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Modal: New School of Digital Arts gallery launches with game engine culture exhibition

Modal: New School of Digital Arts gallery launches with game engine culture exhibition International artists explore how our relationship to images, sounds, and interactivity is transformed by technologies. A new …

June 23, 2022
Danny Boyle, co-chair of the SODA advisory board, officially launched the new School

Danny Boyle officially launches Manchester Metropolitan University’s pioneering School of Digital Arts

New £35m School supports Manchester’s ambition to become one of world’s leading digital cities. Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle has formally opened Manchester Metropolitan University’s pioneering School of Digital Arts …

June 14, 2022
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SODA’s Chris Whiter scores new DreamWorks Dragons game

We caught up with Dr Chris Whiter, Lecturer in Sound Design (Video Games) at SODA to hear more about his experience as composer for the new DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of …

May 30, 2022
Allotment

Animation student film wins prestigious industry award

‘Allotment’ named Best Animation at RTS North West Student Awards. A team of animation students have picked up the prestigious award for Best Animation at the Royal Television Society Student …

May 18, 2022
Simon Rutter

Former PlayStation Executive VP Simon Rutter joins SODA as Visiting Industry Lead

Former senior PlayStation executive and University alumnus Simon Rutter has joined the School of Digital Arts (SODA). Rutter is the former Executive Vice President, Head of European Business Operations at …

April 7, 2022

Minister of State for Higher and Further Education learns how Manchester Metropolitan Degree Apprenticeships are at the heart of the levelling up agenda

Manchester Metropolitan University has welcomed the UK Minister of State for Higher Education and Further Education to learn how Degree Apprenticeships are delivering powerful benefits for students, employers and the …

March 21, 2022

See Yourself in SODA Competition Winners Announced

We have been inundated with fantastic digital artwork submissions for the inaugural See Yourself in SODA competition and – after much deliberation from our panel of judges – we’re delighted …

February 18, 2022

SODA academic joins line-up for new Greater Manchester Music Commission

Dr Kirsty Fairclough is part of Mayor Andy Burnham’s new cultural initiative

January 13, 2022

SODA’s Digital UX degree apprenticeship endorsed with Tech Industry Gold accreditation

Innovative new course recognised with industry standard for job readiness Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital User Experience (UX) degree apprenticeship programme has gained Tech Industry Gold Accreditation – the industry standard …

December 10, 2021

First cohort from digital and business skills training programme enter the workforce to address UK’s digital skills gap

The Institute of Coding’s first cohort of digital Skills Bootcamp students have graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, re-entering the workforce with additional digital skills tailored to the needs of today’s …

Immersive ‘hyper-real’ recordings and virtual reality gigs: The future of Manchester music

Dr Kirsty Fairclough and Jamie Birkett discuss how SODA is working with new technologies to create the next generation of audio experiences Manchester’s musical landscape needs little introduction – from …

December 2, 2021

Global reach of North’s tech sector continues to expand, shows SODA and Prolific North research

More than 500 global companies have a presence in the North, with over half in the North West The digital and creative sector in the North continues to expand onto …

November 30, 2021

Driving the Digital Agenda at BEYOND Conference

Dr Kirsty Fairclough and John Willis represent the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at the BEYOND Conference in Belfast this week, hosting a panel discussion on SODA’s role in driving …

October 20, 2021

SODA’s Nia Dryhurst shortlisted for prestigious Grierson and BAFTA awards

Senior Lecturer in Documentary at the School of Digital Arts (SODA), Nia Dryhurst, has been nominated for Grierson and BAFTA Cymru awards for her powerful S4C documentary, DRYCH: Chwaer Fach, …

October 13, 2021

New digital technology and creative degree scholarships for students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds supported by PlayStation Career Pathways Program

Widening access to creative and digital courses New scholarships to support students from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds on creative and digital technology degree courses have been launched at …

September 29, 2021

Manchester writer, artist and games developer joins School of Digital Arts

Manchester writer, artist and games developer joins School of Digital Arts Award winning Manchester writer, artist and games developer Dan Hett has joined the School of Digital Arts (SODA) as …

September 23, 2021

Cyber and business skills training to boost career opportunities and tackle UK’s digital skills gap

University to deliver Government-funded Skills Bootcamps to boost careers opportunities through the Institute of Coding Manchester Metropolitan University will harness its digital and business expertise to run new Skills Bootcamps, …

July 16, 2021
Anjali Vats and Marianne R. Petit

International artist and digital law expert join SODA as new visiting scholars

Marianne R. Petit and Anjali Vats will share their experience and expertise An artist-educator whose work blends technology and traditional storytelling and a race, law and popular culture expert have …

July 7, 2021
In Conversation with Marianne Petit

In Conversation with Marianne Petit

In the third of our In Conversation series, experts from SODA chat to our new Visiting Scholar – Marianne Petit. Marianne R. Petit is an artist and educator whose work …

July 5, 2021
Cryptoknitties

SODA lecturer sells 10,000 unique NFTs for collectable virtual knitted characters

Andrew King set the online crypto market ablaze with his playful CryptoKnitties sale A Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer has created an online crypto market storm by developing the latest digital …

May 25, 2021
External Buillding

SODA and Prolific North research into region’s global business reach previewed

Global Reach 2021 maps North’s digital and creative growth Preliminary findings from research by SODA and Prolific North into the global reach of the region’s digital and creative businesses will …

May 18, 2021

In conversation with Michael Dudok de Wit

In the second of our In Conversation series, experts from SODA chat to our new visiting professor – internationally renowned animator, Michael Dudok De Wit. Michael Dudok de Wit was born and …

May 12, 2021

Chat with a music legend: voice-interactive digital portrait of Nile Rodgers informed by SODA research

Project launched by Forever in association with Universal Music UK and the National Portrait Gallery The world’s first voice-interactive portrait, In the room with Nile Rodgers, has been informed by research …

April 1, 2021
Barry Adamson and Michael Dudok de Wit

Oscar-winning animator and Manchester-born international musician and film composer join School of Digital Arts

Michael Dudok de Wit and Barry Adamson will share their expertise as Visiting Professors The School of Digital Arts (SODA) has appointed two new Visiting Professors – internationally renowned musician, …

March 26, 2021
Barry Adamson

In conversation with Barry Adamson

25 March 2021 In the first of our In Conversation series, experts from SODA chat to our new visiting professor- internationally renowned musician, composer, writer, photographer and filmmaker Barry Adamson. The talk will …

February 19, 2021
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Competition: See Yourself in SODA

See Yourself in SODA* is a chance to showcase your work in the virtual exhibition space of our brand-new school at Manchester Metropolitan University opening in September 2021. We’re looking …

January 25, 2021

SODA in the running for huge national festival of creativity and innovation

Innovative new school on creative team awarded funding to develop ideas for Festival UK* 2022 The School of Digital Arts (SODA) has been shortlisted to take part in a national …

December 7, 2020

SODA Presents: An Audience with a Hero

On 25 November 2020, experts from SODA introduced the Audience With A Hero project. Find out more and watch the event below. This event is brought to you as part …

December 2, 2020

Is virtual viable? Using digital arts to see beyond the pandemic

Dr Kirsty Fairclough discusses how SODA can help the creative sector to bounce back from COVID The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly been hugely disruptive for our creative and cultural sectors. …

November 12, 2020

Digital arts and fashion experts join household names at creative industry festival

School of Digital Arts sponsor an event featuring Netflix at Creative Coalition 2020 University academics will explore the future of digital storytelling, sustainability and the viability of virtual alongside leading …

November 11, 2020

Creative Coalition 2020

From 9 – 11 November 2020, SODA will be taking part in a series of events as part of Creative Coalition 2020, the UK’s largest online festival for the creative …

November 5, 2020

First Digital UX degree apprenticeship launched by School of Digital Arts

Innovative programme devised with BBC, Magnetic North and other digital companies The first Digital UX degree apprenticeship in the country has been launched by Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital …

November 3, 2020

SODA and Prolific North partnership will examine global reach of Northern companies

Research will identify success of tech, marketing, creative and media sectors The School of Digital Arts (SODA), at Manchester Metropolitan University, has announced a new research partnership with Prolific North …

October 26, 2020

Lunch with SODA: Co-Labs, Creativity and Co-Creation

On 22 October 2020, experts from SODA introduced our brand new Collaborative Labs. Find out more and watch the event below. This event is brought to you as part of BBC …

October 21, 2020

Virtual Undergraduate Curriculum Launch

On 20 October 2020, the heads of SODA hosted an online event to launch the School’s new undergraduate curriculum to an audience of teachers and Further Education professionals from across …

October 20, 2020

The Future of Storytelling

On 23 September 2019 we hosted The Future of Storytelling: an evening of stories, insights and conversation with Danny Boyle and some of the leading voices in digital storytelling streamed …

July 31, 2020

Your Progress Will Be Saved

A tour with Molly Soda Live streamed on July 29 2020, we collaborated with Manchester International Festival to provide a unique insight into Your Progress Will Be Saved by LaTurbo …

July 24, 2020