Learning skills like animation and web design was great fun. The tutors helped me develop my design and coding skills, while using the industry standard software I’m now using at work.

Luke

How do you want to study?

Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

P315

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

The digital world now shapes the way we think, communicate, work and play.

This course equips you with all the technical and design skills you’ll need to produce original and striking multimedia projects across multiple platforms.

Guided by an enthusiastic team, you’ll develop an understanding of the history and theory of digital media. Teaching takes place in modern facilities that provide all the digital media tools you need.

Why Study Digital Media with Foundation Year?

The fast moving digital media industry offers exciting employment prospects whether you're interested in computers, the web, video games, digital television, film or smartphones. On this course you'll develop the technical skills and creative flair to help you become a dynamic, work-ready graduate. 

During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of digital media and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. 

As you progress through the degree, you'll learn the theory of multimedia digital production and you'll develop strong practical skills in dedicated digital media suites equipped with professional standard hardware and software. These include Adobe CC, Maya, and a range of other specialist software and hardware. You'll also be able to book equipment including video cameras, digital SLRs, and sound recording equipment to complete your project work and will be supported by specialist technicians.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

32
UCAS Points

All about the course

The course is based around three areas of study/practice:

  • interactive design (including web design and augmented reality)
  • moving image production (including 2D and 3D animation, video production, compositing, visual effects and motion graphics)
  • still image production (including graphic design, visual communication, digital imaging and photography.

Using specialist facilities including computer suites and professional video and sound recording equipment, you'll study modules in web design, computer animation (2D and 3D), digital imaging, visual communications, motion graphics, digital entrepreneurship and other digital multimedia production skills.

Your practical skills development will be supported by modules in the theory of digital media.

 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and through independent study.

Seminars in smaller groups and IT sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in larger-group lectures. In addition, you will be able to arrange tutorials with teaching staff and your personal academic tutor. 

In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to develop a media project abroad and work on live briefs.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for assignments, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. They will have office hours so you can arrange tutorials to discuss any aspects of the module.

The core teaching team are active researchers and practitioners working within fields related to digital media. Several of your classes will be delivered by industry practitioners and visiting artists who will share current trends and techniques.

Digital Media profoundly shapes the world we live in. The Digital Media team are eager to help you become a knowledgeable and skilled navigator of our digital realm. We will help you learn a range of highly employable skills, including augmented reality, digital imaging, 2D and 3D animation, and web design.

Chris PallantDigital Media Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. It is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 21 working days of hand-in.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

You will be assessed through a number of methods including practical projects, essays, business simulations, presentations, and case studies, both individually and as a group. This mixture is intended to build individual knowledge and skills in the application of theory and best practice to realistic scenarios. The emphasis is on developing confident, critical and creative thinkers who can demonstrate effective teamwork and decision-making.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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Your future career

Our Digital Media course is designed to enable you to define a creative solution to a specific issue or tasks in a number of different professional contexts. In this sense, the skills you will gain on the Digital Media course are applicable in a broad range of environments, and are transferable across a wide range of careers. As a graduate from the course you should be suited to working in a wide variety of contexts where critical awareness and technical knowledge are essential requirements. Graduates may also go on to undertake a higher degree at Canterbury Christ Church University or elsewhere.

I enjoyed studying Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University. The course combines lectures, workshops and practical experience, and was interesting and engaging. The module options allowed me to gain a diverse range of skills using different digital software, and broadened my career opportunities.

SarahDigital Media graduate

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

P315

Location(s):

Canterbury
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