The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a school of digital making, thinking and producing. Of coding, connecting and creating, where talent finds new skills and reaches new audiences. A school of future storytelling, of creative content, where technology inspires new ideas, and even new realities. Where imagination is an occupation.
We are a purpose-built school at one of the UK’s leading universities. A £35m investment by Manchester Metropolitan University, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP), SODA is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary school to support the urgent and growing demand for skilled workers in the region’s creative digital and tech sector.
Each year from 2021, over 1,000 students will study disciplines that span film, animation, UX design, photography, games design, games art, emergent technologies and more, often working on live projects with industry partners and frequently collaborating with fellow students and researchers. Our students will choose from a flexible mix of courses: Foundation Year, undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees that run alongside degree apprenticeships, summer schools and short courses.
The SODA building offers purpose-built workspaces, with the technical capability to respond to emerging trends and technologies in the creative digital industry. Not only will our staff and students have access to the SODA cinema and Gallery, but the shared work and social spaces, such as the double-height Digital Hall and a number of collaborative Commons, will facilitate innovative collaborations amongst a diverse community of researchers and educators.
With us, you’ll conduct research and deliver programmes that are grounded in the present, but offer space to explore the future – leading students to investigate what it means to be a creative media practitioner at the convergence of storytelling, technology and innovation.
Made in Manchester, experienced across the world.