Digital Media BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
P301
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 2018, September 2019

Overview

If you want to pair your creativity with the digital skills to bring them to life as a digital designer or developer, then this is the course for you.

On this BSc (Hons) Digital Media degree course, you’ll get a deep understanding of digital media and learn to create exciting experiences for web, mobile and modern tech like virtual reality.

After the course, you’ll be able to take on roles across any industry as a mobile developer or digital designer, or work in areas such as marketing and project management.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn on a course we've developed with the industry, giving you the most up-to-date knowledge, skills and techniques
  • Build your knowledge and get a valuable grounding across interface systems, user experience, and web and mobile development
  • Get to grips with the latest tech, like augmented and virtual reality applications, making you a valuable expert in the latest digital media
  • Pair creative theory with technical ability by learning to use professional tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite to design interactive applications, graphics, audio and video
  • Use software including Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Adobe Animate
  • Develop a portfolio and CV to impress employers, including industry certifications in professional tools
  • Experiment with combining different technologies to create innovative user experiences
  • Engage in large-scale, client-based projects with external companies

Work experience and career planning

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

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, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the digital media industry.

We've got loads of links with organisation in the industry. Previous students have taken a placement year with big name companies such as:

  • Disney
  • Atos
  • ASOS

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 the up-to-date skills and knowledge to compete in the digital media industry. You’ll be able to take on roles across many digital creative industries.

Roles our graduates have go on to include:

  • UX and UI designer
  • graphics and digital designer
  • software design engineer
  • web developer
  • digital content editor
  • mobile developer

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,000 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.

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:

  • Digital Filming and Technology
  • Eportfolio for Media, Audio and Graphics
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Scripting and Interactive Web
  • User Experience Design
  • Web Engineering and Design

Core units in this year include:

  • Data Manipulation and Presentation
  • Project Initiation and Career Management
  • Streaming Media Website Design and Delivery

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Creative Coding Practice
  • Creative Industries Project Management
  • Designing Interactive Content
  • Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Mobile Applications
  • Introduction to Virtual Reality
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Visualisation and User Interaction

Core units in this year include:

  • Interdisciplinary Group Project
  • Final Year Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Communication Design
  • Creative Platforms
  • Database Driven Streaming Media Website Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Trends in Latest Technology
  • Leadership
  • 3D Interaction

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

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • online lessons
  • project work

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. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical projects
  • work portfolios
  • essays/review articles
  • multiple choice tests
  • oral presentations
  • examinations

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.

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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.

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. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P301
  • our institution code – P80

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.

Contact information
  • Student Recruitment Centre
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 2991

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Subject Area
Media and journalism
Computing
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