M.A. Digital Media - Technology & Cultural Form

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,870 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA in Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology.

It is designed to help you understand digital transformations in media, culture and society and apply this understanding in practice, in the media and creative industries and in further research. You will be equipped with skills that can be applied to current and future developments in digital media, social media, computing and other aspects of technology.

Students who study on this established and exciting degree benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the worlds leading media and communications departments.

You're taught by theorists and practitioners of international standing: Sarah Kember, Joanna Zylinska, Graham Young, Tony Dowmunt, Angela Phillips,Julian Henriques and David Morley.

The MA in Digital Media regularly attracts offers of work placements and internships. Recently these have come from Google, The Science Museum and N1creative.com

The department is also currently host to the renowned philosopher of media and technology, Bernard Stiegler and students will have access to his modulein Media Philosophy as well as priority access to the innovative and popular option After New Media. Designed to complement the MA in Digital Media, this course provides a framework for thinking about the current media environment as well as future forms of human and computer interaction.

Our students have access to state of the art facilities including well-equipped lecture and seminar rooms, exhibition spaces, computer facilities and digital media suites.

The MA in Digital Media educates aspiring media practitioners and academics as well as early and mid-career professionals who seek to reflect on their roles in a structured and stimulating learning environment designed to give all students up-to-the-minute knowledge of digital media and the skills to apply that knowledge to future developments.

About the MA

The MA in Digital Media has been redefining media theory and practice since 2004. Our students become proficient in:

* the history, sociology and philosophy of digital media
* the application of critical conceptual skills to specialist areas and future forms of media
* multimedia skills in image making (photography, video, animation, graphic art) script writing, journalism and documentary

In 2014-15 MA Digital Media students will have access the pioneering option After New Media, a non-assessed online module which explores the themes of self mediation, ethical mediation and intelligent mediation, and develops a framework for thinking about 'life' after new media. As befits a course of this kind we will be combining media, and exploring their pedagogic potential uniting digital-online technologies with more traditional teaching formats, such as reading groups, seminars and an end of year symposium.

Assessment: Seen take-home paper; essays; dissertation or practice/theory project and other production work in the area of documentary, image-making, journalism or fiction.

What you study

The MA offers two pathways:

Pathway 1 is a theory programme where you learn about developments in digital media and technology from a wide range of perspectives.

Pathway 2 is a theory and practice programme where you improve your skills, understanding and experience in one of the following areas: documentary; image making; journalism; writing.

Length

* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Contents

This MA offers two pathways.

Pathway 1 is a theory programme where students learn about developments in digital media and technology from a wide range of perspectives.

Pathway 2 is a theory and practice programme where they improve their skills, understanding and experience in one of the following areas: documentary; digital photography and image making; journalism; writing.

The programme comprises:

* two compulsory core modules;
* Pathway 1 - between two and four option modules (worth 60 CATS) OR;
* Pathway 2 - a two-term practice block (worth 30 CATS) and either one or two option modules (worth 30 CATS);
* the dissertation or the practice/theory project.

Careers

Our programme provides a theory and practice pathway and prepares students for work in the following areas:

* media and creative industries; advertising, marketing and PR (graduates of the MA Digital Media have found work with Virgin Media, Google, the BBC and other leading organisations worldwide)
* research and academia (graduates from this programme have gone on to study for PhD degrees in higher education institutions around the world and also here with us)
* media production and new media art (graduates have exhibited, published and produced work in photography, journalism, TV, documentary, film and multimedia)

Graduate Ekaterina discusses her career:

"I work for a company, called Visual DNA, which already sounds like life happening After New Media. The company is the largest data provider in Europe and is totally multinational. We actually try to analyse human visual DNA, you memories, feelings, thoughts about the future, anticipations, etc by creating personality quizzes where instead of verbal answers we tend to use images.

My role is as Creative Developer. It involves working with images from concept to finding/shooting and post-production. My qualifications perfectly matched what theyve been looking for, Digital Media rocks!

My tip for the new-to-be-graduates is this: physically go to places and companies and talk to people. It really opens up loads of possibilities, and when I tell someone where Ive graduated from they look impressed, and there is some sort of respect coming from them."

Skills

We provide graduates with skills that are cutting edge: in the critical analysis and/or creative production of digital media; in the disciplinary knowledge and conceptual frameworks necessary for current and future forms of media and technology; in the awareness of how digital media and technologies are re-shaping society from the ways we communicate (through social media and web 2.0) to the increasingly smart environments in which we live.

Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you arent a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Deposit

Due to the popularity of this programme we ask you for a deposit of £450 to secure any offer made to you after applying for the programme. The deposit will be credited against your tuition fees when you enrol. Please note: You will only be required to provide a deposit if you are offered a place, you do not need to pay a deposit in order to apply.

English language

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including a minimum 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent for this programme.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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