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MSc Creative Computing

Start date
September 2019
Course length
1 year 3 months full-time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

Course summary

MSc Creative Computing is an exciting mix of advanced computing and creative practice set in the context of a world-renowned creative university.

About this course

Explore creative computing and build your expertise in evolving areas such as advanced visualisation, physical computing and machine intelligence. Explore the advanced skills of coding such as Python, JavaScript and processing, and gain experience with development frameworks such as Open Frameworks and Unity.

This course explicitly explores computational thinking and this will enable you to engage with the cultural agency of computational technology.

The integration of computing and creative practice in MSc Creative Computing will help you gain the specialist skills required to build a successful career in creative practice, the creative industries or within the digital technology sector more broadly.

Great reasons to apply:

  • Learn the skills sought after in industry: Creative Developers are sought after in industry with their ability to both translate creative direction into code and deliver creative direction themselves. As a graduate from this course, you will be able to develop for the dominant frameworks that underpin much of the creative digital industries and lead creative work with technology.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching: you’ll be exposed to different modes of learning and develop a strong technical fluency with computational technologies with discovery-based learning rooted in creative practice.
  • High-quality research informed teaching: the course is significantly informed by the research themes of the newly established UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI). The CCI’s research themes of Creativity, Machine Learning and AI; Human Computer Interaction; Platforms, Big Data and Digital Citizenship are imbedded in units throughout the course.
  • Critical engagement with technology: through critical studies and creative practice the course will provide you with opportunities to question the trajectory of technology development and understand the role of technology in producing the future.
  • UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI): this newly established UAL will be located within the new building at Camberwell. You will have access to purpose built facilities and technical support, and exposure to creative computing research.
  • A material understanding of computational technologies: develop an appreciation of what computation is in both a technical and cultural sense. This understanding will enable you to challenge dominant ways of deploying technology at the level of code, for example re engineering facial recognition algorithms to challenge cultural basis.

Please note that MSc Creative Computing is 'subject to validation'. 'Validation' is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.


The newly established UAL Institute for Creative Computing will be located within the new building at Camberwell. As well as the purpose built facilities for the Institute, students will have access to the existing Camberwell facilities including a newly built library, canteen and campus shop.

Course details

MSc Creative Computing thoroughly explores computational thinking, enabling you to critically engage with the cultural agency of computational technology.

You will acquire an advanced set of applied computing skills covering the advanced computational workflows that support innovation in the digital technology sector. You will also extend your coding skills to include the advanced frameworks that underpin innovative creative computing practice in the crafting of bespoke digital experiences. Building on these skills, and through creative practice, you will develop your ability to innovate and explore advanced computational practice.

With units in this course informed by research from the Institute CCI, this course covers evolving areas such as advanced visualisation, physical computing, machine intelligence, and how the contemporary world is being defined through human computer interaction and social platforms.

For the advanced project, you will be encouraged to build your enterprise skills and externalise your work to potential industry contexts and platforms.

Course units

Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MSc course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.

You will respond to briefs that are set to test your learning, in the units described below:

Autumn, term one:

Unit summary:

  • Coding One: Advanced Creative Coding (20 credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Physical Computing (20 credits)
  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (20 credits)

Spring, term two:

Unit summary:

  • Critical Studies: Computational Thinking and Creative Practice (continued)
  • Coding Two: Advanced Frameworks (20 credits)
  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and Computational Environments (40 credits)

Summer, term three:

Unit summary:

  • Creative Making: Advanced Visualisation and Computational Environments (continued)
  • Coding Three: Exploring Machine Intelligence (20 credits)

Autumn, term four:

Unit summary:

  • Creative Making: MSc Advanced Project (40 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

You will undertake creative practice, applied computing including coding and computational concepts and critical reflection in each term. There will be opportunities for you to work in teams in discovery-based contexts that build the soft skills that are of benefit to the workplace.

Assessments methods

Assessments methods include:

  • Assessed coursework
  • Portfolio based project
  • Critical essays
  • Presentations through a range of media

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.


We will update this course from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either computer science, data science, computing, a joint computer sciences and arts/humanities degree, or a closely related subject. Or, from a creative discipline with substantial computational practice such as:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Web Design
  • Communication Design
  • Digital Design
  • Product Design

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications in a design-related or creative discipline;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Applicants without the required qualifications, but with professional experience may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system.

Additional Requirements

If applicants do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, they should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

Extra information required for applications to this course

You will be asked to supply a:

  • Micro portfolio (10 images, max)
  • Study proposal/project proposal

After you have submitted your application, the course leader will then review your work and may invite you to interview or interview you via Skype. They will then make a decision on your application.

The admissions team will be in touch soon after that to let you know the outcome, and to guide you through the next steps.


Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

Please say why you are applying for this course, outlining relevant prior experience and knowledge of the subject. Ensure that your personal statement is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes.

It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course will open in Spring 2019. Please register your interest to sign up for updates.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£10,890 (2019/20).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQ) fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete this register your interest form.

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Home / EU and international students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

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Careers and alumni

Developing your skills

Graduates of MSc Creative Computing will possess a material understanding of computational technologies and a set of computing and coding skills in demand across the digital sector. The integration of computational skills and creative practice taught in this course mean graduates will have the skills required in modern and evolving workplaces.

Career paths

Graduates will be well paced to work in the following roles:

  • Creative Technologist
  • Creative Developer
  • Web Developer
  • UX Developer
  • iOS App Developer
  • Software Developer
  • IoT / Smart Products Developer
  • Front – End Developer
  • Digital Strategist
  • Live Events Technologist
  • Technology Researcher
  • Machine Intelligence Developer
  • Broadcast Technologist
  • IT Specialist
  • Digital Project Manager
  • Digital Entrepreneur
  • Digital Creative
  • Interactive Designer

A proportion of graduates may also wish to pursue PhD study.

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