Film, Animation and Digital Arts MA - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MA Film, Animation and Digital Arts

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Film, Animation and Digital Arts
PGCert Film, Animation and Digital Arts

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLG63005 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Music and Media

Programme Leader

WEINBREN Jon (Music & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide a learning and development environment which encourages creativity, diversity, collaborative practice and innovation in critical areas of contemporary moving image media and digital arts production
  • To enable development of students┬┐ creative, intellectual and critical potential through practical work and critical theoretical work in their selected areas of specialism within moving image media and digital arts production
  • To develop relevant up-to-date skills development in contemporary moving image media production practices and digital arts development, as well as foster the students┬┐ capabilities for continuous professional skills development to enable them to stay abreast of current and future developments in film, animation and digital arts creative techniques and technologies.
  • To enable students to innovate and experiment creatively and technologically in film, animation, digital arts and related areas of contemporary arts and media practices.
  • To foster debates in media arts practices
  • To provide a robust grounding for further research-based practice and practice-based research
  • To prepare students for meaningful engagement with and employment within the creative industries

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Creation, conception and production of film, animation and/or digital arts creative work outputs of increasing quality and ambition KCPT MA
Analytical understanding of and practical fluency in contemporary moving image media practices across film, animation and digital arts. KCPT PGCert, MA
Analytical interpretation of historical and contemporary contexts and practices in film, animation and digital arts. KCPT PGCert, MA
Ability to analyse and predict emerging trends in professional creative media industry practices KCPT PGCert, MA
Ability to create, research and produce engaging works both independently and collaboratively in their specialist areas. KCPT MA
Ability to articulate and communicate ideas, concepts and stories through visual media, verbal articulation and written documentation KCPT MA
Development of a professional portfolio or practice or significant relevant research outputs KCPT MA
Ability to engage constructively and positively with peers, tutors, professional mentors. KCPT MA
Demonstration of creative and technical project leadership. KCPT MA
Demonstration of applied curiosity and analytical interest in areas outside of their fields of study. KCPT PGCert, MA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.