Creative Computing Suite
digital media

BSc (Hons) Digital Media

Programme Leader: Richard Hetherington

In this programme you will study various areas of Digital Media including Sound Design, Digital Storytelling, Graphics & Animation, and 3D Design with a view to later specialisation. The programme also has a degree of flexibility allowing you to enhance your learning experience by choosing additional subjects from a range of core modules across the digital media and interaction design curricula; plus optional modules available from the School of Computing, School of Arts & Creative Industries and School of Engineering & Built Environment. Knowledgeable members of staff can advise you about the available choices and will also be there to support you throughout your time with us. A further benefit is that we will allow you to join the programme at an advanced level depending upon your qualifications and academic background.

The programme aims to develop your abilities through understanding, practice and evaluation of practice, while also honing your critical understanding in the digital media and interaction design and other subject areas of your choice.

The programme offers the option of undertaking a year of Work Based Learning (WBL) after two years (one year for advanced entrants) of study. The School has a number of agreements with overseas partner Higher Education institutions, both in the EU and further afield, and this means that should you wish, you may have the opportunity to conduct some of your studies in another country. These are organised on an individual basis. In particular, if you choose not to undertake WBL, you may choose to study abroad in the second Trimester of the third year. We currently have established links with universities in Germany, Finland and Sweden where relevant programmes are delivered in English.

The tools used in the course are industry standard packages: The Adobe production and design Creative Suites, which includes Flash for 2D animation, Premiere and After Effects for Video production and post-production; Autodesk Maya and MotionBuilder for the 3D work (we are an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre for Maya); Protools for Sound Production and Sound Design. This course is aimed at aspiring digital media practitioners involved in the production of content, from DVD to mobile phones, games to interactive TV. As a graduate, you will have knowledge and skills in the whole spectrum of digital media, and mastery in at least one specific area. You will become a specialist in the area of your choice thanks to:

  • The choice of advanced classes in your specialist area.
  • The completion of group and individual projects in your specialist area.

The programme is divided into a foundation year and five core streams: four Media-specific streams, and an Interaction Design stream. The programme has been designed to accommodate advanced entry to Year 2 or Year 3 dependent on suitable entry qualifications. Follow the links for more information and examples of student work.

Programme Structures

Admission requirements.

Admission is offered into the first year, but is also possible directly in second or third year, with relevant qualifications. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with a passion for creative technologies.

  • First year entry will normally be offered to applicants with relevant Highers (Art, design, computing or, ideally, a combination of these) or equivalent.
  • Second year entry requires three relevant Advanced Highers or equivalent: HNC, three A levels, National Diploma, etc. Relevant subject areas include art and design, multimedia, e-media.
  • Third year entry will be offered to applicants who have completed a highly relevant degree (HND or equivalent) covering the core subjects of the programme.