Digital Media MA

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our lives, now more than ever, inhabit the digital world. Most day-to-day activities are mediated through online platforms and processes, whether through digital visualisations, user-digital-experiences and/or visual effects and outcomes in animation, games,photography and the moving image, online advertising, digital curation and editing.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full time – September start

Places available (subject to change)

10

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 471364

About the course

Digital media represents an embedded set of practices within the creative and cultural industries and looks set to evolve and expand in innovative ways in the future. Digital media covers a broad range and may include: digital visualisations in animation, games, photography and the moving image, visual effects, online advertising, digital curation and editing,

Our MA in Digital Media offers continuing or recent graduates from creative art and design subjects with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, creative skills and employment prospects.We encourage our students to explore the growth potential of digital media platforms and processes with the development of innovative and imaginative concepts and ideas. The course guides you in your development of core specialist themes that may be commercial and/or artist led. You may wish to expand your skills of data visualisation, app design, motion design, animation, photographic practices, digital curation/editing, visual effect (VFX), or user experience design (UXD). Our practice-led modules facilitate opportunities for you to produce high quality portfolios often underpinned by industry focused trends and competition briefs.

The expectation is that you will be seeking to enter the cultural and creative industries into roles such as animators, media producer, video editor, data visualisers, editors/curators of digital content, motion designers, photographers, visual effects artists and user experience designers. You may also be seeking to develop proposals for further postgraduate research.

Our specialist staff and research expertise in the School of Art, Design and Architecture brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. The Department of Art and Communication also hosts workshop weeks and a vibrant guest lecture programme, with opportunities to participate in creative activities led by external speakers and practitioners from industry. Students are welcome to participate in these activities as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield. Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information, see our Research Centres in the School of Art, Design and Architecture:

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Centre for Sculptural Thinking

Doing a Master's was the greatest decision I have ever made! My work has come so far this year.

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson, Digital Media MA

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

International students with qualifications in 'creative' or ‘practice' subjects should submit a portfolio of work with their application.

  • All suitably qualified applicants are normally invited in for an informal chat with a portfolio or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements, such as a skype chat.
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Course Detail

Research Methods and Project Proposal

On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.

Digital Media Concepts

This practice-led module will introduce you to a range of concepts in digital media that are relevant to artists and designers and to related research at the forefront of graphic (spatial) and sculptural (temporal) thinking in contemporary digital media practices. You will develop your own individual digital media research through your practice and work to build relationships and connections between concepts, research and creative innovation.

The course is part of an MA suite within the School of Art, Design and Architecture and thus offers a cross-disciplinary approach to Digital Media as well as undertaking subject specific modules in Digital Media Concepts and Digital Media Processes which leads to a Major Project. Our shared modules in Research Methods and Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship facilitate opportunities for students to engage in cross-disciplinary working and to participate in the School’s own research and enterprise activities .

We have a fully equipped postgraduate suite which is dedicated to our MA students. This space is a lively and friendly environment where students can engage in creative exchanges across different subject areas in art and design.

Teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials and workshops. Modules are assessed on a combination of the production and critique of portfolio work and presentations.

Your module handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK’s only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

What can I research?

Relevant research information:Research plays a relevant role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see our Research Centres in the School of Art, Design and Architecture:

G (is for Graphics) and Centre for Sculptural Thinking

Teaching excellence

Relevant research information:Research plays a relevant role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see our Research Centres in the School of Art, Design and Architecture:

G (is for Graphics) and Centre for Sculptural Thinking

Student Work

A gallery of work by our students and graduates, from our Digital Media course. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.

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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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