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Digital Arts MA

What does the future hold for the arts in a digital world? Explore audiovisual and interactive approaches as you build a portfolio. Connect with experts on an interdisciplinary Masters for budding independent artists and creative practitioners.

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Overview

Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Film, Media and Television
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: English and Creative Arts
A student shows a tutor their graphics work in an animation studio.

Reinvent the relationship between music and the visual arts. Blend skills from creative disciplines – music, sound design, animation, performance, art and design – as you carve out a career in the digital arts.

Get hands-on with creative computer technology and develop high-level conceptual knowledge of your craft. Our modules are designed to build the confidence to take your performance and interactivity to another level.

You’ll develop skills and knowledge in interactive and digital contexts. Explore everything, from the web and mobile media to animations, installations, and interactive performances. You’ll create cross-disciplinary mixed/inter/multi-media artworks that challenge established thinking and push boundaries.

Sustainability is a vital theme. You’ll have opportunities to explore audiovisual environmental artworks, installations, networking and streaming for remote performance and interaction.

We’ve designed our MA Digital Arts with your future career in mind. You’ll learn transferable skills like programming and coding, and create a portfolio of work, equipped to take your next steps.

What you'll study

Study five modules across three semesters on the MA Digital Arts as you focus on the essential creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills you need to become a professional creative practitioner.

In the first semester, you’ll study multimedia creative coding. You’ll learn to respond to a brief by completing your own audiovisual production. We’ll encourage you to use this opportunity to develop your professional practice and pursue your creative style and vision.

How do digital creatives source funding or build interest in their work? You’ll grow your research and professional communication skills in the second semester. You’ll learn how to discuss your creative practice in a way that will benefit future grant applications, working with clients and partners, and producing work to commission. We’ll also help you expand your practice by applying interactive techniques, such as computer vision, sensors and physical computing.

The third semester is when you’ll work intensively, with University resources, staff support and guidance, to complete a creative research project. We’ll ask you to produce an ambitious portfolio that demonstrates your creative vision, practical knowledge and professional skillset.

Compulsory modules:

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Audiovisual Production

Creativity and Technology in Context

Foundations of Creative Computing

Interaction Laboratory

Practitioner Research Project

How you'll study

The course is delivered using a model that provides the best of both face-to-face teaching and the flexibility of online learning. Each module combines in-person teaching with online study and independent creative tasks. This model ensures contact, guidance and support, while providing the flexibility that allows study to be combined with personal commitments.

In-person teaching, or other contact time, is expected to take place on a single day each week, with online learning, support and independent study spread across the rest of the week in a flexible way.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed primarily through practical projects, with supporting written work and oral presentations that develop your communication skills. Where a practical submission is the primary component of assessment, an accompanying written submission or presentation would ordinarily be expected.

A range of performance exhibition spaces are available in the Creative Edge building and the Arts Centre, to present both work in progress and final projects.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this taught Masters degree.

Who will be teaching you

The course is delivered by staff with extensive experience of professional practice and research in the arts. The course team are experts in digital animation, creative computing, electronic music and interaction design. Staff have published in leading academic journals, exhibited work internationally and worked with a range of local, national and international arts organisations.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as music, animation, fine art, or performance.

You should submit a portfolio of work that showcases your creative practice to support your application.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

This is a new course currently in development. Online applications will open once the validation process is complete.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeDigital Arts students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of English and Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, a photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Arts Centre

Learning resources

Music production and audio post-production studios come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones. Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audio software while there are several dedicated rehearsal rooms which offer electronic keyboards and a range of acoustic and electric guitars, effects modules and practice amps. A selection of acoustic pianos, grand and upright, are also available.

Practical animation work is supported by four dedicated animation studios equipped with 24″ HD Cintiq Wacom Touch monitors, Rostrum camera stations, Rotational light-boxes, 3D Printer and industry standard software: Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash), Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, Harmony Premium, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, ZBrush and VRay. Mac studio facilities provide access to the latest editing and audio software (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X, Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, and Sibelius).

The stop-motion studio is designed to professional standards, utilising Canon EOS 700D/850D with 18-135mm IS Lens, Dragon Frame, Dedo lighting and motion control camera movement technologies. For Foley-FX work and voiceover production, you will utilise our audio post-production studios which come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones. There are also several dedicated rehearsal rooms which provide electronic keyboards and a range of acoustic and electric guitars, effects modules and practice amps.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£8,500

for the course

UK Part-Time

£47 per credit

for 180 credits

Tuition fees for international students joining the course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll leave us with your MA Digital Arts, ready to work as a knowledgeable independent artist and creative practitioner. Through collaborations across disciplines, you’ll build a professional network to plug into as you use your skills to apply for grants and pitch for professional opportunities.

Our students can expect to find employment wherever creative content, digital media production and computer programming are in demand. You can explore options in:

  • media arts
  • music
  • performance
  • interactive systems
  • education
  • design
  • event production and management

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