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Digital Media Design and Development (Virtual Reality), BSc

Take your creative ideas into production with a digital media design and development degree. Combine coding, design and animation with a pathway in virtual reality.

This digital media design and development degree combines all the aspects of theory, practice and technology essential to your career. You'll learn media design and get the chance to discover the creative aspects of the games industry through practical projects.

The pathway in virtual reality gives you a chance to focus on an exciting and fast-growing sector within digital media. This degree is ideal preparation for careers in the thriving industry. Our graduates have been employed in Virtual Reality focused companies such as the award-winning Rewind, Sky VR, and architects Arup, as well as smaller independent studios.

Course/institution codes

G422 G BSc/DMDDVR

Entry requirements

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Department

School of Design

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • This specialist endorsement degree helps you gain valuable skills such as visual design, interface design, and creative thinking, and build a career within your chosen area.
  • On this specialist pathway, you'll explore the theory, technology, and practice of digital media, plus how it applies to the design and development of virtual reality..
  • Learn to create creative and technological solutions as you progress through a series of practical projects. You will develop distinctive and creative work for a variety of VR platforms and technologies.
  • For eight consecutive years we've been shortlisted by TIGA for Best Educational Institute.

What you will study

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About the course team

This degree course employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and labs/tutorials are dynamic and interactive. You will be taught by an experience team of lecturers, which include senior academics and technical officers, and the majority of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Typically our minimum Clearing entry requirements for 3-year standard entry degree courses is 80 points (A Level: CDD | BTEC: MMP) and 4-year extended entry is 64 points (A Level: DDE | BTEC: MPP).

Please call our Clearing line or join live chat now to discuss your options.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

You may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Scheduled learning activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

If you are studying full time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job (approx. 40 hours per week. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study earns you credits toward your degree. Every credit represents around 10 study hours. So, if you receive 50 hours of scheduled learning activities for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Part time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Technology: There are no compulsory costs beyond your tuition fees. However, we may recommend that you purchase a backup device (such as a portable hard drive).

Software: We provide licences for certain software to use on your own computers, depending on your course. This may include Virtual Desktop access, Tableau Desktop, Microsoft Azure Devtools for Teaching (including Visio, Project, SQL Server, etc.) You will also have access to Nvivo, SPSS Modeler and SPSS Amos. Any licences for software outside of our range will come at your own cost.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

If you register on 'sandwich mode', you can do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement, you retrain your student status and have full support from the University and your tutors as normal. We will support students in securing their own placements.

Former Games and Digital Media students have secured placement years at Disney, Space Ape Games, Nickelodeon, and Warner Brothers.

How long is my placement?

Sandwich placements last between 36 weeks (full-time) to 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Sandwich placements are normally full-time paid positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Career destinations include the independent and mobile games sectors as programmers, modellers and designers, the Augmented, Virtual and Mixed reality developers, UI and UX designers for digital media and games, games content creators and deliverers, back-end developers and content managers. 

Recent positions secured by Games Design and Digital Media graduates include Motion Capture Technician at The Imaginarium Studios, Serious Games Developer at Arup, Software Engineer at Bossa Studios, and Creative Product Specialist at Celtra.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. 

The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. 

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

Games and digital media at the University of Greenwich

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Visit our games and digital media subject page.

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Dubbed 'the godfather of gaming', Ian Livingstone co-founded the Games Workshop, wrote the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, and released Lara Croft: Tomb Raider as Chairman of Eidos in the 1990s.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.