Digital Media MA

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full time – September start

Places available (subject to change)

20

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 of creative practices 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 producers, video editors, 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 our 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:

G (is for Graphics)

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

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. The module introduces you to current research themes in art and design. In the past we have explored topics such as: developing concepts through thinking and making, using archives in creative practice, working with objects of material culture, analysing digital transformations, practising psychogeography in the urban environment, tackling the anthropocene and environmental issues of the twenty-first century. 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 research 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 of a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures, guided seminars and small group tutorials which will support you in building 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 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. This takes the form of portfolios where you showcase the development of creative concepts in your practice.

This 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. In addition to undertaking subject specific modules in Digital Media Concepts and Digital Media Processes which leads to a Major Project, we also deliver shared modules in Research Methods and Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These modules 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 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.

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.

The Barbara Hepworth Building


The new Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield brings together our Art, Design and Architecture programmes under one roof.

The £30million investment embodies all that is current, contemporary and creative. It offers huge potential to act as a catalyst for future connectivity, setting the scene for collaboration and learning.

Due to open in late 2019, our students will experience a completely new way of working, revolutionising partnerships and creative exchanges from their first day of study.

For more information, please visit: hud.ac/edm

What can I research?

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

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
 
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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