Digital Media Arts with Media Studies BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

The art challenges technology. Technology inspires the art.

What you'll study

Our new and innovative Digital Media Arts with Media Studies programme will prepare you to explore the vital link between contemporary media and arts.

Allowing you to discover the importance of expression, meaning and emotion in the creative space that is digital media, whilst nurturing your individual creativity.

Digital Media Arts as your Major

Choose Digital Media Arts as your Major subject and you'll develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of contemporary digital media arts.

With enhanced media literacy and insightful appreciation of digital media's role as an innovating force in artistic expression, you will build the capacity to produce creative materials and to reflect critically upon your work and the work of others.

We'll welcome you into our thriving creative community, and support you as develop your sense of self-­awareness, aesthetics and artistic direction.

As a member of the School of Arts there are also countless opportunities for collaborations across disciplines using the rehearsal, recording and performance facilities on our unusually well­-endowed campus.

Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to developing a range of specific and transferable skills for independent critical and creative practice (especially if you take the option of a Professional Training placement year).

You will thus graduate with a highly valuable head-start for a career in contemporary arts or the wider creative industries.

Integrative module for Digital Media Arts Majors

Artistic ideas driven by technological creativity create a powerful force for addressing any subject, philosophy or field of thought.

As an academic discipline, Digital Media Arts is all about managing creativity within an unfolding set of technological possibilities that could easily become bewildering if not approached with control and expertise.

These traits can be generalised to almost every other field of creative endeavour, and indeed beyond.

Together with your fellow Digital Media Arts Majors, you'll examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are explored through art, and vice versa. What are the key features of Digital Media Arts as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the Minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into music deriving from study of each Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of music from a more complete perspective.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules Digital Media ArtsIntegrative modules Digital Media ArtsMinor modules Media Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Research
Year 2
Major modules Digital Media ArtsIntegrative modules Digital Media ArtsMinor modules Media Studies

Compulsory modules:

  • Interdisciplinary Workshop A
  • Interdisciplinary Workshop B
  • Intermedia Studio B

Optional modules:

  • Professional Contexts and Preparation
  • Intermedia Studio A

Optional modules:

Year 3
Major modules Digital Media ArtsIntegrative modules Digital Media ArtsMinor modules Media Studies

Compulsory modules:

  • Project Research and Development
  • Transdisciplinary Arts project
  • VR/MR and Emergent Media

Plus 15 credits from:

  • Visual Narrative Collaborations
  • Professional Portfolio

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placements

Types of placement are varied and can take place anywhere in the country or overseas. Partner organisations will be drawn from a list, which includes:

  • BuzzSocial (Social Media, Marketing and Design Company)
  • Figment Productions (VR, 3D, Animation Company)
  • Sanofi (Digital Marketing Dept)
  • St. Thomas and Guys Hospital (3D design in Ophthalmology Dept)

The placement experience helps you to get that all-important first job or move on to postgraduate study.


On our degree programme, you attend a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Practical projects make use of group discussion to review and develop work. Workshops and lab sessions are also integral to the programme.


Degrees are awarded on the basis of the assessment of coursework, end-of-semester examinations, projects, folios and performances, exhibitions and installations, as appropriate.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 13 per cent medium group teaching
  • 3 per cent large group teaching
  • 84 per cent studying and revising in your own time


The degree programme is supported by lab facilities containing:

  • Specialised workstations for video games and digital media production
  • Cameras and edit suites for post-production work
  • Motion capture facilities
  • Broadcast television studios
  • Electronics workshops
  • Multiple performance spaces (the Lewis Elton Art Gallery, the Ivy Arts Centre, the Performing Arts and Technology Centre)

Career opportunities

The personal, professional and technical skills that you acquire will enable you to succeed in almost every area of the cultural and creative industries. Indicative career paths include:

  • Cross-platform media development
  • Games development
  • User experience design
  • Animation
  • Film/television production
  • Digital post-production
  • Independent media arts practices
  • Live performance
  • Marketing
  • Advertising

Global opportunities

You have the option of studying abroad for one semester in your professional training year. Our partner universities include:

  • University of Cincinnati (USA)
  • North Carolina State University (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of North Texas (USA)
  • Texas Tech (USA)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • Swinburne University (Australia)
  • La Trobe University (Australia) 
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Victoria (New Zealand)

If you chose to spend time working or studying in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

The BA in Digital Media Arts is an interdisciplinary programme. As such, applicants to the programme are required to have Creative qualifications combined with either Science/Technology qualifications  and/or Humanities/Social Science qualifications. 
Creative A-levels include:
  • Art and Design
  • Media Production
  • Film/Media Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
Applicants with a combination of Science/Technology and/or Humanities/Social Science qualifications may be considered if they can also provide a portfolio of Creative Works.

Selection process

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio on the day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students. Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years W2P3 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years WP23 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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