Bringing together the themes of design, production and development together in the world of Digital Media provides an exciting future for graduates.

These themes are underpinned through our Digital Media degree by programming skills to enable you to pull the different media types together to create memorable experience on devices from the big screen to mobile. Professional and transferrable skills valued by employers, such as group working and project planning, are introduced through client projects and self-directed study.

You are encouraged to critically evaluate your work and collate everything that you create to form a portfolio of work which is an integral part of the course. Your portfolio will become an on-going record of your achievements and enhance your employability on completion of your degree.

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B401

Course Dates

September
January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

Full time: 4/5 years (Honours) with Exit Awards at the end of each stage. Articulating students: 1/2 years (Honours) with Exit Awards at the end of each stage. The course is normally 4 years in duration & is 5 years when a 1 year industrial placement is included.

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

Your study of digital media modules will be supplemented by others involving problem solving and modelling, and web design and development.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will enhance your design skills by creating highly interactive applications through a range of contexts incorporating 2D graphics and animation.

Year 3

In this year, you will expand your design and development skills with 3D graphics modelling and contribute to larger scale group projects.

Year 4

Your final year concentrates on a self-directed individual project in your chosen specialist area as well as modules in 3D animation and interaction. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Computing Information Systems
  • Problem Solving And Modelling
    Semester 2
  • Problem Solving And Modelling
  • Digital Graphics Techniques
  • Digital Media Design
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Database Systems
  • Real World Project and Professional Skills
  • Digital Media Design and Development
  • Interactive 2D Scripting
    Semester 2
  • Real World Project and Professional Skills
  • Dynamic Web Development
  • Digital Media Design and Development
    Semester 3
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    This Semester provides an additional option for students, which is not required to progress to the next Stage and the credits accumulated do not contribute to the award total

  • Industrial Work Placement
  • Erasmus Work Placement
  • Erasmus Study Abroad
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Continuing Route
  • Design Principles And Context
  • 3D Modelling
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Multimedia Component Design
    Route B - Direct Entry Route
  • Interactive 2D Scripting
  • Multimedia Component Design
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • 3D Modelling
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Continuing Route
  • User Centred Design
  • Perception And Visualisation
  • Digital Media Project
    Route B - Direct Entry Route
  • Dynamic Web Development
  • User Centred Design
  • Perception And Visualisation
    Semester 3
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    This Semester provides an additional option for students, which is not required to progress to the next Stage and the credits accumulated do not contribute to the award total

  • Industrial Work Placement
  • Erasmus Work Placement
  • Erasmus Study Abroad
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Honours Individual Project
  • 3D Animation
  • Advanced Multimedia Component Design
  • Audio And Visual Production
    Semester 2
  • Honours Individual Project
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Advanced Multimedia Component Design
  • Games Development
  • Theoretical content is complemented by practical work, supporting academic development by providing opportunities to engage with real-world problems. You will be taught through an appropriate combination of lectures, tutorials, and labs and have opportunities to learn from external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, with access to a wide variety of curricular resources.

    Class size depends on the module but for Digital Media modules is typically from 20 – 40.

    Lectures typically last one hour but are usually embedded in labs which may last two to three hours.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 20 - 40 students per group
    • Four hours per week 

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately one to four students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Practical class or workshops

    • Approximately 20 - 40 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Independent study summary

    The development of self-directed learning skills is a key aim of the course. A 15-credit module represents 150 hours of study over the course of a semester. Of this, roughly two-thirds will be self-study and completion of assessments, clearly indicating the importance of self-directed learning for this course.

    Staff delivering this course 

    Many of our staff on the course have some grade of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    The course is taught by experienced Academics who have a deep knowledge of Digital Media technologies, extensive experience in teaching aspects of the course and an ongoing commitment to research or scholarship in Digital Media development, web design and development, modelling and animation, or usability.

    As well as Academic members of staff, some teaching may be undertaken by Industry Experts, Postgraduate Research students, Library staff, Study Skills and Careers Service staff.

    Facilities

    • Large Green Screen Suite
    • Mac Suite with Soundproof Recording Booth
    • Over 250 High Specification PC’s

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • One Written Exam. Average time of exam three hours
    • Two Written Assignments, including essay
    • Two Project Outputs
    • One Report
    • One Oral Assessment
    • Dissertation

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBBC and two further passes to include English and Maths at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher. Applicants who have successfully completed two Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing and another numerate subject, may be eligible.

    GCE A Level: BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths at GCSE grade 5/C if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and Maths at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Optional paid placements, either short (6 – 16 weeks) or year-long (48 weeks) can be taken.

    You are responsible for finding a placement but will receive support and guidance from the Placement Office who compile a list of available placement opportunities. The School provides a dedicated member of staff responsible for coordinating placement activities and you will have a named member of staff who acts as an Academic Placement Supervisor in addition to your work-based industrial supervisor.

    You are strongly encouraged to look beyond the immediate locality for these. 

    More on placements

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £11,500 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more about undergraduate courses starting in January

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Opportunities exist in designing and developing software and producing multimedia for a wide range of digital media industry sectors. The skills you will gain in this course will equip you for employment in many different areas, including games and film industries, training and education, data visualisation, advertising agencies, and social media, mobile application and website development. Locally there are a large range of opportunities in the oil and gas industry in these areas, for example in simulating potential rig or subsea activities.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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