Digital Media

BSc (Hons)

This course is an exciting package of design, production, and development modules curated to give you the creative design skills and high-level technical ability needed to make an impact. As a graduate you’ll take your employer’s digital media assets to the next level, in an exciting, rapidly-evolving industry.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to develop a client brief from design concept to practical implementation. The four main themes of design, user interaction, web, and digital media run throughout this degree and are underpinned by technical and professional skills, to increase your employability upon graduation.

This course has 
a 92% student satisfaction rate, and 91% of graduates of this course go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course - Unistats, 2017.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years + 1 year placement

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
Course Length
4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
Course Length
4 years + 1 year placement
Year 1

You will take part in an interdisciplinary first year, where you will start to develop your creative, practical and professional skills in digital graphics techniques and software development for digital media, supplemented by collaborative and professional skills, problem-solving and modelling, and web development topics.

Year 2

You’ll further your design skills by studying design principles from initial concepts through to development and delivery. This will enable you to create highly interactive applications in a range of contexts incorporating 2D graphics and animation. There’s a strong emphasis on providing real-life experience with the introduction of client-based projects

Year 3

You will expand your design and development skills into 3D graphics modelling to deliver expressive and engaging digital media solutions.

At the end of this year you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement, or period of Erasmus or Study Abroad where credits earned don’t contribute towards the award total.

Year 4

You’ll concentrate on a self-directed project in your chosen specialist area, and 3D animation and interaction modules. You’ll create high-quality audio and video production and effects, and design mobile applications for an immersive, interactive media-rich user experience. You’ll critically evaluate your work and collate a portfolio to enhance your employability.

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. 

Detailed module information

You will be taught through 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 resources. Your theoretical content will be complemented by practical work, to support your academic development and provide opportunities to engage with real-world problems. 

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.

Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Lectures - 20 - 40 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 - 4 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 - 40 students per group, 8 hours per week
Independent Study

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 on 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.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each semester:

  • 1 Written Exam. Average time of exam 3 hours
  • 2 Written Assignments, including essay
  • 2 Project Outputs
  • 1  Report
  • 1 Oral Assessment
  • 1 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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

Optional paid placements can be taken, either for a short-term (6 – 16 weeks) or year-long (48 weeks) duration. The credits accumulated do not contribute to the award total for your degree. You are responsible for finding a placement but will receive support from the Placement Office who compiles a list of available opportunities. There is a dedicated member of staff responsible for coordinating placement activities and an Academic Placement Supervisor in addition to your work-based Industrial Supervisor. You are strongly encouraged to look beyond the immediate locality for placement opportunities. 

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional period of Erasmus or Study Abroad which is not required to progress to the next stage and the credits accumulated do not contribute to the award total. This usually takes place between Year 3 and Year 4. 

Choose 1 option module from the following group: 

  • Industrial Work Placement
  • Erasmus Work Placement
  • Erasmus Study Abroad

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

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. Opportunities exist in designing and developing software and producing multimedia for a wide-range of digital media industry sectors. 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.

CAREERS

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 Year 1 entry: BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths at GCSE grade 5/C if not held at A Level.

GCE A Level Year 2 entry: ABB/BBB to include Math and another numerate subject. English at GCSE grade 5/C is required 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 Year 1 entry: 27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level. 

IB Diploma Year 2 entry: 32/30 to include Math and another numerate subject at higher level pass. Standard Level English 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

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.

International College

English Language Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

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 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • £50 for materials
  • Approximately £500 for a laptop

Other Fees and Charges

STUDENT FUNDING

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

STudents Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) 

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

STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND

STUDENT FINANCE WALES

STUDENT FINANCE NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

The opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading oil and gas groups reflects the strong industrial ties of this course. Find out more about scholarships:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see

STUDENT FINANCE

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

Fugro has employed a number of students who have contributed positively to our Academy across our e-learning and multimedia development team. This has kept our training ahead of the game. We particularly like the skills taught by RGU – the students are able to hit-the-ground-running.
ALAN PAYNE | FUGRO ACADEMY

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
 
 

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We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

January Intake - International Applicants Only

International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)

 


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.


Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.


RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.