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UCAS code

W373

Mode of Study

Full-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023

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.

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.

 

Find out more

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

90%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

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.

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.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see 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.

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.

Modules

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, 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.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 (2023 start)

  • 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 – £17,900 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

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2023, 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.

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.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. 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.

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.