Digital Arts with a Year in Industry (BA (Hons))

University of Kent

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
- 4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Digital Arts with a Year in Industry at University of Kent

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 in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been rated as excellent. It is taught by a team of experts and industry professionals in the areas of web design, photography, graphic design, 3D modelling and 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 the following years, you go on to explore designing media environments, 3D modelling, 3D animation, compositing, digital portfolio production and video games design. 

You also complete a final-year 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.

Digital Arts student Romena talks about her course at Kent.

Year in industry

Your year in industry takes place between your second and final years. You can apply to companies offering either design or technology-oriented placements, depending on your own interests. As well as gaining invaluable workplace experience, you also have the chance to evaluate a particular career path, and, if your placement goes well, you may be offered a job by that employer after graduation. For further details, see Course structure.

You can also take this course as a three-year degree without a year in industry. For details, see Digital Arts.

MArt programme

We also offer a four-year degree where you can study specialised topics in depth. For details see Digital Arts MArt programme.

Student work

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

First-class facilities

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.

Industry links

We have close links with those working in the creative industries and have worked with industry practitioners including:

  • the BBC
  • Warner Bros.
  • Disney
  • the Moving Picture Company (MPC)
  • BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmakers.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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