Taught course

Digital Media Theory

Goldsmiths, University of London · Media and Communications

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have or expect to gain a first degree of at least upper second class standard (or equivalent).

The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds within the humanities and no prior knowledge of new or digital media studies is required.

Consideration may also be given to students without an academic background in a relevant subject area if they have significant professional experience in the field of digital media and are able to demonstrate their ability and commitment to the pursuit of a programme of rigorous academic study.All applicants need to demonstrate an awareness of the historical and contemporary significance of digital media and technology and a willingness to accept the challenge of interdisciplinary study.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCert in Digital Media offers an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology.

The PGCert in Digital Media - Theory is designed to help you understand digital transformations in media, culture, and society in the media and creative industries, and in further research. You will be equipped with skills that can be applied to current and future developments in digital media, social media, computing, and other aspects of technology.

This programme offers a critical and contextual approach to digital media and technology. It explicitly discusses approaches to 'new' media in academic and professional debates, especially those that overemphasise the potential for radical social change led by a technology itself. The programme emphasises the importance of addressing the social and historical contexts within which a range of media technologies are employed.

Develop your understanding of Digital Media

You will draw on a range of disciplines during the programme to develop a contextual framework for thinking about digital media and technologies as fully cultural forms and processes, including media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. The focus, however, will remain on key contemporary concerns about the potential role of digital media in society and on refiguring the contours of the computational media.

You will be equipped with skills in critical evaluation and contextualisation which can be applied to future developments in digital media and technology. The programme is therefore appropriate for further research and for careers in the media and cultural industries.

Learn from experts

The core teaching team from within the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies provides expertise in critical, practical, technical, and contextual approaches to digital media and technology. You will learn from tutors from a range of professional and academic backgrounds, as well as, a schedule of guest seminars in digital media and technology provided by the department and Goldsmiths.

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 overall (and a minimum of 5.5 in each area) to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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