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.

QMU in the top 6 in Drama, Dance and Cinematics in the Complete University Guide 2021

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.

QMU is in the top 2 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport and Travel (includes International Hospitality and Tourism Management, Events Management, and Public Relations, Marketing and Events courses) (Source: NSS 2020)

QMU is in the top 2 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport and Travel

Acting Head of Division

John Dean
Tel: 0131 474 0000

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Fife College and QMU launch innovative Creative Enterprise degree

Fife College has launched an innovative new undergraduate degree, which will help creative students read more

10 June 2020

Two QMU Arts students awarded British Council Venice Fellowships

Two students from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, will have the opportunity to live, wor read more

13 February 2020

New master’s course designed to support Scotland as a leader in engaging communities in the arts

A new master’s programme at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, will address the growing int read more

13 January 2020 More News

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Live or Alive: A Reflection on Performance Practice in Pandemic (Digital) Times

There is widespread evidence that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought many in the performing arts c read more

17 July 2020

Lockdown Photography: Challenges and Opportunities

Photographers love a challenge and what better than an opportunity to document the impact of a world read more

17 June 2020

The art of remotely ‘coming together’

The world is suddenly online: and the use of screen-based communication has increased exponentially: read more

14 May 2020