Digital Media*

MA

2018 entry

MA Digital Media is a practice-based course to extend your study of the discipline, and improve your employability in media-related fields in the UK or internationally.

You’ll study a range of units, exploring digital image making and storytelling for the rapidly changing media landscape. The course offers the opportunity to create your own digital material and explore specialist areas such as VR or data visualisation whilst contextualising your practice within contemporary media perspectives.

You’ll choose your course of study from a number of practice based options, work on an industry based project or choose to underpin your practice through studying the business imperatives and contextual issues that are arising from the changing media landscape.

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Length of study:

One year full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

You'll work alongside students of journalism, filmmaking, photography, animation, digital media and communication design. This gives fantastic and unique scope for cross-disciplinary thinking and working.

Our MA Digital Media course is situated in the Journalism and Media Department at UCA Farnham, which has many live connections with the media industry, including internationally. 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.

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, to be successful in this fast-changing industry, it is essential to understand the relationship between digital storytelling and image making. This course gives you the opportunity to further develop and extend your skills in this area and apply them across a range of media platforms and applications. You’ll have 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.

The study of film, photography and animation at UCA Farnham goes back to the 1970s, 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.

*This course is subject to validation.

Course content - 2018 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Critical Contexts

    This explores the contemporary and historical contexts of media production. Current theories about media, communication and digital cultures will be examined through questioning ideas around representation, time, technologies and storytelling.

  • Digital Image Making

    Photography, Video, Graphics, Animation

During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • The Business of Media: Processes, Models, Law, Regulation

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

  • Writing for the Screen

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

  • Data Visualisation

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

  • AR/VR

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

  • Contemporary Media Debates

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

  • Industry Based Project

    This is an optional unit and to complete the course you'll choose to study two units during the second stage of the course.

In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Research Proposal & Professional Practice

    This allows you to reflect on the work that you've produced so far, and resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery of your final project.

  • Practical Project

    This is an optional unit and you'll choose to complete either the practical project or the dissertation unit to complete the course.

  • Dissertation

    This is an optional unit and you'll choose to complete either the practical project or the dissertation unit to complete the course.

    For the dissertation you'll undertake a substantial period of individually-devised research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or professional aspirations. This will be applied and presented within a structured written dissertation that conforms to academic conventions.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen 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 present a degree with a lower classification, but can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll may invite you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

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