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Course content

While digital technology plays a significant role in all our postgraduate provision, this programme provides the opportunity to focus on developing a high level of digital expertise in your chosen area.

Course details

Digital practice lies at the heart of this course. It builds your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their application, as well as your specialist expertise in your chosen area of digital art or design practice. You are encouraged to work in collaboration with others where appropriate.

What you study

In stage 1 you undertake professional skills development to build your digital expertise and skills in research. Stage 2 culminates in a feasibility study for a negotiated major project. Stage 3 enables you to complete your major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Creative Interaction
  • Professional Skills
  • Project Realisation
  • Research and Development

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This programme is structured to enable you to build progressively on your knowledge and experience. 

At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, engaging with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of your discipline.

Teaching and learning is a student-centred, activity-based process which integrates the content, sequence and development of student learning. You develop your knowledge, skills and practice – we match this with appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Our methods, and the philosophy behind them, are under constant review and appraisal to ensure they remain relevant, rigorous and progressive. 

We use a variety of methods including tutorials, seminars and workshops – this enables key learning principles to be applied to your day-to-day interactions. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. Research is an intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects. 

Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles.

  • We enable active and co-operative learning.
  • We provide flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context.
  • Our resources match programme outcomes and needs.
  • Practical workshops introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment methods throughout the modules, as specified in the module handbooks. These are in-course assessments, where you submit work during the module, rather than sit timed exams at the end.

The modules are generally project based and primarily assessed by appraising your portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Design work is largely developmental – you are assessed on the process you use to achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.


Career opportunities

As a graduate you have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment requiring specialist digital knowledge and skills.

Visit the Digital Arts and Design MA page on the Teesside University website for more details!




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