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Creative Digital Media MA

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, animator, digital filmmaker, illustrator, web designer or motion graphics designer, this course will develop your work through innovation, exploration and self-directed study.

This course is designed for ambitious practitioners who are looking to hone their future directions, post graduation, or who are already working in the creative and media industries.

The programme provides an opportunity to work with experienced academics with proven track records in creative practice and the media industries, using state-of-the-art facilities.

It enables you to test and progress your work and ideas informed by cutting-edge, international contexts of digital design and creative practice and by the challenging ethical and theoretical debates surrounding these.

In addition to professional practice, you will also engage with experimental investigation and ethical issues. Modules are designed to encourage innovative practice within individual disciplines and collaboratively across disciplines. In the Independent Study module, you pursue an in-depth exploration of the critical, theoretical, creative and practical aspects within a specialist field. In addition, there is the opportunity to acquire knowledge of entrepreneurial and business skills.

The course will enable you to effectively manage the balance of creativity and technical knowledge, and will develop your production techniques and strategies. Effective research, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of digital media will also be developed.

The course is supported by a central bank of excellent digital media facilities, such as Macintosh computers running industry standard digital media software, and smaller studio spaces for digital media experimentation, research, production and development work. There is a 48 track digital sound recording studio, a digital video production studio with full lighting rig, blue screen technology and multi-camera studio facilities, as well as digital video editing facilities and web servers. 

“I really can’t express how much I have gained from completing the M.A., both personally and from a professional aspect. I now have a clear view of where I want to head with my work in the future.”

Mark Daffin, M.A. Creative Digital Media

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 are now available for UK students. For more information visit our postgraduate loans page


How to Apply

Apply for September 2017 enrolment

Apply full-time
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Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or


International applicants:
If you are an international student, please visit
If you have any questions about the application process for international students, please contact our international team at / +44 (0)1905 542640. We are happy to help.

Portfolio Requirements
What should I include in my portfolio?
We accept a wide variety of media (both digital and traditional) as part of your portfolio submission. Options include:

• Graphic Design
• Photography
• Illustration
• Stills from films / animation
• Character designs and storyboards
• Painting
• Printmaking
• Audio files
• Motion graphics

How should I submit my portfolio?
Please email us your portfolio in a digital format (for example using a file-sharing site such as dropbox or as a web link) at the time of application. We will contact you to arrange an informal interview once we have received your full application. For international and EU students, this could be arranged using Skype.

If you have any questions at all about portfolio requirements, we are very happy to help. Please contact Course Leader David James on

Entry requirements


A first or second-class Honours Degree in a relevant, cognate discipline

Professional qualifications in an appropriate area

Relevant professional experience

All applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will be asked to provide a portfolio

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.


Study options

It is possible to study towards a Masters award (nine modules) or either of the interim awards:

Postgraduate Certificate
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete three modules, which may be all taught or a combination of taught and individual study modules.

Postgraduate Diploma
After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, it is possible to complete a further three modules to achieve the award of Postgraduate Diploma

Get in touch

David James
MA Course Leader & Digital Arts Centre Manager
01905 85 5445

Admissions Office
01905 855111



Successful students would be qualified to seek positions of creative leadership or management in both national and internationally oriented areas of new media, communications and information, including:

Web Design and Development
Graphic Design
Television Production
Opening Sequences and Motion Graphics
Audio and Radio Production
Studio Management
Teaching and Research

Course content


Professional Practice
Ethical Practice
Research for Digital Media
Experimental Practice
Digital Media Practice 1 and 2
Independent Study


Learning, teaching and assessment within the programme has been designed to develop specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to your professional practice in digital media, as well as to enable you to develop academic and transferable skills that will support your creative practice. Your knowledge, skills and approaches will be developed through a variety of learning strategies, including lectures, written assignments, group work, seminars, practical work, and tutorial support.

In keeping with Masters level study, you will be expected to extend your learning through an Independent Study that either combines a range of interests, or focuses on a single topic. Reflective practice is a key element of the learning and teaching strategy and facilitates the integration of both theory and practice. Collectively, academic tutors have extensive professional experience in the digital arts industries (in, for example, Animation, Print and Media Design, Motion Graphics, Web Design, Film-making, Fine Art Practice, Photography, Illustration, Advertising), and the course also hosts visiting speakers from the arts and industry.

Graduate Profiles

Ann Griffiths

Yonghyun Yun

Andrew Robinson

Mark Daffin

Academic department

Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

“I really can’t express how much I have gained from the MA, both personally and from a professional practice aspect. I now have a clear view of where I want my work to go.”


– Mark Daffin, Creative Digital Media Masters graduate


Meet the team

Meet the team

Andrew Stevenson - Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design & Multimedia

Anthony Hunt - Systems Support

David James - Subject Leader

Helen Holmes - Lecturer in Creative Digital Media

Maureen Gamble - Head of Division: Art, Design & Creative Digital Media

Omid Ghanat-Abady - Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Animation

Paul Hazell - Senior Lecturer, Creative Digital Media

Piet Grobler - Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Illustration

Ree Han - Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Graphic Design & Multimedia

Digital Arts Centre

The Digital Arts Centre offers a range of digital media resources in specialist computer suites, visit the Digital Arts Centre webpage to find out more.