Creative Media Technologies BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
P3P1
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you’re bursting with creative ideas and want to inject them into a career in media, this degree gives you the skills that will bring your ideas to life.

On this BSc (Hons) Creative Media Technologies degree course, you’ll develop the abilities you need to create engaging content across all types of media. You’ll get to know your way around professional software packages and emerge ready to take on ambitious content projects in fields such as web development, content marketing, TV production and animation.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with the software and packages you’ll use in your creative career, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Avid and Animate
  • Learn from experts with bags of experience in the industry
  • Enjoy a varied curriculum – you’ll get to create videos, craft animations, code games, build websites and develop mobile and virtual reality (VR) applications
  • Use our facilities, packed with the latest tech, including a VR lab, motion capture suite and green screening studio
  • Tailor your degree to meet your interests and workplace ambitions
  • Build a professional portfolio of your work
  • Work on projects with real clients

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Placement year

After your second year of study, you can do an optional placement year in the UK or overseas. You’ll get experience of working in the industry and use the skills you've learnt so far on the course.

Previous students have taken placements as multimedia designers and graphic artists at agencies and organisations including BluePrint Media in London and Toby’s Art in Salisbury.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

However you spend your year, we’ll give you plenty of support and mentoring to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement.

Careers and opportunities

You’ll graduate with an understanding of a range of creative digital tools that will open doors many jobs across almost every creative field including:

  • web development
  • animation
  • video production
  • gaming
  • music production
  • TV production

Roles previous students on this course have taken on include:

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

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

Our Careers and Employability will support you in finding a role or setting up a business. You'll get help and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,700 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

If you take the Student Enterprise Unit, you’ll need to pay an additional cost of approximately £20.

The Underwater Filming and Media unit is available if you haven’t dived before. It includes a PADI Open Water course combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course. It 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.

You’ll need access to a digital camera for one of the optional units.

You may need to contribute up to £20 towards occasional coach trips.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • EPromotion (web and social media)
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Animation (2D and 3D)
  • Creative Coding
  • Sound for Moving Image
  • Digital Filming and Technology

There are no optional units in this year:

Core units in this year include:

  • Project Initiation and Career Management
  • Form and Function (mixed media development)

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • CGI Lighting and Look Development
  • Creative Coding Practice
  • Designing Interactive Content
  • Digital Photography
  • Managing and Making a Documentary
  • Professional Experience
  • Streaming Media Website Design and Delivery
  • Student Enterprise
  • Visualisation and User Interaction

Core units in this year include:

  • Vocational Project Portfolio
  • Final Year Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • 3D Interaction
  • Advanced Visual Effects and Environments
  • Communication Design (motion graphics)
  • Documentary Film Making
  • Games Research
  • Interdisciplinary Group Project
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Motion Capture Applications
  • Sound Application
  • Trends in Latest Technology

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

You'll practical skills in small groups, to make sure you're getting the development you need. There's an emphasis on group work, to mirror what it'll be like in your future career.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 81% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 85% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 17% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 24% by practical exams and 76% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 7% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P3P1
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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