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MSc Multimedia

Course Description

This course has been designed to produce hands on professionals with a broad range of career possibilities in the digital economy, either working as designers, developers, managers or starting an enterprise.

This sector is expanding rapidly in all areas, with major social media companies now trading on the stock exchange with revenues of billions of dollars and applications like WhatsApp selling for $19 billion. Companies are spending billions on their online and digital strategies, on mobile optimised websites, applications and content like videos, the demand for skilled professionals who can deliver these strategies continues to grow.

The course has been designed to address the needs of these emerging areas, and ensure graduates can adapt to the changing needs of the sector. We have excellent links within the multimedia industry, and many companies and experts have visited the Faculty in previous years to give presentations, including MPC, Sky, Apple and Adobe as well as companies looking to recruit students after finishing the Masters. The Multimedia MSc hosts multimediatrainingvideos.com, a comprehensive repository of freely accessible multimedia training videos to which the teaching team have been significant contributors to the site over the last few years. This site has become one of the biggest Open Educational Resources (OER) sites for multimedia on the internet and was funded by JISC.

Course content
The course emphasises the key multimedia principles, theories and concepts, as well as exposing you to the industry standard languages and tools including scripting languages, HTML, AJAX, and Xcode. You will examine a number of areas, including human computer interaction and the user experience, project management, web development, scripting for interactivity, and analytics. The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required in a number of careers as well as preparation to continue to a PhD.

Core modules
Multimedia Management • Multimedia Scripting for Interactivity • Project • Research Methods and Professional Practice • User-Centred Interface Design

Option modules
Digital Editing and Motion Graphics • iPhone Application Development • Pervasive Computing and Interactive Systems • Web Development • Web Enabled Database Applications • Web Marketing and Analytics

Associated careers
Graduates may find employment in digital agencies, corporate environments (marketing, communications, IT and training), educational institutions, the media and film industry, and in entertainment. Possible roles include mobile app and web developer, project/production manager, web analytics analyst, and user experience designers. We have excellent links with the multimedia industry (particularly in education), and previous graduates have been employed by companies such as 2Simple, 20:20 Media, Moving Picture Company, Oxford University Press, and Tiscali. Successful graduates may also apply for a research degree in a relative area.

Visit the MSc Multimedia page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The course is open to computer literate graduates with a good first degree (minimum Second Class Honours) or equivalent in a related discipline such as graphic design, computer science, digital imaging or journalism. Alternatively you may have in-depth work experience in a related field, or already be employed in the sector and are undertaking the programme to further enhance your career plans. The relevance of your first degree or industrial experience and suitability for the course will be determined by interview and, where relevant, portfolio. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.

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