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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Digital technology has had a tremendous impact on all forms of communication in the 21st century. Using computers, visual artists can manipulate all forms of artefacts whether video, photographic images, sound clips or text to create exciting new experiences for audiences.

    Our course in Digital Arts offers you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in areas such as interaction design, web design, digital film-making, computer animation and special effects.

    Teaching in the School has been rated as excellent. The course is taught by a team of experts in communication, animation, film-making, photography and website design. We have a team of senior industrialists who meet regularly with staff to review our courses, and there is an option to spend a year working in industry.

    Teaching and assessment

    Most modules consist of a mix of lectures, seminars, studio work, computer sessions and private study. The workstations in our computer suites are equipped with current industry-standard software.

    All modules contain design and project work, and are continuously assessed.

    The specialist project at Stage 3 is assessed by a written report, a critique and, of course, the outcome of the project itself. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your degree result.

    The industrial placement year is assessed by a written report and an interview that together count as 10% of your overall degree result.

    Our students have 24-hour access to our extensive air-conditioned computer suites and are able to take advantage of dedicated photographic and production studios, with green-screen, motioncapture and 3D scanning facilities. Our Digital Media Hub provides a unique opportunity to work alongside industry on client-led projects.


    Studying on this new programme will not only equip you with an in-depth understanding of some of the most exciting technologies of the 21st century. It will also enable you to develop skills such as planning and organisation, leadership, and effective communication. If you are interested in setting up your own business, the Kent Enterprise Hub is there to offer help and advice.

    Graduates will find careers in areas such as: web design, film, games design, animation and internet publishing. Some may wish to go onto postgraduate study, such as our MScs in Computer Animation or Digital Visual Effects or an MA in Architectural Visualisation.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 480
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Stage 1

    You take eight 15-credit compulsory modules.

    Core modules

    • Digital Effects
    • Digital Photography
    • Digital Visual Narrative
    • Graphic Design
    • Introduction to Programming
    • Moving Image
    • Visual Communication
    • Website Design

    Stage 2

    You take two 15-credit and three 30-credit compulsory modules.

    Core modules

    • Digital Filmmaking
    • Digital Portfolio
    • Interaction Design
    • Professional Practice
    • Virtual Worlds and 3D Modelling

    Year in industry

    You spend a year working in a commercial environment between Stages 2 and 3. We have an Industrial Placement Team who can offer help and advice.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    • School Certificates and Higher School Certificates awarded by a body approved by the University
    • Subsidiary level credit or pass = pass at GCSE
    • Higher School Certificate pass = pass at A level
    • matriculation from an approved university, with a pass in English Language at GCSE/O level or an equivalent level in an approved English language test
    • passing one of Kent’s foundation programmes, provided that you meet the subject requirements for the degree course you intend to study
    • an examination pass accepted as equivalent to any of the above.

    If you haven't yet reached those standards, Kent offers a range of pathway programmes for international students which give you academic and language training before you begin on your degree.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.



    Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

    General scholarships

    Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

    The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

    At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.


    Accreditation and rankings

    All of our engineering degree programmes are accredited by our professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

    The Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, The Complete University Guide and the National Student Survey (NSS) continually rank us among the top schools in the UK for our degree programmes, standard and quality of teaching, as well as our commitment to enhancing our students’ employability.

    Our accreditation

    Our Engineering degrees have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Our accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

    Our programmes in Computer Systems Engineering and Electronic and Communications Engineering provide you with a broad grounding in these vital fields.

    Engineering Programmes at Kent have been continuously accredited by the IET for 30 years. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is an IET Academic Partner.

    EDA is proud to be a member of the Engineering Professors' Council – Promoting Excellence in Engineering in Higher Education.


    League tables

    • 100% student satisfaction with course and 7th place overall in Guardian League Table 2014
    • 4th for Electronic Engineering for Teaching Excellence – 2013 Sunday Times University Guide
    • 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student Satisfaction – 2012 Times Good University Guide
    • 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student Satisfaction – 2012 Complete University Guide
    • 3rd place for student satisfaction across the sector in Complete University Guide 2014

    National Student Survey (NSS)

    • 1st (for the fourth time) for student satisfaction, 2012
    • 3rd in the UK, in subject, for teaching, 2012
    • 3rd in the UK, in subject, for assessment and feedback, 2012

    Job prospects

    • 7th place across the sector in Complete University Guide 2014 for employability – 90% take up of work or further study six months after graduation
    • 14th in the UK for Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduating students' employment prospects, in Times Good University Guide 2012
    • 90% of Kent Electronic Engineering students found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of graduating in 2010
    • 95% of Kent Design studies students found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of graduating in 2010

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