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De Montfort University: Digital Arts

Institution De Montfort University
Department Arts, Design and Humanities
Telephone 0116 250 6070
Study type Taught


This course is designed to prepare you for the professional world of digital arts practice by challenging you to experiment independently and collaboratively with new technologies. You will develop your own specialism in an area such as interactive visual and performance arts and media, networks and collaboration, haptic and audio interaction, performance technologies and the innovative application of new technologies to music. Graduates are ideally placed for careers as digital artists and creative coders, or to work in areas such as visual art, digital arts curation, game art, web content development and music technology.

The course attracts students from a broad range of backgrounds and seeks to use this diversity to enrich the learning experience. We will facilitate your collaboration with other students and maximise the potential for peer group learning at an advanced level. You will be empowered to experiment boldly and encouraged to take risks, with access to sophisticated industry-standard facilities that will allow you to push the boundaries of digital arts practice.

You will be able to build professional practice skills throughout the course – from understanding research methods and presenting your ideas to an audience, to exploring new digital technologies with established practitioners and producing individual bodies of work.

The teaching team is made up of award-winning internationally renowned digital arts practitioners and research-active academics, meaning that you will learn real-world skills informed by current research and the latest technologies. Our experts have created electronic soundtracks for dance and theatre companies and festivals, including the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the European Capitals of Culture 2013 and 2021, and have artwork in important collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum Computer Art Collections.

Key features:

  • Have the flexibility to push the boundaries of your chosen specialism, while gaining a multidisciplinary understanding and experience of digital arts practice in a real-world context.

  • Learn from a dedicated team of digital arts practitioners and research-active academics in hands-on collaborative workshops, and benefit from professional insights from guest lecturers.

  • You’ll be able to gain professional skills in communication, presentation and project planning by sharing your digital arts research with different audiences through a showcase event.

  • Actively contribute to discussion of contemporary issues in the field, with seminars designed for you to engage with perspectives from students across different backgrounds, enabling you to situate your practice in a wider context.

  • Join a community that is working together to co-design new ways of thinking to redefine the future of creative practice. 

  • With an optional year-long work placement you can gain valuable experience to further enhance your practical and professional skills.

  • Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish. You will have access to a range of digital facilities, including a number of graphics and multimedia labs complete with software for drawing, multimedia, 3D modelling, animation and video.


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