Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts

Welcome to the Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts where we have been delivering courses in culture, creativity and communication for over forty years. Our aim is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment where students combine academic study, creative practical work and opportunities for reflective, work-based learning. Our students benefit from the division’s links with businesses, professional practitioners, as well as Edinburgh’s unique artistic and cultural organisations, festivals, and events.

We deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are relevant, stimulating, challenging and practical. They aim to provide students with the specialist knowledge, working practices, and high level communication skills that employers look for in graduates. Students are encouraged to challenge conventional assumptions, develop collaborative partnerships, explore their creativity, cultivate resilience and ultimately become ready to engage with their chosen professional careers. Our graduates go on to work in the creative industries, marketing, public relations, events, arts management, and beyond.

Within the division, learning is not limited to the classroom. Opportunities for work-based experiences exist across all of our courses, while students also have access to a range of specialist facilities and resources to support their studies. In addition to a range of production equipment, digital editing suites and post-production facilities, we also have a fully equipped and licensed studio theatre, five rehearsal studios and a costume design workshop. We also have international partnerships in Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the USA and every year a number of our undergraduate students take the opportunity to embark on an overseas exchange.

Our staff team is made up of many dedicated professionals and practitioners, all of whom have strong, current industry connections. Many are actively engaged in research and knowledge exchange, meaning that the content of our courses is up-to-date, thought-provoking and engages with contemporary questions and debates. In 2014, our submission to the Research Excellence Framework, in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, was ranked 1st in Scotland for world leading and internationally excellent publications and 12th in the UK on the same measures.

Head of Division

Dr David Stevenson
Tel: 0131 474 0000

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Film & Media Degree Show at Edinburgh's Filmhouse

Students from Queen Margaret University (QMU) are preparing to put their creative talents in the spo read more

04 July 2018

New digital campaigning master’s

A new course to help filmmakers, PR and communications experts support their organisation’s digital read more

29 May 2018

‘Landmark’ opportunity for QMU students

Thanks to buildings conservation charity The Landmark Trust, six QMU students have had the opportuni read more

12 April 2018 More News

Split Brick Theatre - "Breathing Corpses"

'Of course I felt sorry for her I'm not heartless, I didn’t want her, whoever she is, to end up unde read more

04 - 24 August 2018

Weegie Hink Ae That? - Is That Right Aye?

The Weegies are back! This time with another new Scottish comedy spectacular! After their sold-out r read more

04 - 14 August 2018

Kite In The Storm Theatre - Jumpers for Goalposts

After getting sacked from the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, Viv has a mission: to make five-a- read more

05 - 25 August 2018 More Events

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