Digital Media*

MA - UCA Farnham - 2019

MA Digital Media is a practice-based course for students who would like to extend their study of the discipline, or improve their employability in media-related fields in the UK or internationally.

The course features a range of units, exploring digital image-making and storytelling for the rapidly changing media landscape. It offers students the opportunity to create their own digital material and explore the media business or post production techniques and emerging platforms whilst contextualising their practice within the perspective of contemporary media.

UCA is one of the largest centres for art, design, media and communication education in Europe, making it an exciting and stimulating place for media and communication studies.

You'll be working 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.

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, 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 and 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This course has been suspended for September 2018 entry. If you have applied to study this course you should have already been contacted with additional information about your application. If you have not received this information, or have any queries regarding your offer please contact our Admission Team: admissions@uca.ac.uk

*This course is subject to validation. 

Length of study:

One year full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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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 where you’ll start to explore the relationship between theory and creative practice. 

    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.

    Option 2: Post Production and Platforms AND Industry Based Project

    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.

  • Term 3

    You'll undertake a sustained practical project of your own choosing and develop your online professional profile and career plan. 

    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

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & 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 tapeless three-camera TV studio networked to our broadcast newsroom using industry Autocue production software. Two radio studios (one analogue and one digital) and dedicated journalism Mac and PC suites equipped with InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition and Scoop. Dedicated journalism studios and IT suites, and an excellent campus library with an up-to-date stock of books and journals.

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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.

How to apply - 2019 entry

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Entry requirements

UK 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.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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