Create engaging and innovative content on this full-time Digital Media degree at Cambridge School of Art. Choose to study abroad in the Netherlands for one semester, and receive ongoing support to find work placements. Your experience in multimedia across different platforms will help you stand out in a range of UX design and content creation careers.
- Futureproof your career – pick up many of the skills highlighted by Microsoft as the ‚future of work’.
- Our Design & Crafts courses ranked 8th in the UK for ‚Satisfied with Course’ and 3rd for ‚Satisfied with Teaching’ in the The Guardian University Guide 2020
- Receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience.
- Show your work to industry professionals at our end-of-course degree show.
- Live and work in Cambridge, at the forefront of the digital revolution
- Study abroad for one semester in the Netherlands, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
Digital media is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, and the need for creative and innovative designers and artists has never been higher. Our course will help you develop your artistic vision for the future of digital content using research and analytical skills to underpin your most innovative and creative ideas.
You will follow briefs and challenges that come straight from industry and will have the chance to work with students from other courses in team based collaborative projects. Based in the Cambridge School of Art, you will study in a culturally and artistically rich environment and benefit from our industry-standard facilities and vibrant community. Cambridge itself is at the forefront of the digital revolution, with many digital agencies and digitally-reliant companies starting up or opening divisions here in recent years, including Sookio, Onespacemedia and Amazon.
Our teaching staff and technicians will support you to develop your skills in drawing and visual communication, core design skills, interactive design, video, digital photography, web design, mobile apps, sound design, user interfaces and digital animation, as well as transferable skills that are in high demand such as team work, project planning, digital portfolio creation and marketing.
At the end of the course you will showcase your work as part of our annual Degree Show, attended by industry professionals, recruitment agencies, parents, friends and alumni.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our links with major companies in Cambridge, including Frontier and Jagex, will allow you to engage with live briefs and competitions to enhance your portfolio and give you experience of working life.
Our in-house employability advisers organise and run workshops, seminars, networking events, portfolio reviews and design challenges. They’ll also help you find vital work experience, allowing you to graduate with the skills and confidence you’ll need to succeed in the creative workplace. Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty’s employability support.
By completing our BA (Hons) Digital Media course you’ll be prepared not only for roles in the current digital media industry, including web design, social media analysis, content writing, videography, motion graphic artist or interactive designer, but also for near-future careers as detailed in Microsoft’s ‚Tomorrow’s Jobs’, such as digital culture commentator or virtual habitat designer. You might even invent your own new role in this fresh and exciting cultural landscape.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Creative Digital Media
Photography: Post Production Workflow
Digital Media Design
Introduction to Web Design
History of Digital Media
Year one, optional modules
English for Study 1
Year two, core modules
Debates and Practices
Year two, optional modules
New Media Design – Graphic Design for Screen Based Applications
Time Based Media
Business for the Creative Arts
3D Computer Generated Imagery
Writing for Sequential Images
Graphic Design for the Web
Contemporary Digital Approaches
Building an online Audience
Year three, core modules
Digital Media Specialised Practice
Year three, optional modules
Working in the Creative Industries
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
Our modules allow you to demonstrate your progress by producing coursework to set projects, and formal briefs. At the end of each semester you’ll submit design work for practice-based modules, and a written document for contextual/theoretical modules. These will then be graded and you’ll receive written feedback.
You’ll also receive on going feedback on your design project concepts and develop your learning in taught sessions, one-to-one discussions, project reviews, peer to peer feedback and group critiques.
Where you’ll study
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.