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Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies MSc

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1-year full-time; 2-year part-time

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Brunel University London campus


Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2018 , students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2018/19 of up to £10,609. Find out more

About the course

This course provides a unique mix of multimedia and interaction design processes, design of 3D virtual reality and animation media, AV media and effects, and 3D media combined with real and virtual studio and on-location multimedia creation.

It not only focuses on the creative art and design aspects of digital media, but also on the theory and practice of the technical tools and techniques required for creating 3D, interactive real and virtual reality media through the development of design and technology knowledge, understanding and skills.



The MSc programme in Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the design principles and techniques required for the design of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia, and an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.

On this course you will:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the design and creation of combined real, virtual interactive and 3D multimedia and tools, to assist in the creation of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia.
  • Develop the ability to design complex combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia creations, and the versatility to apply a variety of different design tools and technologies across a range of different media areas to realise the creation.
  • Develop creativity and independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, further research, and for acquiring new skills at a high level.
  • Gain an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The course is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, self-study and individual and group project work. In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, results and techniques are explained, and immediate queries are discussed. Workshops and projects are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation plays a key role in deepening understanding, in developing research and literature review skills, and in applying knowledge and skills gained in the programme to plan, execute, and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to the design of multimedia artefacts.

Typical Modules

3D Computer Graphics and Advanced Animation 

The aim of this module is to cover advanced 3D and associated technologies including generative 3D modelling, real-time graphics, stereoscopy, animation and human movement and machine acquisition techniques. Complex forms will be visualised, simulated and tested on screen. The module will also explore the latest developments in rapid prototyping virtual reality and other forms of visualisation.

Multimedia and Interaction Design

This module will extend your knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of human computer interaction, using multimedia production tools and object based scripting, particularly for producing interactive content. It will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of graphic design, photography and video within the context of interactive multimedia and the state-of-the-art technologies revolving around the various interactive possibilities involved with digital media.

Audio Visual Post Production

This module will develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of post production and compositing to a professional level, with a particular focus on visual post production, but supported by a study of relevant audio post production techniques and principles.

3D Film Design and Production

This module will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in 3D production and post production technologies, including stereoscopic video capture, processing and 3D display. It will also explore more advanced 3D video acquisition and display technologies such as multi view and 3D holoscopic imaging.

Multimedia Research Directions

This module will introduce concepts of different types of research, present methods to identify research topics and formulate approaches, prepare plans for research and provide guidance on performing research experiments and evaluating novel systems and artefacts. Internationally renowned researchers and practitioners in creative media design also feature guest speakers.

Dissertation Project

This module will enable the students to apply the knowledge, skills and design practice acquired throughout the taught programme to research, develop and evaluate into a novel mixed (real and virtual) media product or service as a major dissertation student work.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Careers and your future

The programme fully prepares students for work in multimedia companies that develop rich media content. Specific roles graduates are expected to enter include:

  • 3D graphics designers and animators
  • Audio visual pre and post production designers
  • Real and virtual studio designers
  • Games designers and programmers
  • Multimedia learning tool designers
  • Broadcast TV media designers
  • 2nd generation internet media designers
  • 4th generation cellular media designers.

The programme also prepares students to carry out related academic research. A number of students in various disciplines within the College have stayed on to carry out a PhD at Brunel University London. On average, one student of high academic achievement per year is offered a PhD position.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Multimedia Technology,  or a related subject. Students from Film & TV; Art & Design; Communications; or Media Studies who show promise of technical aptitude, and students from Engineering, Science, including Social and Computer Sciences/Information Technology who show design aptitude ,will also be considered.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

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

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.

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 at the Brunel Language Centre.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed on practical and written elements of each module.

Special features

Advanced resources

Our green screen TV studio lab, audio studio and cutting edge design tools are amongst our range of advanced equipment available to students. Design tools used during the course include:

  • Advanced 3D Technologies – 3D Studio, Vicon Motion Capture, Motion Builder, 3D Stereo Video
  • Multimedia and Interaction Design – Flash and Action Script
  • Audio Visual Post Production – AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Logic Studio Pro
  • 3D Film Design and Production – Nuke, Ocular.

State of the art student projects and placements

Digital media students at Brunel are renowned for their imaginative, creative work. Here’s a selection:

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,100 full-time; £4,550 part-time

International students: £18,720 full-time; £9,360 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.