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University of Portsmouth

Creative Media and Technology

UCAS Code: P3P2

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent./GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

An A level in a computing, creative media or related subject, or equivalent, or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, to which you should bring a portfolio of recent work. This interview will include an admissions test.

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Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Computer animation and visual effects

Web and multimedia design

Research skills

Computer games

Applied computing

Want to work in a creative sector such as animation, games, or film?

Whether you’re already in further education or from an industry background looking to develop your skills, this 2-year Creative Media and Technology HND at Eastleigh College could be the perfect course for you.

You'll focus on both the creative and the technical side of digital and creative media, including 3D modelling for games and animation, video editing and post-production, programming, web design, concept art production, group project management, and business development. Plus you'll have opportunities to use modern game engines and other professional-standard software.

Digital entertainment is the third-fastest growing industry in Europe, with an increasing demand for creatives who have technical skills, such as CGI artists, 3D modellers and architectural visualisers. When you complete this course successfully, you can top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree or begin your career in the digital industry.

**Location – course delivered in Eastleigh**
This course takes place at Eastleigh College in Hampshire. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources. Eastleigh College is an established training provider with a wealth of experience delivering a range of technical and professional courses for school leavers, located near Eastleigh rail station and Southampton Airport.

**What you'll experience**
On this Creative Media and Technology HND course, you'll:

- Be taught by teaching staff with professional experience and continued links to the digital sector, giving you industry insights and the most up-to-date digital skills

- Learn practical and transferable skills in creative and critical thinking, team working, information management, project management and problem solving

- Benefit from guest speakers sharing their experiences to give you a better understanding of the industry, and allowing you to make valuable contacts through networking

- Take part in field trips that provide a wealth of working experiences including practical and logistical problems that reflect what you'll experience in the industry

- Study at Eastleigh College

You'll have access to professional-standard equipment and resources, including:
- The latest 3D modelling, graphics, animation and post-production software

- Motion capture equipment

- 3D printing facilities

- Industry-standard game engines

- Fully equipped and isolated computer labs where you can test networked and multiplayer games

- Access to the HE common room, where you can relax with a coffee and work together with your peers

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish this Creative Media and Technology HND course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

**What can you do with a Creative Media HND?**
With a creative media HND, you could go onto work in areas such as:

- game design

- programming

- web design

- architectural visualisation

- animation

- production for film or TV

You could also continue your studies or set up a business with help and support from the University.

You'll have the opportunity to take an additional year to gain your Bachelor’s degree, which will further increase your employment prospects, and could lead to opportunities for further study at MSc or PhD level.

Modules

Year 1
Core Modules in this year include:
- Audiovisual Production for Media
- Concept Art
- Foundations of 3D Graphics
- Genre Analysis
- Introduction to Programming
- Team Development Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core Modules in this year include:
- Asset Production
- Business Enterprise
- EPortfolio
- Intermediate Programming
- Rapid Prototyping

Optional Modules in this year currently include:
- Animation
- Architectural Visualisation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

exam-based assessments
written reports
individual and group presentations or videos
We also provide elements of client-based assessment and exhibition-based assessment.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

Eastleigh College

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

87%
high
Web and multimedia design
75%
low
Research skills

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.

Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
D

Design studies

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Education

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

90%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

Computer games

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
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.

Computer games and animation

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years. But at the moment this looks to be a good degree if you want to work on the technical side of film and TV and this is the most common industry for new graduates.

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Education

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Childcare and related personal services
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals

Computing

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer animation and visual effects

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

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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.

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.

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£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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.

Research skills

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

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

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.

Computer games

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

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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