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Glasgow School of Art

Interaction Design

UCAS Code: W280

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

114-128

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Web and multimedia design

Interactive and electronic design

What does it mean to interact with digital technology? What are the skills that artists and designers need to exploit the creative possibilities opened up by digital technologies? The Interaction Design degree aims to produce graduates that are innovative users of technology.

The 21st century is seeing exciting changes ripple through art, design and architecture; changes driven by fresh ways of thinking informed by advancements in digital technologies. The Interaction Design programme at The Glasgow School of Art (previously BDes (Hons) Digital Culture) embraces the creative possibilities opened up by such technologies to reveal alternative approaches for design and artistic expression. Digital art and design crosses different boundaries and builds its foundations on good practice developed in a variety of creative disciplines including photography, moving image, 3D, sound, graphics, web, interaction and more.

In Interaction Design we teach the fundamentals of code in an accessible manner alongside visual thinking and creative problem-­solving. When combined these aptitudes gives students access to a fully­ featured and essential digital toolset. Skills and confidence are developed through supported exercises, which form the building blocks of knowledge and techniques, which students can quickly apply to the creative problems set in project briefs. Current projects include the process of digitisation, data visualisation, 3D form generation, contemporary narrative structures, interaction design, procedural drawing and motion graphics. The projects change year on year to reflect the fast ­pace of innovation in digital culture.

The ability to mix code and procedural thinking, with aesthetic consideration and critical awareness, allows students to create interactive virtual and physical artefacts, and gives graduates access to the exciting and innovative world of digital art and design.

The discipline is fast ­paced and prone to constant flux so it is imperative that digital artists and designers keep up with current advances. They require a passion for technology and innovation, along with forward­ thinking imagination and the capacity to develop great ideas. The content of the programme is kept current and topical through strong links with industry and digital arts practioners. During the four years of study students participate in critical discussions and inquiry ­led learning to explore historical and contemporary theories associated with digital culture and consider their impact on interconnected global society. There are ever growing opportunities for sustainable creative careers relating to the creative digital industries.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,840
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Garnethill Campus

Department:

School of Design

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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.

70%
low
Web and multimedia design
70%
low
Interactive and electronic 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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

54%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
B

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Web and multimedia 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.

£11k

£11k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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