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Digital Design BSc

Course code

H6W2

H6WG with professional practice

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £18,720

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Our Digital Design BSc degree is a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design. It has been developed to equip you with the theory and practical skills to design, develop and manage interactive digital media projects.

You will be introduced to creative digital design and programming for digital media. You’ll learn about UX design, motion design, web development, web design, digital photography and video, digital graphic design and creative technologies. You will then progress to skills in the design and development of more complex digital artefacts for current and future mobile, Web and IoT applications involving 3D design and animation, media aesthetics, motion graphics and mixed reality. In your final year, you can choose from modules in digital experiences and creative technology design with additional options in advanced animation, digital graphics and motion design.

Our modern digital media production facilities include a VFX green screen studio, motion capture, sound and photographic studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You will have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing laboratories and benefit from the latest industry standard specialist software for graphic design and image/video editing, 3D animation, digital compositing, and rich interactive content creation.

There are guest lectures covering lots of different digital media topics and the visiting lecturers provide advice on how to structure your portfolio and showreel. Speakers include creative and design directors, user experience designers, 3D graphic supervisors, and mobile and web developers.

Visits are arranged to TV and photography studios, and post-production houses. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and this is your chance to build networks with key industry experts. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London for trips to exhibitions celebrating the creative industries.

Brunel’s digital design course has ScreenSkills accreditation and the Tick quality mark. ScreenSkills awards the quality mark of the Tick to the UK’s most industry-focused courses. This means your degree is recognised as practice-based and provides you with industry-relevant skills. It can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year.

We encourage the placement year option. This time in industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a digital media placement year, you will have the opportunity of working in the ever-growing creative industries.

The end-of-year highlight is the BrunelDigital graduate show hosted on Brunel’s one London campus. Exhibiting your creative work at this event is a great way for you to connect with leading creative technologists and showcase your talent.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

From day one, you will start building a strong portfolio of your creative work ready for industry. The course is a mixture of theory and interactive practical sessions supported by live project briefs provided by our industry collaborators. In your final year, you will work on your individual major multimedia project which could involve the design of a web or mobile app.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

 

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a professional practice option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

A digital design degree from Brunel will prepare you for creative roles in the rapidly expanding digital media industry.

Brunel’s location close to the large concentration of creative industries in and around London means that there are a variety of job opportunities available.

Our graduates take up posts as UX and interaction designers, web and mobile designers/developers, 3D graphic artists and designers, digital video editors, post-production engineers, game designer/developers, and digital campaign managers. Many become self-employed, either as freelance designers or by setting up their own companies.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, to include a creative subject. (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Art and Design, Computing, Creative Digital Media Production, IT, Music, Music Technology, Performing Arts or Production Arts.     
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Computing, Creative Digital Media Production, IT, Music, Music Technology, Performing Arts or Production Arts AND an A-Level at grade B in a creative subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-Levels grade BB to include one creative subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points to include Higher Level Grade 5 in one creative subject.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access course in a related subject with 45 credits at Level 3 and with Merit or higher in all units.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

All applicants are required to provide a portfolio as part of the selection process before a formal offer is made.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£18,720 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our digital media degrees are delivered by a multidisciplinary teaching team. This means you’ll be learning from staff with experience in the digital industry as well as staff from academia including researchers. They will encourage individuality and support you to create innovative work.

Study will combine lectures, industry-led seminars, workshop and studio sessions, presentations, case studies, field trips, and group and individual project work.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via coursework, individual and group practical studio assignments, demonstrations and presentations, essays, and the final year major multimedia project.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.