Digital Experience Design MA
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Full Time: £7,650
Part Time: £850 per 20 credit module
Full Time: £15,000
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Subject to validation – for September 2022 entry.
We occupy an increasingly demanding world where physical and digital realms are converging through social media, physical touchpoints the rapid growth of XR (extended reality). Our Digital Experience Design MA allows students to explore the physical and digital in a variety of real-world contexts to propose rich and immersive experiences responding to increasingly complex social and commercial concerns.
By challenging norms and pushing critical, creative, and strategic planning processes, we seek to equip you with skills to enable you to become innovative and transformative designers. Our Digital Experience Design MA programme is suitable for those with interests in graphic communication, spatial design, advertising, UX/UI, digital transformation and more.
Interested in applying to Digital Experience Design MA at UON? Contact our postgraduate enquiries team, to find out more via PGStudy@northampton.ac.uk.
- Exposure to industry practitioners and specialists across a range of traditional and digital design fields.
- Industry and research active staff with a range of specialisms, expertise and subject knowledge.
- Access to well-equipped design studios supported by technical demonstrators in a variety of traditional and emerging digital and virtual disciplines.
- Explore practice through industry-set provocations.
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This programme provides a post-graduate route for designers to enter a global market, armed with the thinking skills they need to become the transformative innovators of the future.
Specifically, the Digital Experience Design MA at UON is designed to equip students with key skills aligned to the Changemaker values. At the core of the proposed programme are the Ashoka U values of social innovation, social entrepreneurship & collaboration and delivered in accordance with the University of Northampton’s strategic mission: Transforming lives and Inspiring change.
This studio-based MA degree supports the free exchange and sharing of ideas, peer group research and analysis and critical evaluation within a positive and supportive industry-focused environment. It seeks to develop graduates with strong self-belief and the ‘soft-skills’ to confidently present their designs and opinions.
You will have a unique opportunity to redesign the increasingly digital world we live in and transform lives for the better through a targeted interaction with physical environments, augmented by the digital. You will use human-centred design to solve local and global challenges and see complex design problems as unique opportunities to create integrated digital experiences that deliver positive impacts. This is an age where designers are seizing the initiative, shaping their sector, and joining with governments, businesses, consumers, and the public at large to change society.
You will set the agenda for how people interface with an increasing range of amorphous digital and physical touchpoints. You will be the disruptive innovators who will be at the forefront of all our digital futures; be they social or commercial; recognising the needs of changing demographics of place, increasingly amorphous communities, environmental issues, race, and gender; recognising how the digital and physical landscape surrounding us has negative and positive effects on how we interact with each other.
You will be super-charged creative collaborators who can work with multiple partners to deliver your vision across traditional design boundaries. You will not only understand the needs of clients and end-users, but be able to partner with developers, product designers, architects, gamers, and content creators to bring digital experiences to life and will have an appreciation of the interactions between environments and the needs of audiences and consumers.
Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in a related creative, graphic, media or interactive design discipline. Other candidates with relevant industrial experience may also be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
Prospective students should present a portfolio of work together with supporting evidence that is representative of their current creative practice.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
22/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £7,650
- UK – Part Time: £850 per 20 credits
- International – Full Time: £15,000
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £7,470
- UK – Part Time: £830 per 20 credits
- International: £14,000
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2022/23 or 2021/22 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
Subject Leader - Art & Design
Alexis Taylor is a Graphic Designer with specialisms in typography, branding and publishing. He has been a lecturer in graphic design since 2001 and has taught at a number FE and HE institutions.
He is Subject Leader & Head of Department of Art & Design at the University of Northampton, responsible for a range of courses including BSc Architectural Technology, BA Fine Art, BA Fine Art Painting & Drawing, MA Fine Art, BA Graphic Communication, BA Illustration, BA Interior Architecture & Spatial Design, BSc Product Design and BA Visual Communication. Alexis Taylor graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Cambridge School of Art after which he worked in London in the music and fashion industries, as well as later with clients including The Open University, BBC, the NHS. In 2004 he was a contributor to a publication that won an EMAP award for a self-published magazine, and his work has been featured in Creative Review. He gained his PGCE in 2009 and he has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2016.