Digital Media MA

UCA Farnham - 2021

Length of study:

One year full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Entry requirements:

Honours degree and/or relevant work experience

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

MA Digital Media, taught at UCA Farnham, is a practice-based course for students who want to extend their study or improve their employability in media-related fields in the UK or internationally.

There is an increasing demand for digital content for both existing and emerging media. Content makers have to understand how to apply their creative skills and ideas across a range of platforms and media, and be adaptable to this fast-changing industry.

This course gives you the opportunity to further develop and extend your skills in this area and apply them across a range of media applications and offers you a choice of specialist areas, this might be in image making or you might choose to gain a deeper understanding of the business of media and important areas such as intellectual property rights.

You will explore digital image-making and storytelling for the rapidly changing media landscape, learn about digital marketing and social media, create your own digital material and explore the media business or post-production techniques and emerging platforms.

Our recent and current industry projects include working with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in Accra, and with China Central Television in Beijing. This work with industry informs our teaching and training and our approaches to the study of the contemporary media context.

The study of film, photography and animation at UCA Farnham goes back to the 1960s, and the study of journalism to 1992. Masters level study at Farnham allows you to draw on this rich tradition of media and cultural studies and, at the same time, engage with the latest contemporary debates about media futures.

On the course you’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside students of journalism, filmmaking, photography, animation, games design, communication design and music composition. This range of creative disciplines gives you a fantastic and unique scope for cross-disciplinary thinking and working.

Course details

  • Term 1

    You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and practical workshops.

    Critical Contexts
    This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines. It also outlines key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture.

    Digital Storytelling
    This unit introduces you to a range of practical digital image making tools: Photography, video, graphics, typography, animation, sound, web design and writing content for online environments. To enable you to understand the visual and written content that the online environment demands.

  • Term 2

    During this semester you study in-depth the business of media and engage with ideas about contemporary media.

    Option 1: The Business of Media: Processes, Models, Law, Regulation
    In this unit you will examine the regulatory and intellectual property issues that you will need to engage with as a media professional and explore future funding models for media provision.

    Option 2: Interactive Production and Platforms
    Post Production and Platforms - in this unit you develop advanced editing skills and have introductory workshops to: visual effects, virtual reality, digital animation and data visualisation.

    Industry Based Project
    This unit offers you the opportunity to work on a real world project set by industry. This is likely to involve site visits and meetings with the people whose work you will be promoting.

     

  • Term 3

    Final Major Project and Professional Practices
    You'll research and develop an individual or group project of your choosing for a target audience. You will also create an online professional profile and develop a career plan. 

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £10,400

    • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Facilities

Digital Media facilities include a three-camera TV studio networked to our broadcast newsroom equipped with Autocue, a recently upgraded gallery and green screen. Two radio studios and dedicated journalism Mac and PC suites equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite (including PremierPro, Audition, Photoshop and other useful tools) and industry-standard programme-building software. You also have access to an excellent campus library with an up-to-date stock of books, journals and television and radio programmes.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Careers

    This course prepares you for further research or study, or for a wide range of communication and media careers in:

    • Television post production
    • Media content production
    • Marketing
    • Corporate communications
    • Campaigns and communication in the public and the third sector
    • Media enterprise and business start-ups.
  • Further study

    You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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