Taught course

Digital Media Arts (Online)

University of Hertfordshire · School of Creative Arts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience in a digital media area or a strong interest in one or more areas of digital media combined with an honours degree (2:2 or above) in an unrelated area. Accreditation of professional experience may be possible for practitioners without a first degree.

With your application, please supply a link to an online portfolio of digital media work. Your portfolio should show evidence of creativity and innovation in one or more of the subject areas covered by this course. While we will take your technical skills into account, we are particularly interested in your vision and ambition for what digital media might be. We also require a personal statement explaining why you want to study the MA in Digital Media Arts and what you hope to gain from doing the course.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in any component (or equivalent) is required for those whose first language is not English.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Find out more about our academic English courses

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Months of entry


Course content

This online MA Digital Media Arts degree will enable you to...

  • study one or more digital specialisms including video, kinetics, animation, sound, games, photography, social and interactive media
  • choose to study parts of this course online or on campus
  • experiment and explore emerging technologies and develop innovative and effective combinations of practices and media
  • develop high-level skills in your chosen specialisms or areas of interest supported by expert tutors
  • project-based work where the emphasis is on the creative, informed application of new technologies and devices to produce compelling user experiences
  • produce a substantial self-initiated digital media project supported by excellent resources and expertise.

This course is also available to study on campus. Find out more about the on-campus MA Digital Media Arts course.

Digital media is everywhere in the modern world, affecting all aspects of our lives, our work, leisure and social and personal relationships. The MA Digital Media Arts award allows students to gain practical experience and knowledge of the ways that a range of contemporary digital media are produced and used, both alone and in combination. Working in one or more specialisms which can include video, kinetics, animation, games, photography, social and interactive media, students are encouraged to experiment with combinations of media through digital ‘sketches’ and then, through developing more extended works informed by their individual interests, to pursue a substantial, practical enquiry into an original creative application of digital media in a major project.

Students typically explore areas such as interactive advertising, responsive objects and environments, networked information and social-media systems, interactive video, live performance technology and digital art installations.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14750 for the 2022/2023 full-time academic year / £1230 per 15 credits for the 2022/2023 part-time academic year
International students
£14750 for the 2022/2023 full-time academic year / £1230 per 15 credits for the 2022/2023 part-time academic year

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University's Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed "When tuition fees change"), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Ian Willcock