Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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

The established and exciting degree 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.

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.

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

**Acclaimed academics and practitioners**

Benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the world’s leading media and communications departments. The programme is convened by Professor Sarah Kember and you will be taught by theorists and practitioners of international standing.

**Work placements and internships**

The MA in Digital Media regularly attracts offers of work placements and internships. In the past these have come from Google, The Science Museum and There is also £6,000 bursary available for UK students studying this course. Find out more about the Stationers' Postgraduate Bursary Scheme on our departmental awards page.


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 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.

**An established record**

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

MA Digital Media students have access to the pioneering option ‘After New Media’, currently 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 well as accessing a series of podcasts, students are offered reading groups and a masterclass with Professor Sarah Kember co'author of the book Life After New Media on which the course is based.

Course Modules

Core modules: Digital media: critical perspectives; technology and cultural form: debates, modules, dialogues. Option modules: Race, empire and nation; the city and consumer culture; embodiment and experience; media geographies; media; ritual and contemporary public cultures; music as communication and creative practice; promotional culture; public culture and everyday life; the structures of contemporary political communication; asking the right questions: research and practice; campaign skills: theory and practice; journalism in context; media, law and ethics; contemporary screen narratives in practice and theory.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,130 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £16,080 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • 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 if you aren’t 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. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us.