Online Masters Degree in Creative App Development

Creative App Development Course Overview

Apps are no longer simply constrained to our phones, instead they cross creative boundaries and enhance our lives in new ways. They are increasingly embedded in aspects of the everyday, changing the ways we interact with our environment,  engage with our hobbies, work and play. Such diversity widens the potential for app development to include creatives from all walks of life. This course will allow you to:

  • Experiment with applying your creative and artistic skills within an app development context
  • Learn new techniques and skills in a supportive environment made up of a community of makers, creatives and artists
  • Develop confidence with technology while realising your creative and artistic aspirations. 

Discover what our students think about the Creative App Development course and see some of their work:

This course offers you the flexibility to pursue creative endeavours in your own area of interest and the opportunity to create apps for a range of areas smartphones, games, VR, tablets, desktops, physical art installations, etc.

Designed by people with expertise in interaction design and the application of creative technology, the course is structured to accommodate your working life. Throughout the course you will develop your own ideas, from concept to delivery. Along the way, you will be given a mentor who will support you on your journey throughout the course helping you to become an imaginative designer/developer.

With our emphasis on the diversity that contemporary app design offers, we welcome people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, including:

Artists, audio specialists, designers, illustrators, interaction designers, makers, graphic designers, gamers, game designers, product designers, technologists, coders, audio specialists, sonic artists, roboticists, digital builders, modders, fine artists, advertisers, digital crafters, cosplayers, LARPers, textile artists and those interested in technology focused creative practice.

Award Title: MA Creative App Development
(also available to study to PGDip level) 
Awarding Body: Falmouth University
Level: 7
Duration: MA 2 years; PGDip 14 months
Mode of study: online, part-time 


  • Build your skills by devising creative apps both in solo and co-creative contexts
  • Join our international community of professionals, researchers, artists and creatives
  • Keep and control the IP of your work

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to bring their creative and artistic skills, and aspirations to app development. We will support you in realising your creative ideas and help you to build the skills to create your app. Informed by critical thinking and research, our approach will help you take your ideas from conception to realisation and deliver creative, engaging apps.

Typical applicants may be:

  • Artists, audio specialists, designers, illustrators, interaction designers, makers, graphic designers, gamers, game designers, product designers, technologists, coders, audio specialists, sonic artists, roboticists, digital builders, modders, fine artists, advertisers, digital crafters, cosplayers, LARPers, textile artists and those interested in technology focused creative practice
  • Looking to explore new possibilites to incorporate technology into your existing creative practice
  • Someone who has an idea of an app they wish to create

The course enables you to respond creatively to change and has been designed to support a wide range of aspirations within the field of app development and beyond.

Course content


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.

Core Modules Credits
App development synergies 30
Individual design and development project 30
Co-creation design and development project 30
Live brief design and development project 30
Major project (MA only) 60


  • Coursework assessment with no formal examinations
  • Portfolios, projects and live online presentations
  • Assessments are designed to support creative and professional practice

How you study

You may choose to:

  1. Study entirely online.
  2. Study online and attend optional face to face events.

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information is available on the face to face events page.


Taught by industry experts

Designed with employer-focused learning at the core, our courses work with global organisations, staff and alumni to provide you with the breadth of experience and networks needed to accelerate your career.

Learn more about our MA Creative App Development tutors.

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback


As Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:

  • Your own student ID card
  • Access to online software tutorials at
  • 24/7 online access to library resources
  • Students’ Union community
  • Access to our Student Support Services offering academic and personal support

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification
  • Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713.

Financing your studies

You can take advantage of:

  • Falmouth Flexible Bursaries
  • Alumni discount (15% to Falmouth alumni)
  • Refer a friend rewards

For more information about these bursaries and other opportunities for financial assistance, please click here or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713

Terms and conditions apply

How to apply

  • Submit an online application form for the MA or PGDip
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS/TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language

Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Please contact us for FREE advice.
Call 0800 5999123 or +44 (0)1223 447713

Start dates and application deadlines

2018/19 Academic Year
Intake Application deadline Welcome week Course start date
January 20 January 2019 21 January 2019 28 January 2019
May 26 May 2019 27 May 2019 3 June 2019
September 15 September 2019 16 September 2019 23 September 2019

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