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Digital Media - MA

Why study this course?

Over the past few years, career opportunities in the digital media sector have increased dramatically. The interactive media industry is reaching maturity and needs qualified professionals able to offer a diverse range of expertise. This course addresses those needs and is designed to provide you with skills in interactive media content creation, interactive design, digital media production,social media management,  digital media project and account management. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This professionally-oriented course will appeal to graduates with an interest in digital media, experienced professionals from the design, media, public relations and marketing sector wishing to retrain for a career change or promotion, and those wishing to progress towards research and PhD studies. The Masters in Digital Media addresses issues in interactive design, interactive media, the internet and its applications, digital solutions for the industry and the public sector, usability design, effective digital media project management, digital audiences and audience research, social media management, digital media strategy, digital interactive television, mobile communications, and new media ownership. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software.

You will learn how to:

  • assess and select the appropriate tools to produce a digital media project
  • produce digital media projects using the appropriate software applications
  • research and analyse the current issues and future developments in digital media, social media, media communications and e-solutions
  • manage digital media projects and production teams
  • produce digital media and social media strategies
  • appreciate the complexity of the international digital media and creative industries and communicate effectively in a media professional environment
  • apply research, design and management skills to the production of new media projects


Assessment methods include interactive projects, design portfolios, presentations, essays, examinations and reports.

You will be required to have:

  • a good honours degree (or equivalent)

Students with lower qualifications but substantial relevant experience in a related area of employment such as the design, media and communications industry are also encouraged to apply. These applicants will be asked to provide a written summary of their work history demonstrating its relationship to the aims of the course.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The course consists of two core modules, four optional modules, and a compulsory triple-module project or dissertation. One of the optional modules can be a free module taken from another Master's degree in the University.

Core modules:

  • Principles of Digital Media
  • Digital Media Project Management
  • Digital Project/Dissertation

Optional modules currently offered:

  • Digital Media Work Placement
  • Design for the Internet
  • Digital Media Strategy and Consultancy
  • Digital Video Production
  • Principles of Game Design
  • 3D Animation for Multimedia

The Project/Dissertation is equivalent to three modules and is submitted at the end of the course. Research sessions and Project/Dissertation workshops are provided.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and seminar discussions, computer lab workshops, online learning materials and tutorials.

The course is particularly suited to students looking to work in: web design; UX design, interactive media production; digital video production; new media project management and account handling; consultancy and policy advice in the area of digital media and communication technology; social media management; digital media strategy, training and research in related fields; electronic publishing; online journalism and broadcasting; administration, management and research in digital media, digital advertising and marketing and digital information industries.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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