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Cultural Data Management and Communication MA

Cultural Data Management and Communication MA

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Full time | University of Sheffield | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Database Management Cultural Studies Communication Studies

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Course Summary

Explore the ways in which technologies are transforming the human experience. Investigate how digital content and theories are used in culture and heritage, and how digital projects are managed. You'll also have an opportunity to acquire practical training in digital methods and learn how digital products are created.

Course description

If you have a passion for understanding culture and society and a desire to influence digital innovation, this MA is for you.

It will help you better understand the cultural contexts of digital media developments through historical, critical and theoretical perspectives.

Digital culture is about the emergence and use of digital content, networks and technologies - for example, social media, algorithms, online groups, digital images and sounds - and their interactive relationship with the ways culture is created, consumed and altered.

The very nature of digital culture means users don’t just receive it, they interact with it and are influenced by it. For example:

Whose voices are present or absent online and how that relates to inequality
How personal and group identities are expressed in the digital world and how this affects identity
The degree that digital objects emerge from our culture and cause changes to it

You’ll also learn how digital content is used to represent human culture and society in the past and present, such as ancient documents, artefacts and environments as well as present-day social media, digital arts and virtual worlds.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.


This module examines project management in the context of developing data products and digital performances. Data products might be websites, databases, information services, apps, or virtual environments which use cultural content. Digital performances might include drama, dance, music, art, video or digital exhibitions in which the practices and/or the outputs are digital. You'll learn the skills and tools necessary to manage the design, planning and execution of a digital project, including: developing ideas for products and performances; understanding user requirements; developing specifications for design teams; planning; managing risk; choosing the best design and development methodology. You'll have the opportunity to work in groups to invent your own product or performance and develop a project plan during the module.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject, such as history, music, archaeology, languages and cultures, English, philosophy, sociology and information studies.