Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts

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Course title Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts
Course code UBFAHDGAFT
Postnominal (BFA) (Hons)(Melit.) in Digital Arts
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Trevor Borg
Delivered by Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours in Digital Arts programme is a practice-based undergraduate award in art and design practice and theory, based on conventional studio practice and applied within the digital environment. It is a three year, full-time, single honours programme that develops a learning structure in which historical traditions and new practices confront and influence each other within a contextual, cultural and theoretical framework.

The course is aimed at students who aspire to become professional artists within the areas of Graphic Design, Digital Games, Web Development, Animation, Illustration and Photography. The course provides students with a holistic artistic education, with specialisation in two main routes in the second and third years, namely:

1. Graphic Design (Visual Communications, Web and Screen Design), and
2. Animation (Digital Games, Web, Television/Film and Digital Video Art).

The areas of Illustration and Photography are common and overlap both streams.

Through a combination of practical and theoretical modules, the course encourages the development of critical and original approaches to contemporary creative production and enables students to actively investigate the influence of new digital technologies in relation to creativity and visual communication. The programme provides a framework within which students are prepared for further academic research as well as integration into the various graphic design, illustration and animation industries which require a high degree of digital creativity.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course applicants shall:


(a) satisfy the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations of the University and be in possession of a pass at Advanced Level in Art


(b) be in possession of the Diploma in Design Foundation Studies from the University of Malta


(c) be in possession of a qualification comprising not less than 60 ECTS credits (or equivalent), classified at Level 5 on the Malta Qualifications Framework in an area deemed relevant by the Board, together with an Advanced Level pass at grade C or better in one of the following subjects English, Graphical Communication, History, Information Technology, Marketing, Philosophy, Sociology, or a subject (other than Art) deemed comparable by the Board, together with passes at SEC Level at Grade 5 or better in English Language, Mathematics and Maltese or


(d) be in possession of a transcript showing passes in 120 ECTS credits in respect of the first two years of study in a three-year MCAST Bachelor’s degree course in an Art and Design related subject, together with passes at SEC Level at Grade 5 or better in English Language, Mathematics and Maltese.

Applicants applying under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations who are not in possession of the qualifications listed above must present other professional qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Board that they have reached the academic standard to follow the Course with profit.

All applicants shall be required to attend for an interview and present to an interviewing board a portfolio of their recent works.

The interviewing board, which shall be composed of at least three members, shall determine the applicants’ eligibility to join the Course. The criteria for determining the eligibility of applicants shall be published at the time of the call for applications.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours in Digital Arts should:

• Apply their understanding of the history and theory of digital art and design to the analysis and evaluation of art and design outcomes in a variety of cultural contexts and settings;

• Articulate their personal vision through practice and theory and explain the same vision effectively to multiple audiences, in a variety of situations, and through diverse channels of communication;

• Fuse theoretical knowledge with the use of contemporary technologies to conceive, develop, produce, and present innovative artworks;

• Be prepared to conceptually and technically refine their work in preparation for professional artistic practice;

• Significantly contribute to the development of content in a variety of creative fields;

• Become eligible for gainful employment in areas with a focus on creative digital media production;

• Perform and communicate effectively as professional artists and designers, individually and collaboratively to propose, manage, and complete art and design projects;

• Prepare an effective professional portfolio suitable for career applications in the art and design industries or for admittance into highly competitive international graduate programs in art and design.
The course is intended for students who would like to pursue a career in areas of Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Visual Communications, Illustration, Photography and Animation.
The course prepares students for careers in the graphic design, the publishing and the digital games industries; the moving image and animation fields, as well as in more generalised areas which increasingly draw upon the creation of new media talent such as those of the audio-visual, gaming, mobile services, social software, and IT.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours in Digital Arts programme at the required level are eligible to read for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Digital Arts and the MA in Digital Arts (by Research) offered by the Department of Digital Arts, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences and also the Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Games offered by the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 30 March 2021

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