The School of Digital Arts is a purpose‑built, interdisciplinary school at one of the UK’s leading universities.

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Green screen film studios at SODA

Our Courses

Based in a city renowned for innovation our new School of Digital Arts offers courses that span film, animation, UX, design, photography, sound design, gaming, Al and more.

Grounded in the present but with the space and opportunity to explore the future, our courses will enable you to investigate what it means to be a creative media practitioner now and in the future - studying at the intersection of storytelling, technology and innovation.

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Exterior view of SODA building


Our brand new building has been designed specially for us and has the capability to adapt to technological changes, enabling you to explore and innovate for the future.

Alongside spaces to collaborate, our specialist facilities include a UX Suite, film studios, green screens, edit suites, sound, music & production studios, a cinema and a gallery.

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Who we are

SODA is a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will drive ideas and innovation across all forms of creative content.

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Jill Griffiths

With industry partnerships at the heart of SODA and academic staff working at the forefront of their disciplines, our innovative courses are informed by the real world. This, combined with a specially designed building that is home to cutting-edge facilities, means we are able to offer a new generation of digital natives the experiences they need to flourish in exciting, fast-paced and ever-evolving digital landscapes.

Jill Griffiths, Head of the School of Digital Arts

The School of Digital Arts has been part funded by the Local Growth Fund

Northern Powerhouse 
Greater Manchester Combined Authority Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Network

School of Digital Arts

We are a school of digital making, thinking and producing. Of coding, connecting and creating, where new talent finds new skills and reaches new audiences.

We are a school of future storytelling. Of creative content, made in Manchester, experienced across the world.

Where new technology inspires new ideas, and even new realities. Where imagination is an occupation.