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Creative Media Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Enhance your Higher National Diploma with a full Bachelor's degree on this one-year Creative Media Technologies top-up course. Upgrade your skills for your next career move.

Key information

UCAS code:

W373

Accreditation:

This course is Accredited

Typical offer:

Successful completion of the two-year HND Creative Multi-Media and Journalism at Chichester College

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Overview

Upgrade your Creative Multi-Media and Journalism Higher National Diploma (HND) to a Bachelor’s degree with our one-year BSc (Hons) Creative Media Technologies Top-up course.

You'll sharpen your creative and technical abilities using facilities kitted out with professional equipment and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud. With help from our industry-active teaching team, you’ll become a versatile multimedia content creator.

The skills and knowledge you gain on this course will prepare you for careers in many communication fields, including TV production, animation, marketing, and web design and development.

 

This course takes place at Chichester College in West Sussex.

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Chichester College

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.

 

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Course highlights

  • Develop your skills in a variety of creative technologies, including photography, film, web, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR)
  • Experience the latest industry tools with our high-tech facilities and equipment, including a green screen studio and Sony TV and film cameras
  • Build your professional profile by creating a portfolio of your work
  • Boost your learning and development with input from our team of creative technology experts
Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) Accrediting Body

Accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services), a group of industry professionals and employers.

The JAMES accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

JAMES reviews our accreditation every three years to make sure the course content remains up-to-date with industry trends and developments. So you’ll always be learning skills relevant to your career.

Contact information

Admissions

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Entry requirements

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

Typical offers

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

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and 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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

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.

Modules

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

What you'll study

What you'll do

This module challenges you to initiate, manage, and execute a project that reflects your interests and aligns with your study program. You'll critically analyse existing work, make informed choices, and apply innovative approaches to solve complex problems. The highlight of this module is learning to communicate your findings professionally and effectively, demonstrating your journey from concept to completion. This is your chance to shine in your area of study and prepare for your future career.

What you'll do

You’ll explore visual communication principles through hands-on projects, and apply inclusive design thinking for diverse audiences.

Using typography, colour and layout to enhance usability, you’ll craft interfaces that speak to users and meet their needs.

This module will empower you to make strategic design decisions that engage, inform and connect.

What you'll do

You’ll examine narrative techniques and stylistic approaches while creating your own compelling project. You’ll engage critical thinking around production choices and their impact, deepening your appreciation of documentary’s power to educate, challenge and inspire.

This module provides invaluable industry insights and encourages you to analyse issues around representing reality through moving images.

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll learn techniques to capture standout images and how to optimise your workflow from shoot to share.

Using analytics and audience feedback you’ll evaluate the impact of your images and refine your strategy.

You’ll be encouraged to find your creative niche and build an online presence that engages followers and showcases your technical capabilities.

What you'll do

You’ll evaluate both their transformative potential and negative impacts.

This module empowers you to think ahead and propose solutions to real issues using the latest tools.

Through self-directed research, you’ll bring an informed and ethical approach to discussion around new tech.

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Teaching

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 dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

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Supporting you

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:

Types of support

As well as support from faculty staff, 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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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.

Costs breakdown

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

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

 Apply now through UCAS

 

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

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities, and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in 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.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.