PhD Digital Media Arts

At Surrey, creativity and technology collide. Your skills and talents as a media practitioner, alongside intellectual curiosity, collaborative spirit, technical proficiency and sense of adventure, all come into play as you make use of the state-of-the-art facilities, great workspaces and dedicated multi-disciplinary supervision.

Key course information

Entry requirements
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Start date
October 2024
4 years
UK fees
To be confirmed
Overseas fees
Subject area
Film production

Why choose this

  • Our vibrant and expanding Digital Media Arts PhD programme spans film animation, visual effects and computational arts, immersive media, digital acting, motion graphics and movement interfaces, as well as performance capture, machine vision and interactive cinema.
  • You'll benefit from our extensive connections to the creative industries through our partnerships with film production companies, animation houses, the VFX community and their facilities and studios, plus industry networks such as BAFTA and the British Film Institute.
  • Our Guildford location is a short train journey from central London, and a town which is home to some of the most well-regarded games developers, immersive media producers and web design agencies, including Supermassive, Electronic Arts and Criterion.
  • On campus, we share a building and collaborate on a daily basis with the prestigious Guildford School of Acting. We also work closely with colleagues from Surrey’s Engineering programmes and have found touchpoints in nearly every other department Surrey has to offer.
  • We belong to TECHNE, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral training partnership, which provides access to comprehensive academic and professional training programmes, as well as the possibility of funding for your studies. 
  • Surrey’s multi-disciplinary Doctoral College will cater to your academic and institutional needs and is a great way of linking you with fellow postgraduate researchers from Surrey’s wide variety of other disciplines.
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Fantastic graduate prospects

100% of our Department of Music and Media postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA)

Research excellence

We are ranked in the top 20 for the quality of our research outputs - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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