School of Art, Design and Architecture

MRes Digital Art and Technology

Immerse yourself in the world of emergent digital technologies. Integrating science, technology and art, we’ve created a multi-disciplinary, research-focused environment in which you can develop your own personal digital practice. From artists and designers to curators and musicians, our programme encourages critical discourse through the creative and innovative application of digital technologies.

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Key features

  • Break through the traditional boundaries of science, art and technology. Work in a cross-discipline environment and learn to implement pioneering digital technologies. 
  • Build a path to an exciting and dynamic career – our students have gone on to work as web designers, games developers, lecturers and digital consultants.
  • Engage in a dynamic and integrated approach to teaching, designed to nurture creative communities and define new areas of innovation. 
  • Participate in international research collaborations though close relationships with the Centre for Media Art and Design Research (MADr) and the Institute of Digital Art and Technology (i-DAT). You’ll also benefit from strong links to all of their affiliated PhD programmes.
  • Cultivate advanced digital skills through access to exclusive technological facilities including the Immersive Vison Theatre and IBM funded Smarter Planet lab. 
  • Join our network of award-winning graduates in the creative and technology sectors. Previous students such as Adam Montandon and Gianni Corino have gone on to win accolades from the Media Innovation Awards, Summit International Awards and Scrittura Mutante Awards
  • Study remotely, foster professional relationships and work alongside your studies through our flexible approach to learning. Modules are delivered via workshops and symposium sessions in digital media venues, supported by interactive online technologies. 
  • Establish and define your personal digital practice through your major project. Tailor your assessment to your own creative needs, by choosing from different proportions of practical and written work. Explore your individual interests with the support of two dedicated project supervisors. 
  • Choose to study digital art and technology as either a Master of Research (MRes) taught programme or Research Masters (ResM) research programme.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Benefit from both online and offline learning, giving you the flexibility to study remotely and maintain employment alongside your programme. Learn to embed theory in critical practice and prepare for your final project. Investigate virtual, networked and augmented environments in context and explore new digital architectures through diverse development tools and models. Full-time study allows you to take taught modules in parallel with your research project over one year. As a part-time student you’ll study the taught modules first, followed by the research project over a period of two years. Undertake a creative and experimental production accompanied by a dissertation or report as your final major project. Choose from different ratios of practical to written work and define your own digital practice, exploring your individual interests. You’ll also benefit from having two allocated project supervisors.
    Core modules
    • DAT701 Invisible Architecture

      The module provides a foundation for the DAT programme introducing a variety of development tools, different models of 'space' and new digital 'architectures' to underpin the development of student's critical and practical approach to the use of online and offline networked technologies.

    • DAT702 Synthesis

      The module seeks to continue the principle of critical practice or embedding theory in practice. It requires students to produce a 'synthesis', - perhaps, but not necessarily, formed through the resolution of the contradiction between argument and counter argument. It is expected that the work for this module will form part of the research stage for future work (in particular, at the 'Project' stage).

    • DAT703 Project/Dissertation

      The MRes Project is student lead and negotiated through close liaison with an allocated supervisor, and developed from a student's particular interest in an aspect of the MRes Digital Art & Technology. The MRes project comprises of a significant digital art & technology research activity that should be creative and experimental in its approach and placed within a critical theoretical context through a project, dissertation, viva and research output.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

  • A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. 
  • Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

INTERNATIONAL

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2016 2017
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International Check with School £13,250
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School £350
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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
For more information please see: www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

People

Research

The Institute of Digital Art and Technology (i-DAT) engages in playful experimentation with data, making it tangible and accessible. With a focus on engagement and innovation, i-DAT challenges the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice.

Research activities are supported by a diverse range of organisations, including Arts Council England, Sony and IBM.

Visit the i-DAT website

ResM with the School of Art and Media - further details

You can also take this course as a Research Masters (ResM). With the ResM you'll have some taught elements and an extended research phase. There is the option to study full time or part time.

You may also have the opportunity to progress directly into a PhD programme.

Find out more about the ResM pathway

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