.

Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Davies, S and Sigthorsson (2013) Introducing the Creative Industries: from theory to practice

Harley, J. (2012). Key concepts in creative industries.

Hartley, J (2021) Advanced introduction to creative industries

Jones, C. et al. (2015). The Oxford handbook of creative industries

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