Who we are

We are a school of future storytelling. Of creative content, made in Manchester and experienced across the world. Where new talent finds new skills, and reaches new audiences.

Where we create brave new work for a brave new world. A world where technology inspires new stories, new experiences, even new realities. A place where imagination is an occupation.

We are the School of Digital Arts. We are SODA.


The School of Digital Arts is a purpose-built, interdisciplinary school at one of the UK’s leading modern universities. It is a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will drive ideas and innovation across all forms of creative content – a new School of Digital Arts that opens at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021.

Media production, film, sound, photography, animation, AI and games design: this is where next generation content will be made.

Undergraduate, postgraduate, research and degree apprenticeships, short courses and CPD: this is a school that addresses the skills and the R&D needs of industry, via a flexible learning and research environment that has been designed for the brightest creative minds.

6th in the UK for research power
93% graduates go straight into employment or further study
50,000 jobs in the digital, creative and tech sector in Greater Manchester

A university school

The School of Digital Arts is a proud part of Manchester Metropolitan University. We build on the creative, science, tech and business strengths of a university whose research – 85% of which is rated as ‘world-leading’ – is changing the way we live, work, learn and play.

SODA also builds on the strengths and reputation of Manchester School of Art. Rated sixth in the UK for its research power, and with a history of generating ideas and innovation that stretches back 180 years, Manchester School of Art has pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that will guide learning at SODA. The two schools will sit side by side, as part of the university’s open, collaborative and output-driven creative campus.