This exciting programme provides you with practical skills and design expertise in digital arts, opening up career opportunities in a range of areas within the creative industries. The course gives you a broad grounding in digital photography, graphic design, 3D modelling and animation, compositing, tangible media and video games design.
Teaching at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been rated as excellent. The course is taught by a team of experts and industry professionals in the areas of web design, photography, graphic design, 3D modelling & animation, post-production effects and artistic video installations. Most modules consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer sessions. All modules are continuously assessed.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you are given a broad grounding in digital media, including website design, digital photography, moving image, graphic design and special effects.
In your second and third years, you go on to explore digital filmmaking, 3D modelling, 3D animation, compositing, digital portfolio production and video games design.
In your third year, you also complete a project based on your own interests. This could be an interactive web application, 3D animation or a short film, often produced in association with an industrial partner.
In your fourth and final year, you cover specialised topics in depth. For example, you could choose to study animation principles and also look at action and acting in animation. You take part in group projects where a professional studio environment is simulated so that you become familiar with standard industry practice.
For your Master's project you draw on all the skills you have learnt to produce a video short in high definition, demonstrating your technical and creative skills and your flair for innovation.
BA (Hons) programme
We also offer a three-year Digital Arts degree. For details, see Digital Arts.
Year in industry
You can take this course with a year in industry, which can improve your skills and your employment prospects. For details, see Digital Arts with a Year in Industry.
Four final-year students from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts worked with the BBC to produce a five-minute animation documenting mental health treatment as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. It tells the story of Sophie, who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, and details her experiences with mental health services in the UK.
In May 2018, the animation won a BBC Ruby Award. The Ruby Awards celebrate outstanding programming from across the country and span a range of categories from news coverage and best programme to awards for individual journalists.
Find out more:
- Students work with BBC to produce animation for Mental Health Awareness Week
- Video by Kent students on mental health failings leads to NHS apology
Our continued investment ensures you have access to industry standard facilities. These include:
- a production studio with extensive lighting grid and a permanent green screen with infinity curve; the main studio has 100m2 of filming and performance space
- Nikon DSLRs
- Sony video cameras
- 3D printing and motion capture facilities.
We have close links with those working in the creative industries and have worked with industry practitioners including:
- the BBC
- Warner Bros.
- the Moving Picture Company (MPC)
- BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmakers.