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  • Objectives
    This MA is a highly innovative course that will offer you the opportunity to study for an MA from distance in a part-time mode, making it ideal for those in full-time employment. The internet has transformed the digital arena and this course utilises its communicative qualities. In partnership with the University’s IT Research and Development Unit, this is the only MA course of its kind to be offered in the UK. It is ideal if you live outside London or abroad, or simply wish to study from home.
  • Academic Title
    MA Digital Arts
  • Course description

    Course Highlights
    Students join the course from all creative backgrounds: graphics, fine art, illustration and architecture. This course exploits the ability for the digital medium to cross over the traditional boundaries, offering a unique experience and the chance to explore ideas free from traditional constraints

    MA Digital Arts Staff
    The course team is made up of staff from both Camberwell and ITRDU (Information Technology Research and Development Unit). Course Leader, Andrew Stiff, has been teaching at Camberwell on various digital courses for the last five years. His work with multi-media arts cooperative, D-Fuse, has involved working on web, interactive and video projects. Recently he has exhibited in Rome and Seoul. The team also includes David Rowsell (Senior Researcher), whose professional activity in the field includes a partnership in Aend Corporation, web design, video post-production and multimedia company works.

    The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the Postgraduate Professional Development unit.

    In 2003, the quality of postgraduate learning at Camberwell was officially recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency, the higher education standards authority. The spirit of challenge engendered by the college’s postgraduate community and its capacity to incorporate both traditional and new technologies won special praise. The QAA found our teaching to be current, responsive to students’ needs and informed by staff research and professional practice.


    Weekly chat sessions form the basis of engagement between you and the College. This real time chat session will also become the centre of collaborative presentations between the face-to-face and the online course. Blogs will be used to supply weekly updates on project progress, and also form the basis for chat, tutorials and assessment. Students have become very inventive in the tools they are using to communicate, ranging from blogs and wikis to podcasting. The course does not focus on technology but, instead places the emphasis upon its creative use: as a tool to facilitate ideas. You will come to the course with your project proposal, which you will then research, contextualise and develop into a final piece of work. Staff with backgrounds in many aspects of the digital medium will advise and help develop your projects, encouraging you to be confident in your own digital skills and ideas.

    Career Prospects

    Students have gone on to establish themselves in graphic arts and the fine arts, exhibiting in shows from the UK to China. In 2006 one student won the Laing Arts Prize and has recently had a solo show in the Laing Art Gallery in the North East of England.

    Entry Requirements

    -A good honours degree in a related subject
    -Portfolio and/or slides of supporting work
    -International students must show proof of IELTS level 6.5 or above in English on enrolment
    -Project proposal

    Project Proposal
    Application for MA courses is by proposal. You’ll need to include with your application form a short proposal outlining your project, the research question it will address, its context, your methodology and the resources you would like to draw upon. Your project will need to be sustained to completion by a combination of independent study and tutorial advice. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.

    The Project Proposal should outline:

    -Research Question - What are you proposing to discover or explore?
    -Context - What work, both theoretical and practical, relates to your project?
    -Methodology - What methods will you employ to research your project?
    -Resources - What equipment, facilities and expertise will you require to carry out your research?

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