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Digital Media

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Digital Media

The Digital Media course is a two-year top-up programme which leads to an Honours degree for those with a relevant HND. It is an exciting way for you to leverage your existing skill set by further developing your creative design skills and high-level technical ability, so you can make an impact 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 programming, run throughout the course, and are underpinned by technical and professional skills, to increase your employability upon graduation.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

2 years

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

2 years + 1 year placement
YEAR 3

You will expand your existing design and development skills by studying 3D graphics modelling and animation, underpinned by theoretical modules on prototyping, usability and team-based project management. You will also get a grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and learn to build dynamic web content. This will allow you to deliver expressive and engaging digital media solutions.

Year 4

In your Honours year, you will concentrate on a self-directed project in your chosen specialist area underpinned by research with an academic supervisor. You will learn to critically evaluate your work to a professional standard, and to underpin your work with relevant theories of human computer interaction and data visualisation. This is complemented by specialist classes on games development, audio-visual production and immersive technology including VR and AR.

 
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, 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. 

Lectures are complemented by smaller practical lab sessions (approximately 40 students) to contextualise your learning.

Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 - 8 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 12 hours per week
Independent Study

The development of self-directed learning skills is a key aim of the course. A typical 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

You will be taught by experienced academics with industry and/or research experience in digital media. 

Staff members on the course are frequently recognised by the student body through the annual STAR (Support and Teaching Staff with Appreciation and Recognition) Awards, which is voted for by students and organised by RGU:Union. In recent years, staff members on the course have been recipients of a number of nominations and awards, including two Lecturer of the Year awards, Supervisor of the Year, Personal Tutor of the Year, and multiple awards for Continued Excellence. 

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

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

Year 3

  • 2 Project Outputs
  • 2 Reports
  • 2 Practical Skills Assessment

Year 4 

  • 1 Written Exam. Average time of exam 3 hours
  • 1 Written Assignment, including essay
  • 2 Project Outputs
  • 2 Practical Skills Assessment
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 Inclusion 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.

The inclusion 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 (summer) or a year-long 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 will compile 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.

The confidence and experience you could acquire during a placement will make you more employable and put you one step ahead of the competition when you graduate. 

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional period of Erasmus/Study Abroad instead of your placement at one of our partner universities across the world. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture, whilst gaining a valuable and tailored educational experience, building upon the expertise gained within the first few years at RGU.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

The skills you will gain in this course will equip you for employment in many different areas, including the games and film industries, training and education, data visualisation, advertising agencies, social media, mobile application and website development.

A wide range of opportunities exist in designing and developing software, and producing multimedia across the digital media sector.

Locally, there are a range of opportunities in the oil and gas industry, for example in simulating potential rig or subsea activities.

Previous BSc Digital Media have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Graduate User Experience Designer
  • eContent Developer
  • Animation Intern

Find Your CAREER Path

 

The requirements are a HND Computing: Software Development or a similar Computing with Software Development diploma award.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. 

Entry into Year 2 can be considered.

Advanced Entry

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

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 2021/2022

Scottish Students

  • £1,820 per academic year
  • £910 for a full placement year

EU Students

  • Fee to be confirmed

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year
  • £3,375 for a full placement year

International Students

  • £15,040 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full placement year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year
  • £910 for a full placement year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year
  • £3,375 for a full placement year

International Students

  • £15,040 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full placement 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
  • Whilst it is not essential to have your own laptop, some students choose to purchase their own computer for use throughout the course

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

 

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