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Manchester Metropolitan University: Emergent Technologies

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department School of Digital Arts View department profile
Telephone 0161 247 69 69
Study type Taught


This course (offering additional specialisms in Technology for Social Good and XR Immersive Arts) places you at the cutting edge of new and emerging fields of innovative creative practice. It will not just extend the boundaries for studying the latest creative technologies, but will actively encourage you to experiment and develop your practice in an interdisciplinary incubator environment, opening up new arenas as you progress, and supporting you to define new fields of digital creative technologies.

You will be based in the School of Digital Arts (SODA), located in the global city of Manchester, offering a brand new purpose-built building. Equipped with the latest emerging technologies, it will enable you to develop industry-standard skills for creating and researching content across the latest digital platforms. It’s a place that offers the opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic creative community of sound designers, filmmakers, photographers, games developers and more. SODA is also home to staff from a wide range of disciplines, who are research active and experts in their chosen areas who have well-established links to the wider creative media, arts and digital tech industries.

The exciting interdisciplinary nature of this course offers a range of collaborative opportunities with students across other SODA courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as across the wider university and international partners, developing your creative expertise along the way. Whilst technical and creative skills development in the use of digital tools is central, there is also a strong focus on the skills needed for effective collaboration, and the cross-disciplinary, conceptual and entrepreneurial thinking needed to produce and disseminate creative digital content to audiences and clients.

The course will offer you an exciting opportunity to form new approaches to conceptualising and making digital content, establishing new and thought-provoking work that will change the way you think about storytelling, technologies, partners and audiences.

Please note that the optional specialisms within this course are subject to change.

Features and Benefits - You will join a course that fosters interesting and diverse engagement with external partners within the Manchester, the region, nationally and internationally.

  • You will become an integral part of the School of Digital Arts, home to a creative community of interdisciplinary research staff and students with expertise in diverse fields of practice such as Animation, Filmmaking, Photography, Games Art, Immersive Arts and Sound Design.

  • You will have the space, guidance and technical resources to enable you to develop your independent practice by investigating a range of concepts, practical and critical research methods, whilst taking advantage of the transdisciplinary activities provided by our unique offer of optional units and Co-Labs.

  • You will have the opportunity to extend and develop your experience in the professional sphere by being introduced to our close links with national and international educational partners, research communities and strong links with the creative and digital sectors across the UK.

  • By joining SODA at Manchester Met, you will become a part of the University’s dynamic research community within a city that is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Europe with a burgeoning arts scene and creative industries sector.


Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Digital Arts


Who we are
Opening in 2021, the new School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a purpose-built, interdisciplinary school at Manchester Metropolitan University, one of the UK’s largest universities.

It is a £35m investment into the future of storytelling – supporting the growing demand for skilled workers in the creative digital and tech sector.

The School will provide state-of-the-art facilities, workshops and professional networks, alongside teaching and research environment to create the next generation of creative digital practitioners.

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