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Digital Media BA (Hons)

What is Digital Media BA (Hons)?

Prepare to join the largest and fastest-growing media industry in the world, on a course that’s built on employability.

Our media, journalism and communications courses were ranked 10th in the UK for teaching and 3rd in the UK for academic support according to the National Student Survey 2023.

It’s designed in conjunction with experts at Google and our industry-facing curriculum means you’ll be learning and practising the skills you’ll need to succeed from day one. You’ll be pitching to major international clients such as HyperX and Unilever from your first semester onwards.

The course provides you with a core set of established, fundamental skills before building on that with emergent technologies and platforms to give you a competitive employment advantage.

Using proven industry concepts including Google’s ‘Design Sprint’ platform, you’ll begin with fast, agile developmental projects. You’ll work with live briefs from international clients that are designed to help you become an adaptable, innovative and creative problem-solver.

Then through a process of guided practice, experimentation and specialism through your second year, you’ll complete the course with a large self-directed project and industry placement.

You’ll be assessed by coursework throughout the course. Assessment briefs are written to provide flexibility, and allow you to take a number of different creative approaches. By the end of your second and third years, you’ll be invited to display your work in public-facing exhibitions, attended by industry professionals.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham P314 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham P314 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Digital Content Producer
  • Social Influencer
  • Web Designer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Virtual Reality Producer
  • Podcaster
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Traditional Broadcast roles
  • UX Designer.

Our graduates have gone onto high-profile organisations including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Jungle Creations, Digital NRG, Sanctus, Queens Park Rangers, Mulberry and Peugeot.

Industry links

Building on the broad range of established skills and experiences vital for success, you’ll also explore and practise a wide variety of emergent technologies and platforms. Developing within these future-facing experiences and ideas gives you a competitive advantage in industry.

Our annual guest speaker list includes YouTube entrepreneurs Yogscast, graduate and founder of Entirety Labs Ross Silcocks, and Nataly Rios from Transmedia pioneers Conducttr.

Alongside the core curriculum, you can also take advantage of our ‘DMx’ extra-curricular concept that provides ongoing access to real-world projects and industry links.

Key industry areas

In the first year, you will be introduced to key industry areas such as web and app design, video production, photography, graphic design, VR, 3D CGI and audio design, and you’ll be refining these with regular industry-facing Sprint projects.

Develop your experience

In your second year you’ll take these skills and experiences into collaborative projects, and you’ll be introduced to more emergent platforms such as immersive content, projection mapping, maker culture, and production for the ‘Internet-of-Things’. In your final year, you can specialise in your chosen area with close support from our award-winning tutors, all of whom continue to work in industry.

Exceptional facilities

You’ll have the space to explore web technologies, moving images, app development and emergent tech. You’ll be introduced to VR, maker-culture, Internet-of-Things and smart-object projects with platforms including Oculus, GoPro, Insta VR, mobile technologies, Arduino, Teensy, Google Project Tango, embeddable sensors and interactive peripherals.

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Ranked 3rd in the UK for academic support and 10th in the UK for teaching satisfaction - NSS, 2023

Our media, journalism and communications courses were ranked 3rd in the UK for academic support and 10th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2023.

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Ranked 7th in the UK for teaching quality

Our communications & media Studies are ranked 7th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student experience

Our communications & media studies courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction

Our communications & media Studies courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2023.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have options for field trips to a range of European cities for cross-platform content production, as well as events such as Transmediale in Berlin, Ars Electronica in Linz, The Lumen Prize, and our annual free visit to the London Design Festival.

"My vision for Digital Media is centred on grounding our students with the traditional skills of storytelling and image making"

“My background is in design and the visual arts, where I use emergent technologies alongside other forms of media to engage audiences and create participatory experiences and installations. My ongoing practice has seen me working in a wide range of settings, in the UK and internationally and one of my missions as an educator is to pass on this passion for creativity and communication to students.”

Stefhan Caddick, Academic Course Leader in Digital Media

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