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BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Creative Digital Media) (Top-up)


The BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Creative Digital Media) recognises the versatility needed for creative practitioners to be well equipped in a competitive industry and provides opportunities to explore innovative approaches to working within digital media environments.

The programme provides the opportunity to gain comprehensive experience in the three main areas of digital design: interactive media, time-based media and 2D media and print.

These areas incorporate web design, mobile apps, interface design, physical computing (Arduino), 3D / 2D animation, film and motion design, digital image manipulation, digital illustration and graphic design. In addition to this, you will be required to complete an independent research investigation into digital design practice, allowing you to explore individual specialisms and specific technologies.        

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

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Entry requirements

To start this course you will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 240 credits on a relevant foundation degree with a minimum profile of merit/50%
  • At least 240 credits on a relevant HND, with a minimum of a merit profile
  • Other relevant Level 5 qualification (normally 240 credits at a minimum of a merit grade, or equivalent)

We normally require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, to include English language and maths; English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, conferences, etc.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20191 yr(s)4518D1£7000.00Apply
Sep 20201 yr(s)4518D1£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a one-year full-time course. Participation in occasional events outside normal class time is necessary. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside of the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used; however, they are all coursework-based. You will undertake coursework not just for assessment purposes but to consolidate and apply learning as part of the learning strategy for the modules. Owing to the practical nature of the subject, most modules are summatively assessed in part via a portfolio or design presentation to enable you to demonstrate your creative abilities. An essential skill at level 6 is the ability to critically evaluate and reflect. To ensure that these skills are developed, you will also be required to submit a range of reflective statements and evaluative reports based on your portfolio, design outcomes and associated learning experiences.

What does the course lead to?

The programme will prepare you for a variety of digital design career opportunities and will allow you to generate a professional portfolio relevant for prospective employers. Employment opportunities include virtual 3D modelling, game design, interface design, website design, mobile app design, digital video production, graphic design and illustration. Our careers team and tutors will be able to give you guidance on the range of employment opportunities available to you and will support you with taking the next step.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules.

  • Interactive media
  • 2D media and print
  • Time-based media
  • Applied research
  • Applied practice

Module titles subject to change

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the award, you may wish to progress onto the MA in Film and Photography at the University of Derby, subject to meeting minimum entry requirements. Our tutors and careers team will be able to support you with the application process. You may also wish to progress onto other MA programmes in an interactive media-related field, subject to entry requirements.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

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However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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