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Goldsmiths, University of London

Creative Computing with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

UCAS Code: G402

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Multimedia computing science

Whether you’re interested in games, electronic music, digital art or creative technology, this programme will prepare you for technology-focussed work, and coding in the creative industries.

This degree helps you develop the fullest range of technical skills for the creative industries, preparing you as a programmer for jobs in games, web, mobile visual effects, social media, and digital advertising.

This is an alternative entry route for students without the formal academic profile to enter into degree level study. We will help you develop your undergraduate academic skills, whilst also teaching you foundations of programming, problem solving and maths.

**Why study the BSc Creative Coomputing Integrated Degree (with Foundation Year) at Goldsmiths?**
Teaching on this programme is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations, and you don’t need to know how to code before you start. You'll begin by creating simple software programs, before gradually building expertise so that you’re ready for undergraduate study. Your practical work will be underpinned by theory ranging from problem-solving strategies to professional software development models.

You’ll benefit from Goldsmiths’ unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching Computing and explore how computing interacts with the arts, humanities and social sciences. And when you successfully complete our foundation year, you’ll be eligible to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree in Computing.

**Create your own projects**
The degree is hands on and practical from the start. You’ll be creating your own games, mobile apps, digital artworks, and web applications. By working on practical projects throughout your degree, you will build a relevant skillset for your future career.

**Industrial placement year**
You will also have the option to take an industrial placement year after the second year– an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects. By the end of your degree you will have built a portfolio of work to kickstart your career in the creative industries.

**Learn skills for the creative industries**
We will teach you the skills you need to become a technology-led creative, but you don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you up to a professional level over the course of your degree. You will program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about graphics and sound programming, computational art, and web development. You will also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking, and version control.

**After your degree**
This highly versatile degree prepares you for a range of careers in technology. Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as machine learning, digital public art, digital advertising, user interface design, music technology, film/tv special effects and post production, and software engineering. This course is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.

Modules

You’ll develop your own creative projects, which will increase in scale and ambition. As your degree progresses, you will personalise your studies by choosing from our range of option modules, including physical computing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, and digital performance.

You will learn creative thinking and design techniques by studying topics such as generative drawing and user-centred design, and will also develop key professional skills such as teamwork, project pitching, and project management.

Year 0 - (foundation year) is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in computing. During the year you’ll learn the foundations of how to program a computer. You’ll work on practical examples of computing applications and learn to develop simple software programs which gradually increase in complexity. You’ll also work on your mathematical and problem-solving skills, as well as more general study skills.

Year 0 includes four integrated units of study:
Studying Computers
Foundations of Problem Solving
Foundations of Programming
Foundations of Mathematics for Computing

Year 1 - compulsory modules
Introduction to Programming
Front End Web
Creative Computing Project 1
Designing Digital Interactions
Numerical Mathematics
Graphics 1
Sound and Signal 1
Generative Drawing

Year 2 - In your second year, you will take four compulsory modules, one of which is a second Creative Computing Project, and option modules.
C++ for Creative Practice
Perception and Multimedia Computing
Dynamic Web Applications
Creative Computing Project 2
Year 2 option modules
Physical Computing
Graphics 2
Extended C++
Sound and Signal 2

Optional placement year
Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process.

Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in a straight three years.

Year 3 (or Year 4 with work placement)
You will take two compulsory modules, and choose option modules from a list approved annually by the department.

Year 3/4 compulsory modules
Advanced Audio-visual Processing
Final Project in Creative Computing

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Computing

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.

76%
med
Multimedia computing science

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.

Multimedia computing science

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


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Multimedia computing science

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.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Multimedia computing science

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

£23k

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£31k

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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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