MSc in Creative Computing


Program Description

Push the boundaries of digital creativity on our MSc Creative Computing course.

Leverage creative technology to design interactive experiences that inspire curiosity.

Develop skills in digital storytelling, creative research and project leadership.

Refine your co-working skills via interdisciplinary creativity and industry insight.

Creative Computing is everywhere. The collision of good ideas and technological innovation continues to enhance how we communicate, learn, play, work and live. Our growing reliance on computing tools and experiences nevertheless demands a new form of talent - people who are technical yet creative, analytical yet playful, and experimental yet business-minded.

MSc Creative Computing has been designed to respond to this growing need within the creative industries. You'll undertake modules designed to enhance your understanding and application of technology in a creative context while gaining essential skills in creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration and enterprise.


MSc Creative Computing aims to develop high-value postgraduates that can enhance the output and trajectory of any digital agency. You'll be taught the key skills needed to conduct creative research, shape a product to 'market ready' stage, and collaborate productively with practitioners within unfamiliar fields.

This is a flexible course that responds to your practice - whether you're a game designer, software developer, animator, web technologist or more besides. You'll undertake modules designed to enhance your understanding of the creative industries and digital creativity more widely, yet on your own terms, with an emphasis on deploying your own creative and technological skills in new, rewarding contexts.

MSc Creative Computing helps you become a well-rounded and capable creative technologist with the capacity to generate original ideas, evaluate their sociocultural and commercial impact, prototype, and then identify the most effective routes to market. Throughout the process, you'll be supported by a team of talented artists and developers who each have significant experience in the field of creative computing in both research and industry settings.

Course structure

Story Lab

Interrogate the intersection of storytelling and digital creativity. You'll collaborate with Creative Computing and Publishing students to create artefacts that inform, persuade or entertain.


Hackspace takes an experimental approach. You'll develop demonstrable proof-of-concept artefacts that target a selection of creative tools and technologies.

Research Methods

Gain essential knowledge of project scoping, objective setting, data collection and analysis methods, and effective documentation.

Creative Leadership

Learn how to lead teams to shape original social enterprise or commercial ideas for the marketplace. You'll work with members of the Creative Computing subject team to project manage and support undergraduate students who are negotiating an in-house creative incubator.

Devised Projects

A practice-led research investigation in the field of Creative Computing. Here you have the opportunity to refine your creative and technological skills, apply research and development skills, and importantly, create something that nobody has created before.

How will I be assessed?

MSc Creative Computing is entirely coursework assessed. You’ll deliver a varied and balanced collection of computing artefacts, tech experiments, and interactive experiences. Project work is supported by contextual essays, research reports, reflective commentaries, sketchbooks, development documents, and presentations.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through creative workshops, technical labs, seminars, and individual mentorship. In addition, there are opportunities to engage students studying BSc (Hons) Creative Computing as well as key players in various digital agencies and tech companies in the South West.


Work placements, industry links and internships

We collaborate with various digital agencies, tech companies and creative technologists across Bath, Bristol and beyond. Our students are invited to collaborate with the creative industries, which includes staff-led research work and commissions. You may also draw upon our networks to help secure work placement and internship opportunities.

A small selection of our contacts and collaborators include:

  • IBM Watson
  • Bristol Virtual Reality Lab
  • Pervasive Media Studio
  • Complete Control
  • Create Studios
  • TechSpark
  • Network N


Careers for graduates of MSc Creative Computing are wide-ranging. Options include:

  • Creative technologist (various roles)
  • Roles within digital marketing
  • Web and mobile app development
  • Producer roles within digital agencies
  • Computer graphics designer
  • Interface and interaction designer
  • PhD study

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,195
  • UK/EU students part-time - 2019/20 entry £3,600
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £13,300
Last updated May 2019

About the School

Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push bound ... Read More

Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well. Read less