BSc (Hons)

Entertainment Technology

Underpinned by project management and business skills

GH46UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

There are only a handful of entertainment technology-related courses out there and ours is one of the few in the country to offer such a broad range of study.

You’ll be making videos, editing audio for games and working in 3D, along with many other technological aspects of the entertainment business. With a very practical basis, this course provides a deep insight into this exciting industry.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use our purpose-made TV studios and a radio broadcast studio as part of your learning experience
  • Benefit from our links with some of the top runners in the entertainment industry including BSkyB, the BBC and Avid
  • Opt to do a salaried placement year

What opportunities might it lead to?

The entertainment industry is vast and varied. There are opportunities in a multitude of disciplines such as music technology, graphics and multimedia. You’ll explore and develop your own talents and abilities alongside the project management and business skills sought by employers in this industry.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • computer game development
  • multimedia production
  • animation
  • graphics and video editing
  • digital video film-making
Peter Allan Jones, BSc (Hons) Entertainment Technology student 2013

The ability to experience such a wide range of topics with access to industry-standard software and equipment was unbelievably exciting.

Peter Allan Jones, BSc (Hons) Entertainment Technology student 2013

Key Facts

Starts 2017

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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School of Creative Technologies
Programme specification


Film, Media and Performing Arts

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The creative atmosphere that encourages students to explore their own interests and ideas
  • The excellent facilities which you will have access to
  • The lively mix of creative practice and critical understanding, ensuring that knowledge and learning is stimulating, cutting-edge and relevant to the wider world

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Year one

You’ll begin the course by covering a number of core subjects such as web design and appreciation, graphics, animation, scripting and an introduction into video production. You will also get to grips with a number of essential software packages such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Avid, Photoshop, Corel Draw and Logic.

Core units in this year include:

  • Digital Filming and Technology
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Scripting and Animation
  • Sound for Moving Image
  • Web Engineering and Design
  • EPortfolio

Year two

During this year you’ll extend your work in the production, business and enterprise aspects of the subject. There’s an introduction to areas that fall under the music and computer graphics umbrella and a number of themed options in radio, video, the internet and multimedia.

Core units in this year include:

  • Project Initiation and Career Management
  • Form and Function

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Designing Interactive Content
  • Digital Photography
  • Managing and Making a Documentary
  • Music Business Practice
  • Professional Experience
  • Radio Production and Presentation Skills
  • Streaming Media Website Design and Delivery
  • Student Enterprise
  • TV Live Production

Year three*

Your final year focuses on your preparation for work and enables you to further tailor your studies through a selection of options.  The major task of this year is your project which can take two forms – a study report or a multimedia artefact, accompanied by a written dissertation.

Core units in this year include:

  • Creative Platforms
  • Final Year Project

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Documentary Film Making
  • Games Research
  • Interdisciplinary Group Project
  • Leadership
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Sound Application
  • Trends in Latest Technology

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Placement year

Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:

  • Professional/industrial placements – work for a company or organisation on a professional placement year

We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree.  You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment.  The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.

  • Self-employed placement year – set up and run a business on your own or as a group

Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.

To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience a variety of teaching through lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops.

We aim to conduct the practical elements of the course in smaller classes to aid personal professional development. There’s also an emphasis on group work to mirror the workings of the different sectors within entertainment.

How are you assessed?

Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes:

  • practical projects
  • working journals
  • academic and evaluative essays
  • performances
  • oral presentations
  • examinations
  • case studies

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Monitor Facilities & Features

TV Studios

You will have access to our purpose-built TV studios that allow the production of all types of television work. You'll use professional cameras (Sony EX1 and EX3), sound mixing kit, the Newtek Tricaster system and a TV Broadcast Server (Capital Networks – Audience.TV). All this equipment enables you to get loads of practical experience and ensures you are working to an industry standard.

CCI Channel

Take part in your very own TV show or produce a broadcast-quality documentary. Use our CCI TV channel to develop your skills and share your potential with others. TV has no boundaries and you will be able to easily promote yourself via the work you are producing.

Specialist Software and Equipment

You will have easy access to a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computers equipped with the latest software. Such software will play a major role in this course and you’ll regularly be using packages such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Avid Media Composer, Cool Edit Pro, Adobe After Effects, Protools and Logic. Though these may seem daunting at first – you’ll have day-to-day contact with knowledgeable, enthusiastic and highly motivated staff who will be happy to lend a helping hand.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You may select an optional Student Enterprise Unit which incurs a cost of approximately £20.

For the optional diving skills units: The Underwater Filming and Media unit is available if you have not dived before. It includes a
PADI Open Water course, combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course, and costs around £800.

The Underwater Filming and Media B unit is available if you already hold a PADI Open Water certificate (or equivalent). It includes a further diving course (e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water), combined with the Underwater Filming and Media Course, and costs around £700 to cover tuition, transport and diving costs.

For one of the optional units you will need access to a digital camera.

Occasional coach trips may require a contribution of up to £20.


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Mortarboard Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

This course offers a broad academic package that will make you attractive to employers in most areas of the entertainment industries.

From multimedia production and computer games development to music recording and production, computer animation and graphics, film and video-making, TV production, and website creation and design – this course is a thorough preparation.

Many graduates have also gone on to form their own companies in web design, event management, and video production, or have built successful freelance careers.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • computer games animator
  • 3D modeller
  • web designer
  • graphics artist
  • video film-maker
  • broadcast journalist
  • games developer
  • musical technician

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Career planning

Career planning
Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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