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Digital Media Arts (MA)

Course Description

About the course

- Digital Media Arts provides an opportunity to study one or more digital specialisms including video, kinetics, animation, games, photography, social and interactive media.

- Experiment and explore emerging technologies and develop innovative and effective combinations of practices and media.

- Develop high-level skills in your chosen specialisms or areas of interest supported by expert tutors.

- Project-based work where the emphasis is on the creative, informed application of new technologies and devices to produce compelling user experiences.

- You will be able to produce a substantial self-initiated digital media project supported by excellent resources and expertise.

- A great choice if you were considering the MA Interactive Media or Screen Cultures which are no longer running

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/digital-media-arts2

Why choose this course?

Digital Media are everywhere in the modern world, affecting all aspects of our lives, our work, leisure and social and personal relationships. The MA Digital Media Arts award allows students to gain practical experience and knowledge of the ways that a range of contemporary digital media are produced and used, both alone and in combination. Working in one or more specialisms which can include video, kinetics, animation, games, photography, social and interactive media, students are encouraged to experiment with combinations of media through digital ‘sketches’ and then, through developing more extended works informed by their individual interests, to pursue a substantial, practical enquiry into an original creative application of digital media in a major project.

Students typically explore areas such as interactive advertising, responsive objects and environments, networked information and social-media systems, interactive video, live performance technology and digital art installations.


Interactive Advertising production, Digital strategists, Multimedia producers for TV and Radio, Installation designers for Museums and public information systems, Games development, VJ for live performances, Digital Activism, User Experience innovators, digital entrepreneurs.

Teaching methods

The course is delivered through a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials by an expert, specialist, teaching team. As a Digital Media Arts student, you will produce a range of practical projects and gain skills in a variety of technologies and systems while at the same time developing your knowledge of current developments and practices across the digital media field. For your master’s degree project, you will specify and then produce a substantial digital media artefact which reflects your own interests and career plans. We particularly encourage experimentation and cross-disciplinary projects including those that seek to redefine the ambitions, functions and social organisations that digital media can support. During the course, some students will participate in selected undergraduate technical classes in addition to their masters study so that they can update or develop specific skills. Professional, theoretical and critical skills are also taught alongside the technical and design content through the use of academic blogs and presentations.

All students on this programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Work Placement

There are work related learning opportunities on this course.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/digital-media-arts2#how-to-apply

Visit the Digital Media Arts (MA) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience in a digital media area or a strong interest in one or more areas of digital media combined with an honours degree (2:2 or above) in an unrelated area. Accreditation of professional experience may be possible for practitioners without a first degree.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £7,700, Part time £645 per module; International Students: Full time £12,500

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