Digital Media: Production MA

London, Bloomsbury

The MA Digital Media: Production route combines cultural and media theories and creative practices in digital media production, allowing students to critically engage with key debates and develop specific techniques in digital media production. Different from degrees focused on technical mastery or marketing/advertising, this programme is designed to support students to become reflective, critical practitioners, capable of developing creative modes of enquiry in order to leverage a rapidly changing digital landscape towards producing socially relevant and compelling works.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£15,100
£7,550
Pathways include:
Critical Studies (TMAEDUSCRS01)
Education (TMAEDUSEDM01)
Production (TMAEDUSPRO01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
£17,200
Pathways include:
Critical Studies (TMAEDUSCRS01)
Education (TMAEDUSEDM01)
Production (TMAEDUSPRO01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024

Applications closed

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

Applicants with a 2:1 from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a media or design specialism (e.g. Media Studies, Digital Design, Digital Media Arts, Interactive/Digital Media, Game Design) will be considered. Applicants with a 2:2, in a relevant subject, plus at least 2 year's work experience in the fields of media, interactive design or cultural industries, and a relevant design portfolio may be considered. Applicants with a non-relevant subject will not be considered.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting September.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students will engage with digital media and cultural studies theories and creative practices in fields such as animation, interactive media development (e.g., VR/XR), game design, storytelling, and coding. The degree interweaves critical theory and creative practice, and the studio-based structure of the Media Production Studio facilities at the UCL Knowledge Lab equips students to produce theoretically informed digital media artefacts.

Who this course is for

This course will interest students who seek to become critically informed digital media makers. It is suited to those interested in combining theoretical knowledge and creative skills in digital media, know (or are open to learn) coding, and are considering a career in the creative and cultural sectors or further postgraduate study.

What this course will give you

The Digital Media MA at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is one of the longest-established Media MAs in the UK. It is based at the UCL Knowledge Lab, a leading interdisciplinary centre whose mission is to understand and develop digital technologies to support and transform education and beyond. Based on research evidence, the Knowledge Lab devises new pedagogies, designs and implements innovative digital media and smart technologies for teaching and learning, and it informs policymakers and educational stakeholders.

The programme team belongs to the ReMAP research centre (Research in Media Arts and Play), with a track record of funded research in the digital media arts, we offer students a chance to learn from direct research experience.

Students will have access to our Media Production Studio with computer suites, a performance space and sound recording facilities.

The foundation of your career

The MA Digital Media: Production will equip students to become reflective, critical media production practitioners, capable of progressing to further postgraduate research or a broad range of careers in creative and cultural sectors, including creative industries and cultural institutions. It does not provide professional/vocational training of the kind the industry itself offers, but rather a critically informed expressive exploration of media production in different digital media formats, focusing on use cases behind the creation of digital artefacts rather than on 'how' to use such tools.

Employability

Students will acquire critical and creative skills to engage with and produce digital media, such as digital games, interactive experiences, and animations, using industry standard software.

Former students have progressed to a range of different roles, such as further postgraduate study (i.e., PhDs), roles in game and digital media companies (e.g., artists, game designers, UI/UX designers, producers) or independent visual artists.
 

Networking

Students can make use of our experienced team at UCL Careers to find the right path to ensure success in their future careers. 

Teaching and learning

The course will be delivered through theory-based lectures, theoretical and practical seminars and workshops, which lays foundation for the independent learning moments, through which students develop and consolidate their learning. Such methods support students' progression towards becoming critically informed, independent creative practitioners.

Students are assessed by a mixture of practical creative work, written critical reflection, and essays.

Your study time is made up by teaching and learning events, including lectures, seminars and independent learning (self-directed study).

As a guide, a 30-credit module is recommended to equal to 300 study hours, which includes reading and engaging with recommended materials, attending and participating in lectures and seminars, independently developing skills and working on assignments.

Modules

The degree includes two compulsory modules (30 credits each); two optional modules (30 credits each); and a practice-based Dissertation (60 credits).

You will follow one module per term over 2 years. This includes:

  • two compulsory modules (30 credits each, one of these taken in each Autumn term)
  • two optional modules (30 credits each, one of these taken in each Spring term)
  • and in year 2 a Practice-based Dissertation (60 credits) starting in the Spring term

There is also an option for students to complete the MA over a period of time, between 2 and 5 years.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and a studio-based practical Dissertation project. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Digital Media: Production.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Digital Media: Critical Studies, Education and Production

Are you interested in the digital media and technology in society and education? We welcome you to book your place at our Virtual Open Event. You will meet our Programme Leaders, hear about the programmes you are interested in and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. These sessions are free and open to all.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £15,100 £7,550
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400 £17,200

Pathways include:
Critical Studies (TMAEDUSCRS01)
Education (TMAEDUSEDM01)
Production (TMAEDUSPRO01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Ten bursaries are offered to UK applicants across the three MAs on the Digital Media Programme, to the value of £5,000 for full-time study, £2,500 per year for part-time study, and pro-rata for flexible study. They will be evaluated by the faculty and programme team using the same criteria as the MA application, with the added requirement that the applicant is eligible to pay UK fees. Please find more information here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/digital-media-programme-bursary

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Digital Media Programme Bursary

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: £5,000 (One year)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees, return flights and stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

The personal statement is your opportunity to make clear why you are a good fit for this MA, and why this MA is the right programme for you. Rather than using your personal statement to repeat information found in your CV, explain what attracts you to this programme. Your personal statement must address, in no more than 500 words:

  • your interests in digital media production outlining relevant topics, issues or problems;
  • what modules are you most interested in, and why;
  • what kind of practice-based research/research-creation project you want to develop as your dissertation;

Applicants are also encouraged to add to their personal statement a link to an online portfolio of relevant projects they have done (indicating what they were responsible for in each project), including works such as games, animations, interactive sound, art and design projects, creative and research writings.

Please note this is a highly competitive programme, and we will prioritise applications where such example(s) of previous work, as listed above, are submitted.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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