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Anglia Ruskin University

Digital Media

UCAS Code: P301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English, at least one Design Subject or Media Subject is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Web and multimedia design

**Design and create innovative, engaging digital multimedia content on our BA (Hons) Digital Media degree at Cambridge School of Art.**

New technologies and changing platforms mean there’s a growing demand for people with the skills to develop creative digital content across social media and many other digital platforms. Whether it is for businesses, charities, arts organisations and beyond you will be prepared with a transferable toolkit to take you on your digital journey, wherever that be.

Our BA (Hons) Digital Media course will help you develop your artistic vision and technical abilities, while giving you research and analytical skills to strengthen your creative ideas.

Cambridge is the perfect place to study. It’s a tech hub at the forefront of the digital revolution, often called ‘Silicon Fen’, with digital agencies and companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon opening divisions here, as well as creative organisations such as Collusion and our very own StoryLab Research Institute. Thanks to our links with such companies, you’ll follow briefs and challenges that come straight from industry, and get ongoing support to find placements and work experience.

As a BA (Hons) Digital Media student at ARU, you’ll develop your digital design and visual communication skills. Our teaching staff and technicians will help you explore, and keep up to date with new industry developments, in areas such as interactive design and animation; video production; digital photography; web design; mobile apps; sound design; physical computing; user interfaces; motion graphics; Virtual Reality; 360 film-making and other technologies.
Throughout your course you’ll have the chance to work on collaborative projects. This is a great way to develop highly sought-after transferable skills such as team working, project planning, digital portfolio creation and marketing. These are among the skills highlighted by Microsoft as the 'future of work'.
At the end of your Digital Media degree, you’ll showcase your work in our Degree Show, which is attended every year by industry professionals and recruitment agencies. You can see work by our 2020 graduating students on our PRESENT showcase site: present.aru.ac.uk/tags/courses/digital-media.

Our Art and Design courses ranked 8th in the UK for 'Satisfied with Course' and 3rd for 'Satisfied with Teaching' in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

As a Digital Media student at ARU you’ll have use of the full Adobe Creative suite; Apple iMacs; wide-format printers and scanners; photography equipment, including digital cameras and lighting kits; video editing suites; sound studios; film studios; VR and 360 cameras. All our facilities at Cambridge School of Art are also open to you, including a printmaking workshop; a 3D workshop; a digital photography lab; photography studios and darkrooms; vintage printmaking presses; letterpress machine; Mac and PC suites. Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support on all these facilities.
By completing our BA (Hons) Digital Media course you'll be prepared for roles including Digital Media design, web design, social media analysis, content writing, videography, motion graphic art and interactive design. But you’ll also be ready for near-future careers such as digital culture commentator or designer. You might even invent your own new role in this exciting cultural landscape.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities for you to learn through work-based projects, internships and placements. Our employability advisers run workshops, seminars, networking events, portfolio reviews and design challenges, and will help you find placements and work experience, so that you can graduate with the creative skills and confidence to succeed.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Introduction to Creative Digital Processes
Photography: Post Production Workflow
Digital Media Design
Introduction to Web Design

Year one, optional modules

Contextual Studies
English for Study 1 & 2
History of Digital Media

Year two, core modules

Interactive Narratives
Interactive Environments
Debates and Practices

Year two, optional modules

New Media Design - Graphic Design for Screen Based Applications
Time Based Media
Building an online Audience
Business for the Creative Arts
3D Computer Generated Imagery
Cross-Platform Production
Graphic Design for the Web
Contemporary Digital Approaches
Writing for Images
Anglia Language Programme

Year three, core modules

Digital Media Specialised Practice
Research Project
Major Project

Assessment methods

Our modules allow you to demonstrate your progress by producing coursework to set projects, and formal briefs. At the end of each semester you’ll submit design work for practice-based modules, and a written document for contextual/theoretical modules. These will then be graded and you’ll receive written feedback.

You’ll also receive on going feedback on your design project concepts and develop your learning in taught sessions, one-to-one discussions, project reviews, peer to peer feedback and group critiques.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Web and multimedia design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

65%
UK students
35%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts & design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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