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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Digital Media Multimedia (Computing) Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

Our Digital Media Arts MA is taught both at the University of Brighton and at Lighthouse. Lighthouse is a digital culture agency and a key part of its work is education and professional development. Through short technology labs and courses they help empower the digital artists and creative engineers of tomorrow.

We have developed the course in the context of Brighton’s status as an important part of the media economy, adopting an interdisciplinary approach that allows you to use and develop your existing skills in an environment that encourages both innovation and high-quality production.

The course provides excellent training for artists, designers and arts professionals wishing to seek a career in the creative industries, offering expert education in the areas of interaction design, social media, programming, digital film, installation, public art and interactive art. You will learn core digital media production skills, explore a broad range of creative digital practices, and access the most up-to-date developments and critical debates in the discipline.

While our professional studio environment enables you to explore the full creative potential of digital media arts practices, we also encourage live project work so that you gain direct experience and develop valuable links to the digital media and wider cultural industries.

The course offers a suitable route and an appropriate academic grounding for PhD study, as has been evidenced by student progression on to PhD programs at the University of Sussex, Goldsmiths and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Why study with us?

Interdisciplinary programme that crosses the traditional boundaries of art and design

Professional studio environment with the latest digital media technology

Based in Brighton with exposure to a wide range of new digital and new media activity, and with close proximity to London

Partnership with Lighthouse, an agency at the heart of Brighton's digital culture

Guest lectures from leading industry figures such as Roman Verostko, Paul Brown and William Latham

International links with industry and creative practitioners including ISEA International, ACM SIGGRAPH and Leonardo

Links with Brighton’s digital industry in the public and commercial sector including Blast Theory, Wired Sussex and Brighton Digital Festival

Alumni network of designers, developers, agency directors and academics

Access to a media centre, film and design archives, library materials and research facilities

Live project work that gives you direct experience and a chance to develop valuable links in the digital media and wider cultural industries.


The Digital Media Arts MA is a practical course that teaches a range of skills in digital development and design that you can apply outside of university. The course aims to empower digital artists and critical engineers of tomorrow, in exploring the creative thinking that is critical to working effectively with technology.

Roles and organisations our graduates have gone on to include:

Lead technologist at Blast Theory
Digital artist, film director and performer
PhD candidate in digital media at University of Sussex
Creative director of the Nimbus Group
Designer and developer at The Patching Zone
Digital designer at School for Startups
Freelance web designers and developers
Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies, ‎University of Sunderland
Culture Shift, British Council
Brighton & Hove Museums and Galleries
Action Medical Research.

Different course options

Full time | Grand Parade | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Presenting a Body of Work
Cultures of Media Authoring and Web Design
Practice based Research Methods
Virtual Culture and Network Practices
Beyond the Screen: Interactive Installations
Critical Theory: Media Concepts Research Paper

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Relevant honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification and minimum one-year arts or design practice outside full-time education. Non-graduates with appropriate experience are also considered. Mature practitioners who have been out of education for a while are particularly welcome.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more