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MA New Media

Course Description


Smartphones and tablets, gaming algorithms or social media – new media are changing the way we live, work and communicate. This programme gives you an understanding of the impact of digital technologies on society as well as practical design and production skills.

If you don’t already have skills in web, game and mobile app design, web development or animation, you’ll have the chance to develop these or build on your own experience. You’ll gain an understanding of the social, cultural and economic roles of new media and explore what it’s like to work in new media industries.

With a range of optional modules to choose from, you’ll also be able to expand your knowledge into areas such as photography, political communication, feminism in the media or a work placement. Taught by expert practitioners and researchers, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in a fast-paced and growing sector.

The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

Specialist Facilities

Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound and high-definition projection facilities, as well as projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.

You can also work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. The fully equipped TV studio also has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We also have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam and various cranes, and you’ll have access to a new photographic dark room.

We also run a loans service where you can borrow a range of HD digital camcorders and various Canon stills cameras to help with your project work.

Course Content

Depending on your previous experience, you may need to take the module New Media Production Skills to develop your knowledge of visual design software, HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress, Javascript and animation. The module isn’t assessed so it will appear in your transcript, but won’t count towards your classification.

In each semester you’ll study core modules that build your knowledge of new media contexts and practice. You’ll consider the relationship between new media and contemporary culture and the interactive forms and practices that are emerging. Then you’ll gain practical production, project management and critical skills and respond to new media briefs in collaborative projects.

You’ll then have the chance to broaden your approach with your choice of optional modules, from photography and cinematics to political communication, television narratives and public relations in society.

To demonstrate the skills you’ve gained, you’ll also undertake a major independent project. You can choose to submit a dissertation and take classes on research methods throughout the year, or you can work on a sustained, practical new media project with a written element.

Visit the MA New Media page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in the following subjects: humanities, communications, media studies, new/digital media, or other programmes incorporating elements of design and media production. Relevant professional experience will also be considered - some experience of new media production is desirable. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Please contact us for more information.

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