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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts








(BFA) (Hons)(Melit.) in Digital Arts

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years



Vince Briffa

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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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.
MOBILITY PERIOD 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.
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 the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Arts and Design or Creative Media Production, together with an Advanced Level at grade C or better in one of the following subjects: English, Graphical Communication, History, Information Technology, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology, or a subject deemed equivalent by the Board, together with passes at SEC Level at Grade 5 or better in English Language, Mathematics and Maltese


(d) be in possession of an MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in a related subject, together with passes at SEC Level at Grade 5 or better in English Language, Mathematics and Maltese.

Applicants applying under sub-paragraph (a)(iii) of paragraph 2 of the Admission 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 2017.

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




Last Updated: 22 June 2017
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