Ph.D. On Campus

Digital Media Arts

University of Surrey

48 months
17600 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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In the vibrant and expanding Digital Media Arts programme of the University of Surrey, 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.


Why choose this programme

The Digital Media Arts programme of the University of Surrey 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.

Our Guildford location is  a short train journey from central London and a town which is home to some of the most well-regarded games developers, immersive media producers and web design agencies, including:

  • Supermassive
  • MediaMolecule
  • Electronic Arts
  • Figment Productions
  • BlueGFX
  • Criterion
  • and many others.

We regularly enjoy visits and engagements with the London production and VFX community, which includes:

  • Framestore
  • Moving Picture Company
  • Blue Zoo
  • Nexus
  • Milk VFX
  • KeyFrame Studios
  • and many more.

We also maintain close links with the British Film Institute, BAFTA, Animation UK, Visual Effects Society, SIGGRAPH London, UKIE and plenty of other industry networks crucial for you to connect with.

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.

Surrey’s multi-disciplinary Doctoral College will cater to your academic and institutional needs and is a great way of linking you with fellow postgraduate researchers from Surrey’s wide variety of other disciplines.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Emerging media
  • Practice research
  • Creative production
  • Art, science and technology interactions
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality
  • New immersive experiences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a good honours degree and usually a MA in a relevant Arts subject or appropriate professional experience.
  • Candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research will be required to provide evidence of appropriate experience and expertise.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £8,800

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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