Digital Media: Production MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Production pathway of the Digital Media MA is designed to provide students with a theoretical knowledge of digital media and the practical skills to apply that knowledge to future developments in digital arts, practice and future research.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. media studies, cultural studies, art, education, digital media, interactive media, English. Applicants with a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a non-relevant subject and at least one year's experience within the fields of education, media and/or the cultural industries will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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. International Preparation Courses

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

Visa information for non-UK students

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 learn histories and theories of digital production in the media arts. They will follow this with experience of studio-based design work in digital animation and digital games, based in the new Media Production Studio at the UCL Knowledge Lab. The degree is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical engagement with a rapidly changing digital landscape.

Who this course is for

This course will interest students who possess intermediate to advanced practice-based skills and who seek to extend those in a structured and stimulating studio-based environment. It is suited to those considering a career in creative industries; or to those in any sector wishing to advance their design skills in digital media as continuing professional development. 

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 DARE research centre, 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

Students will acquire skills in digital design and use of industry standard design software, particularly in the areas of digital games, 3D design and animation. They will also acquire theoretical, critical and analytical skills in relation to these media. 

Employability

This pathway will equip students to progress to a broad range of careers in the media, including the creative industries, the museums, libraries and galleries sectors. It does not provide professional training of the kind the industry itself offers; but rather an experience of advanced production in different media forms.

Teaching and learning

The course will be delivered through theory-based seminars and workshops, assessed by a mixture of practical work and essays; and by lab-based design programmes and studio-based design projects, assessed by submission of practical work and critical reflection.

Modules

Full-time

The degree includes two compulsory modules in the theory and practice of digital design (30 credits each); two design optional modules (30 credits each); and a practice-based Dissertation (60 credits).

Part-time

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
Flexible

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 is subject to change.

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 & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Event: Digital Media, Technology and Education

Watch the presentation from our programme team and find out what it's like to study programmes in Digital Media, Technology and Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

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.

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Digital Media Programme Bursary

Now closed for 2022/23
Value: £5,000 (One year)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and some allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees and a stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Full 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.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Digital Media: Production at graduate level
  • why you want to study Digital Media: Production at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Applicants are required to upload an online portfolio link of relevant projects including art and design projects, creative and research writings, showreels, video works, interactive and immersive media works, and documentations of creative processes. Alternatively, students may submit a detailed personal statement outlining their particular interest in the course including relevant projects, their skillset, experience or industry experience.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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