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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Surrey

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    APR-21, JUL-21, OCT-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Why choose this course

On our vibrant and expanding Digital Media Arts PhD programme, we embrace subjects that include: film, animation, visual effects, computational arts, video games, immersive media, digital acting, mediatised theatre, motion graphics, movement interfaces, performance capture, machine vision and interactive cinema. This provides you with an opportunity to undertake profound and meaningful practice-based and theoretical postgraduate research in these fields, where creativity and technology collide. Your skills and talents as a media practitioner, alongside intellectual curiosity, collaborative spirit, technical proficiency and sense of adventure, all come into play as you make use of the state-of-the-art facilities, great work spaces and dedicated multi-disciplinary supervision. You will also benefit from our extensive connections to the creative industries through our wide-range of partners within film production companies, animation houses, VFX facilities and studios. locally, nationally and globally.

On campus, we share a building and closely collaborate on a daily basis with the prestigious Guildford School of Acting. We also work closely with colleagues from Surrey’s Engineering programmes and have found touchpoints in nearly every other department Surrey has to offer. In addition to this, we are actively building relationships with other institutions close at hand and around the world, as we have found that collaboration and sharing is the only way forward for our precious arts, culture and technology communities.

What you will study

This is a programme which will take you beyond the bounds of mere study. You will undertake your own ground-breaking artistic practice into exciting and emerging fields such as virtual production, digital performance, pervasive filmmaking, contemporary animation, immersive audio-visual, experiential installation, digital art, creative computing and AI-based media production. We will also help you develop your contextual and theoretical knowledge in these and related fields. As a contemporary media practitioner and theorist, you will be fully encouraged to engage with topical research on current artistic and media practices, diversities, accessibilities and cultural impacts.

Application deadline

06 May 2021, 22 July 2021, 22 November 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 17,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Surrey

  • University League Table

    34th

  • Campus address

    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

The University of Surrey has over 140 nationalities in its international community.
38% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the globe.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 97 4

    30th out of 110 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    135 67%

    24th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69 69%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    39th

    41
  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    150 63%

    29th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    23rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%

    47th

    24

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