Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Film, television, animation, videogames, visual effects, immersive media, installation, digital photography, motion graphics, algorithmic art, theatre, performance and more. These are all ingredients of digital media arts: a convergence of creative arts and digital technologies through which we make and share stories and experiences for our entertainment, edification and enlightenment – now and into the future.

Our BA Digital Media Arts provides you with a unique set of robust skills that will enable you not only to creatively contribute to these media now, but also to be part of their ongoing future evolution.

We pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary approach, giving you the opportunity to interface with fellow students and practitioners in theatre, music, engineering, sound design, computing and humanities across campus.

What you will study

From digital cinematography to mixed reality, from motion capture to creative coding, from video compositing to 3D animation, we cover the length and breadth of the digital media spectrum, providing an exceptional grounding in the skills and techniques you will need to launch your career.

This course matches practical skills in story development, filmmaking, digital image production software, visual arts and animation with theoretical, historical and contextual studies. You’ll study a broad and deep curriculum that will equip you with a mix of creative and technical skills, enabling you to work across new and existing specialisms in flexible and collaborative ways.

These competences know few boundaries, and give you the potential to flourish in the creative industries both here in the UK and internationally. They also provide a solid foundation for advanced study and research, both here in Surrey and beyond.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BA (Hons) 36 months W212 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 48 months W213 View KIS data set

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

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

Facilities

While studying this course you’ll be supported by our extensive facilities, equipment and software, including:

  • Specialised workstations for games, animation and VFX production
  • 4K digital cine cameras
  • Lighting and grip equipment
  • Motion capture suite
  • Green screen studios
  • Broadcast television studio
  • Multiple performance spaces, film and sound recording studios.

The DMA team

You’ll be taught by staff with high level industry experience, with connections and know-how in film production, animation, postproduction, games development, visual effects, immersive media and digital theatre. We’re a team of specialists and generalists, supported by regular visiting industry associates who contribute to the unique nature of the course.

Course outputs

Our students create a wide range of high quality creative work, which we continually promote through our course website and social media channels, giving both industry partners and prospective applicants a real up-to-the-minute flavour of what our students are up to.

We also have an annual graduate showcase in a top London venue every June, which you are very welcome to attend.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. Feel free to get in touch with us.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

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.

Year 3

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

In Semester 1, students take:
DMA3002 Project Research and Development (30 Credits)
DMA3016 Research Methods (15 Credits)
Plus one optional 15 credit module, choosing between:
DMA3007 Visual Narrative Collaborations
-OR-
DMA3010 VR/MR and Emergent Media

In Semester 2, Students take:
DMA3013 Final Major Project (30 Credits)
Plus
DMA3014 Dissertation A (30 credits)
-OR-
DMA3015 Dissertation B (15 credits) -AND- Additional Optional 15 Credit Module in Semester 2 (Currently MFC3029 Television Studio Practice)

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

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

Our unique approach combines three principles that are central to our vision:

  • Integration of practical technological skills with critical thinking
  • Transformation of student experience into career opportunities through Professional Training placements with our leading international partners
  • Development of a holistic practice that will enhance your employability, entrepreneurialism and professional adaptability.

In your first year, you will work with a range of multidisciplinary media, including digital photography and video, web design and audio design.

In subsequent years, you will deepen your knowledge of your chosen media, and also gain wider skills and understanding in mixed-media practices, such as games, net art, virtual worlds and interactive design.

The course is constructed around three interconnected threads: skills-based learning, historical and cultural studies, and practice.

Skills-based learning areas include:

  • Academic (for example, study skills and research methods)
  • Technical (for example, software, cameras and prototyping)
  • Professional (for example, portfolio development, proposal writing and budgeting).

Historical and cultural studies cover, for example, areas of cultural and critical theory, games studies and emergent media.

Practice is approached through a series of ‘integrative projects’, typically involving collaboration and interface between different colleagues and technologies, combining technical skills, creative development, professional practice and contextual understanding.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

WEINBREN J Mr (Music & Med)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: We are ideally looking for a blend of creative with science/technology subjects. However, of more importance than your choice of academic qualifications is an informed interest in the creative arts. Where possible some evidence of creative practice, and an ability to engage with contemporary media technologies is really valuable.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required subjects: We are ideally looking for a blend of creative with science/technology subjects. However, of more importance than your choice of academic qualifications is an informed interest in the creative arts. Where possible some evidence of creative practice, and an ability to engage with contemporary media technologies is really valuable.

HL5/SL6 in a Creative subject plus HL5/6 in either a Science/Technology subject or a Humanities/Social Science subject.

Applicants taking a combination of Science/Technology and Humanities/Social Science subjects may be conisdered if they can submit a portfolio of creative works.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: We are ideally looking for a blend of creative with science/technology subjects. However, of more importance than your choice of academic qualifications is an informed interest in the creative arts. Where possible some evidence of creative practice, and an ability to engage with contemporary media technologies is really valuable.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: We are ideally looking for a blend of creative with science/technology subjects. However, of more importance than your choice of academic qualifications is an informed interest in the creative arts. Where possible some evidence of creative practice, and an ability to engage with contemporary media technologies is really valuable.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: We are ideally looking for a blend of creative with science/technology subjects. However, of more importance than your choice of academic qualifications is an informed interest in the creative arts. Where possible some evidence of creative practice, and an ability to engage with contemporary media technologies is really valuable.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

We welcome all subject combinations; however, it’s important to have an informed interest in the creative arts.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview and asked to bring or show a portfolio on the day. Ideally we would like to see examples of your creative practice - for example film, video, photography, graphic design, paintings/drawings, music, sculpture, a game or interactive artwork you have designed. 

During the visit to the University the candidate can also find out more about the programme as well as meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BA (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BA (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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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.

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