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Creative Digital Media (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. 

This programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the creative digital industries, in areas such as animation, video production and programming.  In one foundation year, gain the academic skills you need to study at degree level. Then maximise your new abilities in a degree that provides a strong grounding in digital media production with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. It will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • Essential and practical computing skills
  • Strengthened numeracy
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Degree structure

After your foundation year, you will develop skills in visual design, storytelling, video production, animation, creative thinking, interface design and product development alongside an understanding of computing, digital technologies and programming. On achieving a set of base skills you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of digital media through the production of a series of practical projects that require you to adopt increasingly creative solutions and take on greater management of the process. You will also be able to develop a specialist skill in either 3D animation, digital median and video production providing you with an entry point to a growth area in industry.

The final year project provides the opportunity to develop your skills in a specific area of digital media, creating a deep knowledge of a specialist area and seeing a product through from initiation to completion. Throughout the degree there will be opportunities for you to develop independent thinking, self-management, research and analytical skills, teamwork, and the ability to communicate confidently in a variety of forms appropriate to your chosen industry.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To produce graduates that can understand and follow emerging technologies and creative practices in a broad range of digital media
  • To make you aware of the technical, social, ethical and legal issues in product development and deployment.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS-levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will also study English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 Credits) and English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 Credits). The 30 credits will be additional to the programmes 120 credits and students will study a total of 150 credits.

Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

To find out more, please contact us.

Extra information

Assessment

You will have a blended teaching and learning experience, which includes:

  • Lectures 
  • Classroom problem solving sessions and discussions 
  • Guided laboratory work 
  • Self‐study assisted by lab and library provision and on‐line resources. 

Students will be encouraged to find their own information sources and maintain documentation to inform and reflect on all their practical work. The emphasis will be placed on guiding students through the processes of finding their own information sources and developing their own responses. Students will be encouraged at all times to develop their critical faculties and exercise creative problem solving. The final year project gives the opportunity for students to further enhance these skills.

The assessment methods are defined in each module description. Each section will be assessed by an appropriate combination of: 

  • Examination
  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Peer assessment
  • Logs and/or tests. 

Each course is assessed either by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. The final year project will be assessed as an individual piece of work.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). The programme can lead to full exemption from the BCS Certificate, Diploma, Professional Graduate Diploma and PGD Project, as well as partial Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Career options include jobs in interactive product design and development and interactive television production. You may consider roles such as video editor, camera operator, 2D or 3D animator, creative account manager, web designer, games designer or graphic artist.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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