Who We Are

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.

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

What is SODA?

The School of Digital Arts is an interdisciplinary school at Manchester Metropolitan University – a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will drive the next generation of creative content.

Every year from 2021, over 1,000 students will study disciplines that span film, animation, UX design, photography, games design, AI and more, often working on live projects with industry partners, frequently collaborating with fellow students and researchers. Our students will choose from a flexible mix of courses: undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees that run alongside degree apprenticeships, summer schools and short courses.

A programme of pioneering research will run in parallel, informing our teaching and generating answers to the most challenging questions posed by digital media and technology – research that’s designed to meet the needs of industry now, and in the future.

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 that sits within the global top 3%, and 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 Manchester Metropolitan University’s open, collaborative and output-driven creative campus.