Creative Media Technologies Top-Up BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2020


On this 1-year Creative Media Technologies top-up degree, you'll enhance your Creative Multi-Media and Journalism HND by topping it up with a Bachelor's degree. You'll hone your creative and technical skills and gain the professional knowledge you need for a successful career.

You'll use the same software packages that professionals use in industry, and develop the abilities you need to create quality content across all forms of media.

When you complete the course, you'll be ready to take on work in areas such as TV production, animation, content marketing and web development.

Location – course delivered in Chichester

This course takes place at Chichester College in West Sussex. While studying at Chichester College, you can still access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this Creative Media Technologies top-up degree course, you'll:

  • Tap into the industry experience of our creative technology experts
  • Get access to the software and packages needed for a career in creative industries, including Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere and Animate
  • Build on your existing experience in a chosen discipline, such as games, video, animation, web, mobile and AR/VR applications 
  • Shape your learning to suit your career aspirations and interests
  • Collate a professional portfolio of your work 
  • Work alongside real clients on projects
  • Use our well-stocked facilities, including a green screening studio, and high-technology suite with up-to-date PCs in addition to industry-standard cameras and software

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Creative Media Technologies degree?

You'll graduate with the skill and understanding to take up roles in almost every creative field, including:

  • web development
  • animation
  • video production
  • gaming
  • music production
  • TV production
  • journalism
  • digital print design

What jobs can you do with a Creative Media Technologies degree?

Roles previous University of Portsmouth creative media technologies students 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 Service 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.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits.


Core modules

  • Communication Design – 20 credits
  • Creative Media Project – 20 credits
  • Digital Photography and Online Applications – 20 credits
  • Documentary Film-making – 20 credits
  • Future Technologies – 20 credits
  • Vocational Project Portfolio – 20 credits

Changes to course content

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical projects 
  • written reports 
  • oral presentations 
  • artefacts and other media

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.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between an HND and a degree is how much control you have over your learning.

On your top-up degree, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Creative Media Technologies top-up degree. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, workshops and supervised studio sessions for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to on your HND, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time in higher education.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Study skills workshops

You'll have help with academic skills over the course of your study.

You'll be able to get help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Creative Media Technologies (Top-up) entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • Successful completion of the 2-year HND Creative Multi-Media and Journalism at Chichester College

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What skills and qualities do I need for this Creative Media Technologies top-up course?

As well as meeting the course entry requirements, passion and creativity are essential, alongside an eagerness to develop your existing digital media production skills.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 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

There could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities for some of your projects. The amount will depend on the project you do.

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

You’ll study up to 6 modules. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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


How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code –W373
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

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