Media Arts

We design our degrees to meet the challenges of the modern media, computer games and film industry. You'll learn from inspirational academics and award winning industry professionals. As well as visiting tutors, scholars and alumni from the film, TV and games industry and higher education. You'll be part of a dynamic and vibrant creative hub in the School of Arts where you'll develop imaginative and critical work. 

Our degrees in film and digital media equip you with the skills required by one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the UK. These include:

  • multi-platform skills
  • professional expertise
  • intellectual proficiency.

The music programmes are versatile and flexible, so you'll engage with:

  • popular and film music
  • contemporary composition
  • music production
  • and various traditions of classical music. 

Graduates have gone on to work for Universal, HBO, BBC, Framestore, The Discovery Channel and Sky TV.

Links with industry

Student work

Tom Burrows

Noumenon is a short film that follows the journey of an unnamed man as he completes varying questionable tasks.

Vanessa Ribeiro

Conserve is a psychological drama / thriller about a young girl in her 20's who learns to cope with her eating disorder.

Safi Sayd

The project Kaleidoscope was a collaboration between an animator and a 3D Modeller to create an indie game concept.

Lucas Contreras Brown

A samurai, viking and knight animation.

Yuki Takagi

MSc Digital Media Production – 3D Animation dissertation.

Guest speakers

Ken Loach speaking at Oxford Brookes
  • Ken Loach - Director: I, Daniel Blake
  • Terry Ackland-Snow - Art Director: Aliens (1986), Batman (1989), Dark Crystal (1982), The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Paul Webster – Producer: Atonement (2007)
  • Arti Shah – Performer: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016)
  • Sandra Hebron – Former Head of of London Film Festival, National Film and TV School
  • Quicksilver Media – Emmy and BAFTA award winning current affairs Production Company
  • Nick O’Dwyer – Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning documentary filmmaker
  • Andrew Pulver – Film Critic and Editor
  • Gillian Kelly – Producer, reporter and journalist for ITN and Good Morning Britain
  • Johannes Roberts – Director: 47 Metres Down (2017)

Research in Digital Media, Film and Music

Our lecturers in Digital Media, Film and Music are active researchers exploring areas as diverse as:

  • Italian cinema audiences of the fifties and sixties,
  • violence and masculinity in popular culture,
  • data-mining film reviews,
  • virtual reality and the avant-garde,
  • complex film-making in Hollywood focussing on the work of Christopher Nolan,
  • modulations in American Country-Rock,
  • audience reception for the operas of Puccini,
  • the sounds of grassroots football
  • experimental approaches to electronic composition.  

In the last HEFCE research assessment (REF2014) areas of expertise identified included Mediterranean Cinema, audience studies and film as spectacle. 

Particular areas of expertise identified by HEFCE include Opera studies, Historical Musicology, Popular Music and Composition. 98% of the research activity carried out in Music was considered to be worthy of International Recognition. And 26% of the research activity was assessed as World Leading (4*) – the highest possible category.