You need a good honours degree (equivalent to 2i from a UK university) in art and design, computer science, or humanities. The most relevant undergraduate degrees are relevant to digital media – graphic design, communication design, interactive media, information technology – but also psychology, ethnography. The course attracts students with both BA and BSc degrees.
Possible weakness in the undergraduate degree may be compensated with relevant work experience, and other evidence that the student is motivated and able to study at this level. This may be demonstrated both through qualifications and portfolio of works.
Experience in digital media, user interface development and user interaction design is particularly valuable. Experience in an application domain (health care, business information, retail) is also relevant.
Exceptional applicants may have no first degree but more than five years working in information technology, the creative industries or humanities.
In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.
For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
The British Computer Society (BCS) accredits this course which means you may be able to gain exemptions from some BCS professional examinations.