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Digital Design and Branding MSc

Course code

W200PDIGDBR

Start date

January

September

Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

2 years full-time with placement

3 years part-time with placement

Fees

2021/22

UK £9,650

International £19,855

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Our Digital Design and Branding MSc degree is a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design. It has been designed to equip you with advanced knowledge and practical skills required for a creative role in the digital branding industry.

You’ll develop deep understanding of advanced digital design practices within the context of branding.

Our modern, industry standard digital media facilities include a green screen and post-production studio, motion capture, sound and photography studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You'll have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing workshops and benefit from the latest industry standard specialist software for graphic design and image/video editing, 3D animation, digital compositing and rich interactive content creation. There's also the opportunity for you to use our immersive virtual environment laboratory. This includes an immersive dome (planetarium) set up for Brunel by the National Space Centre in Leicester, and is one of only a few in the UK!

There are guest lectures covering lots of different digital media topics and the visiting lecturers provide advice on how to structure your portfolio and showreels. Speakers include creative and design directors, user experience designers, 3D graphic supervisors, as well as mobile and web developers.

Visits are arranged to TV and photography studios, and post-production houses. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and this is your chance to build networks with key industry experts. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London for trips to exhibitions celebrating the creative industries.

Our digital design and branding MSc can be studied full-time over one year, or two years with a placement year. Alternatively, the course can be studied part-time over two years, or three years with a placement year. For both full-time and part-time study, the course is taught on one set day per week (currently Wednesdays), making it easier for you to fit in with your other commitments.

We encourage the placement year option as it provides you with a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience in the ever-growing creative industries and prepares you for a career that is appropriate to this exciting subject area.

A calendar highlight is the BrunelDigital degree show hosted on Brunel’s one London campus. Exhibiting your creative work at this event is a great way for you to connect with leading creative technologists and showcase your talent.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You will study five compulsory modules and create an impressive portfolio of work. The dissertation project involves the development of a convincing digital branding campaign.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 2 years full-time with placement or 3 years part-time with placement, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, 2 years full-time with placement or 3 years part-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

A digital design and branding degree from Brunel fully prepares you to provide digital branding solutions in modern, effective and innovative ways.

Brunel’s location close to the large concentration of creative industries in and around London means that there are a variety of job opportunities available.

Our graduates take on digital design roles as UX designers, interaction designers, digital product designers, web designers, creative directors, visual/graphic designers, and brand managers.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in design; computer engineering; IT or a related discipline.

Other related subjects with evidence of design experience (minimum 3 years) will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note that we do not require a Design portfolio as part of the application for this programme. In the unlikely event that we do need this we will contact you.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£9,650 full-time

£4,825 part-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£19,855 full-time

£9,925 part-time

£1,385 placement year

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our digital media degrees are delivered by a multidisciplinary teaching team. This means you’ll be learning from staff with experience in the digital industry as well as staff from academia including researchers. They will encourage individuality and support you to create innovative work.

Study will combine seminars, tutorials, media workshop and studio sessions, independent learning, and individual and group project work.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via individual and group digital design assignments, demonstrations and presentations, structured debates, and your individual dissertation project.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.