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MSc Digital Media

Course Description

Why take this course?

If you have a background in computing and wish to develop your knowledge and progress in the area of creative digital technologies, this course is ideal.

It considers the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of media production and offers specialised topic choices for you to tailor the course to your personal strengths and future career plans.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Get to grips with the cutting-edge, industry-standard software housed in our computer and multimedia laboratories
Use our purpose-made TV studios and photographic studios to build and test your digital creations
Have the opportunity to engage in a real-world, client-based problem in order to develop portfolio pieces

What opportunities might it lead to?

From the web and computer games, to mobile technologies and social media, digital consumerism continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and internationally. This course provides expertise in digital media production and will enable you to find employment in a range of creative industry roles which incorporate the design and use of new media technologies.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Computer game development
Multimedia production
Graphics and video editing
Digital video film-making

Module Details

On this course we emphasise the implementation, evaluation and reflection of subject-related issues, whilst building creative and technical visual computing expertise. It provides you with the opportunity to research a unique aspect of the use of digital media.

Here are the units you will study:

Professional, Academic and Research Development: This is a taught unit covering planning and managing development projects.

Graphics Applications and Creative Technologies: explore the production of three-dimensional graphics and their relevance to digital media applications, such as animation, interactive applications and the post-production stages of generating media composites and digital effects. The unit develops the technical, creative and cognitive skills required to create three-dimensional assets, such as modelling, texturing and animation, and demonstrate proficiency and professionalism in their construction.

Masters Application of Creative Technologies: This project unit offers you the opportunity to apply the taught material from the earlier stages of the course in the solution of a client led practical, creative, or research problem directly related to Digital Media. It also supports you to enhance your technical and intellectual skills in research methods, scholarship and critical analysis, as well as the consideration of the professional issues related to your work.

Web Asset and Application Development: this unit will prepare you for creating, editing and publishing digital media content with specific reference to the web, both on PC and mobile devices. You will build digital assets that will be deployed as part of an interactive, dynamic website aligned with the latest trends in web development.

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You will experience a variety of teaching through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions and project work.

Assessment is 100% coursework based which will be a combination of individual projects and group projects.

Visit the MSc Digital Media page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Si Qiao

210.jpg Si Qiao is from China and completed an MSc in Digital Media. He is now a Project Manager for Avi Studios, a recently formed Audio/Visual production company.
I always knew my artwork was special but it was during an exhibition I had whilst doing my foundation degree that I realised my pictures needed something else - they needed to move!
My first piece of animation involved over 500 hand drawn pictures. It was a basket ball bouncing and it lasted for 47 seconds but took me four months to create. It was my dedication that helped me get a place on the undergraduate course in Computer Animation.
After completing my degree I spent some time working for the prestigious Animotion Studios in Bristol, which was a fantastic experience. Working for a large organisation showed me how much there was to running a studio and I became interested in knowing more.
I had a good grounding in animation but in order to broaden my skills I chose to do the Masters in Digital Media. It's totally changed my aspirations. I used to want to work for a large studio specialising in 3D animation, now I want to have my own company someday.
Doing the MSc has helped me realise I have talents in areas I hadn't considered before, such as project management. Managing projects for a studio means seeing clients, organising the budget, timescales and production etc. It's very much in the real world. I'm putting into practice the theory I learned on the course every day.
I still love creating art and I always will. I get involved in creating the storyboards at the studio because I'm quick and I'm good. Art is my passion but at work now I'm looking at the bigger picture.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a Computing or Information Technology subject or an art-based subject with a significant information technology component, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Last Updated

14 November 2016

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