Foundation Year Zero
As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills.
A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here.
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading.
A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature.
A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.
In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:
- Foundation Media and Visual Communications
You will explore key creative processes, aesthetics and principles that underpin work in the creative sector, such as pre-production, experimentation and the use of these skills to produce work in a suitable format.
- Ways of Seeing Aesthetics
You will be introduced to some of the key ideas and principles that explain the ways we see and understand the world around us.
Introduction to Digital Animation - 20 credits
Learning skills with digital animation software, you will be introduced to the traditional principles of animation. You will create characters and backgrounds which you will use in your own animations whilst learning about the animation production pipeline.
Introduction to Scripting - 20 credits
This module primarily covers scripting for web sites, and includes technical training for database management and intermediate CSS for layout and design. These are applied to a website you will design and publish.
Visual Communications - 20 credits
You will research examples of best practice and compile a record of findings, before creating a package of products in miniature that represent a creative and technically capable approach to visual communications using digital media technologies.
Introduction to Digital Creative Practice - 20 credits
You will study essential digital multimedia production skills in this module including html and CSS, digital photography, and sound editing.
Creativity and New Media - 20 credits
This module links your theoretical learning and practice together by allowing you to consider theoretical questions in a practical way. You will learn practical skills including video composition and photo manipulation. Your project will involve the creation of a piece of augmented reality using your own poster designs and videos.
Introduction to Digital Media - 20 credits
In this module you will study the historical developments of theories and concepts that have led to the widespread use of digital media today. In particular you will examine the relationships between analogue and digital media and how this impacts on the control and distribution of information.
Digital Aesthetics - 20 credits
This module introduces a range of critical concepts and approaches to digital aesthetics and creativity. You will study what constitutes a digital aesthetic, and develop understanding of the significance and distinct properties of digital aesthetics through analysis and discussion of contemporary creative practice such as internet art, photography, cinema, and games design.
Individual Study – 20 or 40 credits
You will define an area of research within the field of digital media and develop a piece of academic writing. The module is taught through a combination of seminars, research workshops, lectures, and individual tutorials.
Likely optional modules
During each year of the course, a range of optional modules are available, offering you the opportunity to develop skills around your areas of interest.
Web design - 20 credits
Developing the skills gained at Year 1 you will learn about methods for designing and building a responsive website, on a theme negotiated with your tutors.
Digital Imaging - 20 credits
Working with a theme or concept you will learn intermediate to advanced digital imaging editing and compositing skills. This module offers you the chance to refine and develop a specialist knowledge of this aspect of digital media image editing and production.
Global Experience - 20 credits
The Global Experience field trip module will enable you to gain international experience and develop intercultural competences related to chosen disciplines and professions by undertaking a period of study abroad, typically at a partner university. Participation in the module will entail a contribution to overall trip costs to complete the university contribution.
Digital Multimedia - 20 credits
This module combines a variety of different forms to create a practical answer to a theoretical question. Using Adobe After Effects, you will learn a variety of different techniques including motion graphics to create a moving image product. You have the choice to include photography, animation or video alongside vector graphics and sound to create your project.
Mobile Filmmaking - 20 credits
This module will equip you with the skills to shoot, edit, and exhibit a video production produced in some part on a mobile device. You will be shown effective camera techniques, sound recording, and editing relevant to a mobile production, and have an opportunity to experiment with producing different mobile forms.
You will also be able to make connections between your work and the broader context of contemporary digital mobile video productions by analysing a number of case studies.
Individual Creative Practice - 20 credits
You are encouraged to design and develop a sustained individual project employing one of the three key areas of digital media covered by the course, digital imaging, web design, and moving image. The practical project you submit at the end of the year may showcase your achievements, be related to a product, service, or idea, and may also demonstrate your unique approach to digital media and project development.
Digital Entrepreneurship - 20 credits
You will work in groups, and define a project that borrows properties from the spirit of entrepreneurship. The final production will include a combination of outputs demonstrating the unique properties of digital media production. Social media and networking using digital media are key aspects of this module.
Professional Creative Practice - 20 credits
This module uses a ‘live’ project, and you will be working with an outside business or service, to create a business identity. You will develop some the following: short videos, animations, posters, leaflets and banners.
Mixed Media dissertation (taught in association with the Film, Radio and Television Studies course) - 20 credits
This module permits you to choose a method of presenting your ideas and concepts on a topic defined through lectures, group discussions and individual tutorials. The actual output format you choose for the dissertation may include film, animation, painting, drawing, print, and/or online content. This module offers you the opportunity for your projects to be overseen and taught by lecturers across two of the school’s courses.
Specialised study by project (taught in association with the Film, Radio and Television Course) - 20 credits
Combining both digital media skills for film production and post production, and applying the distinctive properties of digital media, you will work with lecturers from the Digital Media and Film, Radio and Television courses, to produce a creative project on a theme or concept of your choice. This module will be relevant if you wish to specialise in digital compositing and image generation, and digital animation. This module offers you the opportunity for your projects to be overseen and taught by lecturers across two of the School’s courses.