Manchester Metropolitan University’s new School of Digital Arts (SODA) opened for its first public viewing on Monday (13 June).
The £35m project, an investment from the university, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, has been developed to “address the urgent and growing demand for skilled workers in the region’s creative and digital industries”.
The school will welcome its first students in September, offering courses in animation, user experience (UX) design, photography, sound design, gaming, and artificial intelligence. Monday’s opening was the first opportunity for business leaders, policymakers and creative practitioners to view the new premises.
Great Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says SODA will be integral in helpling Manchester be a digital city-region.
“We must future proof our digital talent pipeline, connecting education and industry and I’m pleased to see this happening at SODA.”