Animation, games design, media technology, XR, post-production and VFX – if you’re interested in creative digital media, at the University of Salford we’ve got you covered. 

Our courses are designed and taught by industry experts with years of experience in the field. They’re all about teaching you the subject-specific and general skills you’ll need to enter the world of work, and they are delivered with support from industry contacts so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when you graduate.

Study with us and you’ll be based at MediaCity, one of the country’s leading digital and creative hubs. It’s home to more than a hundred creative organisations, large and small, so you’ll spend your days embedded in this creative culture.

You’ll be able to specialise in the areas that interest you, undertake live briefs and real-world assignments, and at the end of it all, you’ll graduate with a portfolio of work and the confidence you’ll need to make an impact from day one of your new career.

You will find details of our creative digital media and gaming courses below. 

If you are looking for industry-led short courses and masterclasses for professionals, visit the website for: The Pipeline



Spend two years gaining industry-ready skills in an area which interests you most through our DipHE courses.

Foundation Year

The shared Foundation Year provides the perfect opportunity for people who want more time to explore the key principles of art, design and media. The course is designed to help you develop your creative skills, it gives you a chance to build a larger portfolio, and provides a good transition period to familiarise yourself with the School of Art and Media and life as a student at Salford. The following are four year programmes: our shared Foundation Year followed by the degree programme: 



Spend three years exploring the areas of creative digital media which interest you. You’ll gain an understanding of the general skills you’ll need, and as you progress you’ll get the chance to shape your degree how you want to.

You can also explore our Film, TV and Radio Courses


These courses will allow you to build on your undergraduate and work experiences to far, to further develop your skills and job prospects in a specific area.

You can also explore our Film, TV and Radio Courses

Frequently asked questions

What is the Creative Digital Media and Gaming sector like in Greater Manchester?

The Creative Digital Media and Gaming sector is thriving in Greater Manchester with major employers in cyber security, media, e-commerce and more. The University of Salford has a state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity, the north-west's leading centre for film, journalism, radio, TV, digital media and gaming with companies such as the Steamforged Games, BBC, and ITV being based there.

Will there be networking events and opportunities to meet employers during my studies?

Having a campus at MediaCity means our students will be learning in one of the leading technology hubs in the UK. Our lecturers have built great working relationships with our neighbours which often translates into practical work experience or networking opportunities for our students. We also regularly have guest speakers from the media and gaming industries who often go on to offer work experience or internships.

Our courses are also designed to allow and encourage you to undertake live briefs and placements, meaning you could be working on producing real work for real clients while you study.

How do I know which course to pursue?

We understand that choosing a degree can be difficult. Start by thinking about which area of creative media technology interests you, and what job you can see yourself doing in the future. You’ll then be able to see which of our courses match up best with your ambitions.

However, it’s important to remember that with most degrees the skills you learn are transferable to other disciplines and when you graduate with us, you’ll have learnt a full range of skills to prepare you to enter a fast-paced industry.

We recommend you attend our upcoming Open Day to find out more about our campus, courses, and student life at Salford.

Are there any additional costs apart from course fees?

Don’t worry, you won’t be expected to spend large amounts of money on professional camera, lighting and development equipment. Everything you need for your studies is available through our facilities and equipment stores. You may wish to purchase their own laptop and hard drive, but these are personal choices as you will have access to computer suites with all the software you’ll need for your projects. You can also choose to loan a laptop through the Library for up to four weeks at a time.

Will I have the chance to build up my portfolio?

Throughout the course you will have the chance to learn new skills and create industry standard work which you can then put towards your portfolio. You may even create work outside of your assignment briefs which can also be used. 

To find out more listen to one of our BA (Hons) Digital Media and XR tutors and a current undergraduate student discussing Digital Media and their portfolio, in our podcast Campfire Talks.