Digital Media MSc
MSc Digital Media
Do you want to use and develop your expertise in creative digital tech, to find a career in a creative industry? Our MSc Digital Media degree course will give you the skills you need to get ahead of the competition – in fields such as computer game development, video and audio production, and animation.
On this course, you'll get to unpack the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of media production and tailor your studies to your personal strengths and future career plans.
You'll use the latest equipment, design your own project and receive the support of expert tech staff on your path to becoming an expert in digital technologies.
On this course, you'll:
- Get to grips with the latest software used by digital media professionals (including Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Avid Media Composer, Cool Edit Pro, Adobe After Effects, Protools and Logic)
- Have access to our TV studios, motion capture facilities, computer and multimedia laboratories, music studio, photographic studio and print and production workshops to build and test your digital creations
- Work on client-based problems in order to develop your portfolio skills
- Be supported by expert staff at the top of their game
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the international development field.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
From the internet and computer games, to mobile technologies and social media, digital consumerism continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and globally.
When you graduate from this course, your expertise in digital media production will place you in a strong position to explore a range of creative industry roles which incorporate the design and use of new media technologies.
Career opportunities include:
- Computer game development
- Multimedia production
- Graphics and video editing
- Digital video film-making
- Web design
- Training applications development
- Digital design
- A good honours degree in a Computing or Information Technology subject or an art-based subject with a significant information technology component, or equivalent professional experience and qualifications
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,500
- International students – £14,700
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £2,500 (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £4,900 (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you might need to purchase additional materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project. Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. This is typically in the region of £50 - £100
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Professional, Academic and Research Development
- Graphics Applications and Creative Technologies
- Masters Application of Creative Technologies
- Web Asset and Application Development
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- laboratory sessions
- project work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
Assessment is 100% coursework based, through a combination of individual and group projects.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.