University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Digital Media Design

You will work together, and with colleagues located on campus in Edinburgh, to realise imaginative design outcomes and acquire wide skills in digital visual and audio techniques. You will investigate practice contexts for application across the arts, entertainment, performance and industry. You will also probe the social, cultural and commercial implications of such developments. The programme addresses the needs of practitioners, managers, decision-makers and educators who want to be informed by 1st hand knowledge of the technical possibilities of digital technology and an awareness of social, cultural and business contexts.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 honours degree or its international equivalent. The subject discipline is not as important as aptitude and commitment to study in this area. Equivalent experience may be considered as alternative fulfilment of part or all of the requirement in individual cases, especially in the context of CPD study. If English is not your 1st language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "communicative skills" sections); CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module).

Assessment methods

The 1st semester provides an introduction and orientation to the programme, with 2 core courses and a choice of option. Students advance through a series of lectures, demonstrations, practical project work, exercises and critique. The practice based introduction to digital design core course introduces techniques and concepts used for designing and delivering digital media: the generation, manipulation and layout of artwork, text and other rich media in the context of commercial and arts-based practices. The research based media and culture core course addresses broader notions of cross-disciplinary design. The development of a broad social and psychological understanding of the nature and role of information, metaphor and interface and debate about living and working with digital media forms an important component of the course. Alongside these core courses, students choose either introduction to digital modelling and animation, or introduction to interactive design allowing for deeper engagement with a specific field rather than the general character of the core courses. There are additional chances to work in both areas later in the programme. The 2nd semester builds on the 1st through practice, reflection and action, with the interdisciplinary digital media studio project course, application focused dynamic web design course, and an option from courses offered throughout ECA and the wider university. The programme concludes with a self-directed but supervised final project over the summer period in areas such as gaming, film, mobile applications and interactive installations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 9,650 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 9,650 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 9,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 9,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 9,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

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