Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

The ways we create and deal with media are changing at speeds never before imagined. It is an extremely exciting time to work in the creative industries and our BA in Digital Media Arts will provide you with the unique set of skills necessary to work with emergent media.

At Surrey, we have an outstanding reputation for technological advancement, with rich cross-departmental interactions on offer.

You will be taught by staff with direct industry experience and teaching and research specialisms in areas of digital culture, arts and technology, new media, and performance and production in creative industries, including traditional, interactive and cultural productions.

What you will study

By combining practical skills, professional experience and theory, our BA Digital Media Arts course will provide you with the tools to succeed in twenty-first-century creative industries including video games, experiential design, live performance, advertising, film and television.

You will gain expert knowledge of how cutting-edge technology and methods are shaping the creative industries, both in the UK and abroad.

You’ll develop skills for programming, animation and compositing, as well as fundamentals of film-making, screenwriting, visual composition and critical thinking. By the end of the course you will have gained a mix of creative and critical skills and the ability to work across specialisms in flexible and collaborative ways.

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

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Digital Media Arts placements

You can spend your third year working in a professional role for a digital media arts organisation, with help from our Professional Training team to choose an appropriate host organisation and prepare you for the placement period.

Types of placement are varied and can take place anywhere in the UK or overseas, but they all give you experiences that will help you get that all-important graduate job or move on to postgraduate study.

Partner organisations will be drawn from a list, which currently includes:

  • BuzzSocial (Social media, marketing and design company)
  • Figment Productions (VR, 3D animation company)
  • Sanofi (Digital marketing department)
  • Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital (3D design in ophthalmology department).

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

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

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.

Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:

  • Channel Planning Assistant, UKTV
  • PR Coordinator, NBC Universal
  • Media Analyst, Kantar Media
  • Production Secretary, Comic Relief
  • Social Media Executive, Hotelplan
  • Creative Solutions Project Manager, First Radio Sales
  • PR Account Executive, Catalyst PR.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

You have the option of studying abroad for one or two semesters in your Professional Training year. Our partner universities include:

  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Queensland, University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Brock University, Canada
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Akademie Muzickych Umeni v Praze
  • Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • California State University
  • George Mason
  • North Carolina State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

Facilities

The 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).
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.

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: AAB.

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).

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).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

Required subjects: 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.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

Required subjects: Applicants are required to have Creative subjects (for example, Art and Design, Media Production, Film Studies, Performing Arts, Music) combined with either Science/Technology subjects or Humanities/Social Science qualifications.

Applicants with a combination of Science/Technology and Humanities/Social Science subjects may be considered if they can also provide a portfolio of Creative Works.

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB.

Required subjects: Applicantare required to have Creative subjects (for example, Art and Design, Media Production, Film Studies, Performing Arts, Music) combined with either Science/Technology subjects or Humanities/Social Science subjects.

Applicants with a combination of Science/Technology and Humanities/Social Science subjects may be considered if they can also provide a portfolio of Creative Works.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: Applicants are required to have Creative subjects (for example, Art and Design, Media Production, Film Studies, Performing Arts, Music) combined with either Science/Technology subjects or Humanities/Social Science qualifications.

Applicants with a combination of Science/Technology and Humanities/Social Science subjects may be considered if they can also provide a portfolio of Creative Works.

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

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 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.

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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