Time Based Art & Digital Film BA (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Art & Design


Time Based Art & Digital Film at Dundee

Our staff team includes accomplished artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers.


Work by Sarah Maclean

Why study this course at Dundee?

The course formalises the study and practice of digital film alongside time based art. It offers you a near unique experience. This includes access to one of the only green screen visual effects studios in Scotland. We also offer you state-of-the-art, high definition technologies for live action and visual effects.

Teamwork is a vital part of contemporary creativity. We encourage students to explore collaborative ways of working and to engage with issues, organisations and people outside of DJCAD.

At the end of the course you will be able to produce a significant body of works in one or more of the following:

  • digital film
  • installation
  • sound
  • performance
  • interactive art and imaging

You will also be able to manage a series of self motivated projects which reflect your conceptual goals and personal philosophy.


Did You Know?

  • You will have access to one of the only green screen visual FX studios in Scotland

Our team

Our staff team includes accomplished artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers. We will encourage you to be innovative, visually creative, experimental and to use professional production methods. You will complete personal and group projects, exploring a growing range of genres and applications.


Who should study Time Based Art & Digital Film?

You are:

  • artistic
  • self-motivated
  • creative
  • experimental
  • original

You want to:

  • develop a portfolio of transferable technical skills
  • develop the required experience to create your vision
  • learn how to expand your creative ability
  • kick start a career in the creative industries
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Time Based Art & Digital Film showreel from DJCAD students at the University of Dundee.

Art & Media Programme

Time based art & digital film is one of three courses that comprise the art & media programme. The full list is art, philosophy, contemporary practices, fine art, time based art & digital film. This programme has an established reputation as the only interdisciplinary arts curriculum in Scotland.

The bringing together of three distinct pathways under the art and media programme offers a broad educational experience.  It also facilitates access to a wide range of staff expertise. This allows you to gain deep knowledge and expertise in your chosen subject pathway of time based art & digital film.

Our team of staff, including accomplished artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers, will encourage you to be innovative, visually creative, experimental and to use professional production methods. You will explore a growing range of genres and applications by completing personal and group projects.

Throughout the degree programme you will undertake a series of modules in contemporary media that engage and support your creative practice. Their purpose is to provide you with the necessary intellectual context in order to broaden your understanding of media issues. The intention is to develop your individual skills and competency towards time management, enabling self-reflective critique and practice, artistic expression and an individual philosophy that can be demonstrated through self-initiated and managed projects.

How you will be taught

The programme of study initially involves projects and workshops designed to help you, through experiential learning, to understand the fundamental discipline of your chosen subject. Many different approaches to teaching and learning are used including:

  • Regular seminars
  • Practical lectures
  • Studio demonstrations
  • Individual tutorials
  • and Group critiques

How you will be assessed

Your progress is monitored with structured formal reviews and assessments. At Level 4 a team of internal and external examiners conduct the final degree examination.

What you will study

Level 1 

Students can enter Time Based Art & Digital Film after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply for course W690).

Level 2

In Level 2 we will introduce you to a broad foundation of knowledge and experience. You will gain insight into photography, moving image, sound and interactivity. You will learn about the relevant equipment and varied media used in the production process for your choice of specialism. 

Projects and assignments help you develop the relevant learning, research and technical skills, exploring creativity and individual aptitude through each process.

  • Introduction to photography, moving image, sound and interactivity
  • Contemporary media theory
  • Self-motivated ideas and projects
  • Critical debate and exhibition
  • Tutorial and group critique

Level 3

Level 3 is designed to encourage experimentation, cross course projects, exploring ideas and making use of appropriate technical methods. 

All students prepare and present a programme of personal project work that reflects the research and development of ideas. During this year you will undertake a series of assignments designed to develop good professional practice necessary to succeed in your chosen career. 

  • Elective masterclass series
  • Self-motivated practice
  • Tutorial and group critique
  • Professional practice and group exhibition
  • Theoretical Studies
  • Elective modules such as Materiality & Meaning, Contemporary Portrait, Printmaking etc
  • Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution. These options can include NSCAD (Canada), Brno (Czech Republic) or Bologna (Italy).

Level 4

In your final year you will organise and present a personal programme of study that will form the major part of your submission for the Honours degree examination. 

You will be encouraged to integrate all aspects of your research with a written thesis and the production of your final outcome. You will produce a body of work that will demonstrate a mature visual understanding of materials, methods and processes required to transform ideas into reality. 

  • Self motivated personal programme of study
  • Tutorial and group critique
  • Honours dissertation
  • Degree show exhibition

New challenges and opportunities for creative artists, animators and illustrators exist in broadcasting, publishing, print media and advertising. There is a massive growth in areas such as communication design, multimedia, the web, computer games, 3D visualisation, virtual environments, digital film-making and visual effects. The creative industries are rapidly expanding providing relevant and exciting career opportunities for graduates, not only for now but for the foreseeable future. Graduates from Time Based Art & Digital Film have gone on to have successful careers as:

  • artists
  • film directors
  • web designers
  • editors
  • visual effects artists

Sylvia Law, Artist

"The programme offers a series of professional workshops with professional artists and directors that cover each specialism including lighting, directing, editing, sound and performance art. It was during these immersive weeklong events that I discovered my interest in sound and performance art. I found these aspects to the course very engaging and helpful and it was a great way to explore my practice within an open and creative environment.Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art has been a great place to grow as an artist and develop my practice. I feel very thankful to all the tutors, technicians and students who made my experience at art college so significant and fundamental to my future career as an artist." See more of Sylvia's work.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Essential Subjects Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Students applying for Time Based Art & Digital Film must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Time Based Art & Digital Film

  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowTime Based Art & Digital Film BA (Hons)W690