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.

    Our BA (Hons) Digital Media degree equips you with all the technical and design skills you’ll need to produce original and striking multimedia projects across multiple platforms.

    Guided by a skilled team, you’ll develop an understanding of the history and theory of digital media. You will use specialist facilities including computer suites and professional video and sound recording equipment. You'll have the opportunity to study modules to develop a range of multimedia skills such as web design, computer animation (2D and 3D), digital imaging, visual communications, motion graphics and digital entrepreneurship.

    Why Study Digital Media with Foundation Year?

    The fast-moving digital media industry offers exciting employment prospects whether you're interested in interactive design, video, animation, photography or graphic design. 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 with professional standard hardware and software including Adobe CC and Maya.

    The course is based around three areas of practice:

    • interactive design (including web design, app design and augmented reality)
    • moving image production (including 2D and 3D animation, mobile film making and motion graphics)
    • still image production (including graphic design, visual communication, digital imaging and photography)

    You'll learn the theory of multimedia digital production, explore current trends and develop strong practical skills with industry standard hardware and software including the Adobe suite and Autodesk Maya.

    You'll 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. All of these on-campus activities will be conducted in accordance with the most up-to-date Health and Safety guidance.

    You will also experience a range of online teaching activities that will enhance your ability to work virtually – a key employability skill in a world that has been radically changed by Covid-19.

    Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023

    1st in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching in the subject area of Art and Design.

    The Guardian University League Tables 2022

    6th in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Media and Film studies.

      All about the course

      In your Foundation Year you'll learn about core aspects of digital media and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      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.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      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

      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

      Guided by the latest Health and Safety advice, you will be taught through a combination of face-to-face and online 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.

      You will have the opportunity to develop a media project abroad and work on live briefs.

      All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study, either on campus or remotely as suits you. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books (print and e-copy), undertaking research via library resources, 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 web design, digital imaging, 2D and 3D animation, mobile film making and motion graphics.

      Joanna SamuelDigital Media Course Director

      National Student Survey 2021

      of our Digital Media students were satisfied with the quality of teaching.

      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.

      100% Coursework

      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.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

      National Student Survey 2021

      of our Digital Media students were satisfied with the learning opportunities.

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

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

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      Duration:

      4 years

      UCAS code:

      P315

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
      Apply via UCAS

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