You can choose to apply for the MSc either full-time (in a year) or part-time (between 2 and 6 years). Part-time students can exit the programme at any stage with the qualification they have earned, which is determined by the number of courses completed. You can study for a single course, a certificate, a diploma or the MSc, with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits being undertaken in any given semester.

There are two 12-week semesters each year, September to December and January to April. There are no courses offered during the summer months to allow students working towards the Digital Media Design Final project (Masters Dissertation) to access supervision.

Studying for a single course (20 credits)

Studying a single course will take a semester. You may select any 20-credit course from the list below.

Studying for the certificate (60 credits)

To graduate with a postgraduate certificate, you must complete three courses.  You may select any three 20-credit courses from the list below.

Studying for the diploma (120 credits)

To graduate with a diploma, you must complete six 20-credit courses from the list below.

Studying for the MSc (180 credits)

The full MSc is expected to take a year to complete via full-time study, or up to six years part-time. You must complete six courses (as detailed below) before beginning the Digital Media Design Final Project.

Compulsory courses

The following two courses are compulsory if you are doing the full MSc Programme part time or full time.

  • Media and Culture | Semester 1 | 20 credits
  • Digital Media Design Final Project | Semester 2 and summer period | 20 credits

Course options for semester 1

If you are studying full time you must select 40 credits from the following list of courses:

  • Introductions to Digital Design | Semester 1 | 20 credits
  • Interactive Visual Design | Semester 1 | 20 credits
  • 3D and Animated Design | Semester 1 | 20 credits
  • Sound Design Media | Semester 1 | 20 credits

Course options for semester 2

If you are studying full time you must select 40 credits from the following list of courses: 

  • Dynamic Web Design | Semester 2 | 20
  • Game Design Studio | Semester 2 | 20
  • Design, Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Semester 2 | 20

Compulsory course options for semester 2

If you are studying full time you must select 20 credits from the following two courses:

  • Digital Media Studio Project | Semester 2 | 20 credits
  • Digital Playgrounds for the Online Public | Semester 2 | 20 credits

The Course transcript will include the mode of study “Online Distance Learning”.


Are you interested in studying Digital Media Design - MSc Online Distance Learning at Edinburgh College of Art?