This foundation degree concentrates on the technical and artistic use of digital interactive technologies to create games and mobile apps. It provides you with access to a range of software for designing and building interactive content on multiple platforms.
Computer coding forms an integral part of the course, providing the technical foundation for dynamic artistic design. You will have the opportunity to specialise in game design or app and web development as your progress through the course.
The course is built around both the theoretical and practical aspects of interactive design, which will develop your skills in contemporary industry practice and technologies. This means that when you graduate, your knowledge and skills will be directly transferable to current roles within the creative media sector.
Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students) develops the underpinning knowledge and principles associated with the adventure leadership sector, for example the principles and philosophy of adventure leadership and psychology of the outdoors.
Level 5 (Year 2 for full-time students) develops the foundations of understanding from Level 4 to support with the progression of more critical thinking skills such as analysing the impacts of the adventure sector and future trends and opportunities.
The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. The balance of assessment by examination/test, coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 92% coursework 8% exams/test Year 2 - 100% coursework Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, In 2018/19 the first year of this programme was timetabled on: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.
Ucas Code: 3W0B
Award: FdA awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) Digital Arts and Technology degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could immediately enter employment in a variety of creative media production environments using the skills you have developed.
"Having progressed from a Level 3 course in Games and Interactive Media at South Devon College, I knew that there were excellent facilities and levels of support. The fact that UCSD is local also meant I would save money by staying at home, which was really beneficial. The support of the tutors has helped me transition into university-level study, which has been very positive. I contributed to an employment and research scholarship, where we secured an Oculus Rift display, which I'll be using to simulate and test some of the 3D spaces I've created. When I complete my studies at UCSD I will go on to complete a top-up year, before entering employment. At the moment I'm planning on working as either a graphic designer or in 3D modelling using the skills I've learnt during my studies."Jack Gladman
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