Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
Please note: we welcome applications for the 4-year with foundation version of this course in September 2020. Other versions of the course are open for September 2021 applications only.
Create engaging and innovative content by studying our full-time Digital Media degree at Cambridge School of Art, ARU. Receive ongoing support to find work placements. Your experience in multimedia across different platforms will help you stand out in a range of UX design and content creation careers.
There is a growing need for graduates from courses like this, designers who have experience and a range of digital software as well as traditional drawing and communication skills.
New technology and changing platforms means there is a constant demand for people with the skills to design and create new and engaging interactive content for advertising, online businesses and social media. Our course will help you develop your artistic vision for the future of digital content, while giving you research and analytical skills to underpin your innovative and creative ideas.
You will follow briefs and challenges that come straight from industry, as well as having the chance to work with students from other courses in team-based collaborative projects. You will study in the culturally and artistically rich community of Cambridge School of Art, with access to all our industry-standard facilities. Cambridge is at the forefront of the digital revolution, with many digital agencies and digitally-reliant companies starting up or opening divisions here in recent years, including Sookio, Onespacemedia and Amazon.
Our teaching staff and technicians will support you to develop your skills in drawing and visual communication; core design skills; interactive design; video; digital photography; web design; mobile apps; sound design; user interfaces; and digital animation, as well as highly sought after transferable skills such as team work, project planning, digital portfolio creation and marketing.
At the end of the course you will showcase your work as part of our annual Degree Show, which is attended every year by industry professionals and recruitment agencies, as well as parents, friends and alumni.
Course Leader: Tina Burton
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities for you to learn through work-based projects, internships and placements.
Our links with major companies in Cambridge, such as Sookio, Frontier and Jagex, will allow you to engage with live briefs and competitions to enhance your portfolio and give you experience of working life.
Our in-house employability advisers organise and run workshops, seminars, networking events, portfolio reviews and design challenges. They'll also help you find vital work experience, allowing you to graduate with the skills and confidence you'll need to succeed in the creative workplace. Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty's employability support.
By completing our BA (Hons) Digital Media course you'll be prepared not only for roles in the current digital media industry, including web design, social media analysis, content writing, videography, motion graphic artist or interactive designer, but also for near-future careers such as digital culture commentator or virtual habitat designer. You might even invent your own new role in this fresh and exciting cultural landscape.
Our modules allow you to demonstrate your progress by producing coursework to set projects, and formal briefs. At the end of each semester you’ll submit design work for practice-based modules, and a written document for contextual/theoretical modules. These will then be graded and you’ll receive written feedback.
You’ll also receive on going feedback on your design project concepts and develop your learning in taught sessions, one-to-one discussions, project reviews, peer to peer feedback and group critiques.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
Take part in our digital media-related trips to broaden your experience of the industry. Most recently we've visited the BVE trade show at London's Excel Arena, as well as Cambridge Science Festival talks on technology.
It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.
For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our Cambridge School of Art portfolios page.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in September 2020.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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