• Apply your computing knowledge to the creative industries
  • Access to all the latest software and hardware

Course overview

The role of computing and computer software in creative settings is explored on our new BSc (Hons) Creative Computing degree course, which will have you exploring how technology can enhance the creative industries. 

With access to our cutting-edge, industry-standard facilities at UCA Farnham, you’ll learn about programming, data types and databases, web design and development and user interfaces, while creative visual coding is developed with applications in image and sound processing.  

Artificial intelligence, which is critical to modern computing, will also be studied in depth, exploring its applications in creative domains such as music and the visual arts. Implementing real industry briefs, you’ll develop a range of software by-products and explore different areas of animation.  

Elective units also allow you to explore topics such as digital storytelling, sound and image processing, and motion capture and virtual production technologies, ensuring you graduate with the theoretical frameworks and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in industry. 

This course is subject to validation. 

Course entry options

Select from the options below to find out more about the different study options available for this course:

What you'll study

What you'll
study

Your first year focuses on developing programming concepts, data types and databases, web design and development and user interfaces. Alongside this you will explore the professional and cultural context computing and what it means to develop as a computing professional.

Your units are as follows:

  • Computing Fundamentals 1: Programming & Machines
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Data & Data Structures
  • Computer Fundamentals 2: Programming & Interfaces
  • The Computing Professional
  • Web Design & Development

In your second year, you'll deepen your understanding of visual programming and develops image and sound applications as well as introducing artificial intelligence. You will continue to develop as a creative computing professional, working in a group to develop a software product to meet an industry focussed brief. Elective units include those that in digital storytelling, sound and image processing, and motion capture and virtual production technologies.

Your units are as follows:

  • Creative Coding & Applications
  • The Conscious Practitioner
  • Creative Computing Tools
  • Application Development: Industry Brief
  • Two elective units (TBA)

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

Your final year provides an opportunity to further explore the role of artificial intelligence in creative domains and 3D animation techniques. You will develop your own major degree project and prepare for your career in professional practice.

Your units are as follows:

  • Artificial Intelligence for Creativity
  • 3D Animation
  • Final Major Project

Industry placement
offer

Preparing graduates for successful careers underpins everything we do, and all students on this course may be offered support to identify and prepare for an industry placement according to their individual needs. We’ll draw on our wide range of contacts within the creative industries to help provide you with opportunities that align with your interests and future career aspirations.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Fees & funding

Fees &
financial support

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students:

  • Integrated Foundation Year - £9,250
  • BSc course - £9,250

EU students:

  • Integrated International Foundation Year - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • BSc course - £9,250 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • Integrated International Foundation Year - £16,950
  • BSc course - £16,950

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,850 (UK students) and £3,390 (International students). You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this. 

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only, for details of previous years please see the full fee schedules. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Financial support

There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources.

Discover what support you might qualify for please see our financial support information

UCA scholarships and fee discounts

At UCA we have a number of scholarships and fee discounts available to assist you with the cost of your studies.

You'll find everything you need to know for your level of study on our scholarships page.

Additional course costs

In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials.

These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. 

Facilities

Our games and computing courses have studios with high-end PCs with Alienware towers, 4k dual screen monitors and Wacom Cintiq graphics tablets, all dedicated to games design, with software including Unity and Unreal games engines. There is also a VR development studio. In addition, our Farnham campus has sound production and Foley studios, pro tools and a specialist library.

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Computing and games studio, UCA Farnham

Computing and games studios, UCA Farnham

 

Computing and games studio, UCA Farnham

VR motion capture studio, UCA Farnham

Career opportunities

Career
opportunities

Having had the opportunity to tailor the academic units to their areas of specialised interests, graduates have the opportunity to adapt their creative talents to roles within a variety of industries.

These include working as a:

  • Games software developer
  • Special effects developer for film and television
  • VR creative developer
  • User Experience auditor
  • Music technology developer
  • Software engineer.

Graduates of this course may wish to consider opportunities for further study on one of our postgraduate courses.

Entry & portfolio requirements

Entry & portfolio
requirements

BSc (Hons) course
BSc (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements* for these courses are one of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade 9-4/A*-C including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.  

Portfolio requirements

These courses don’t require a portfolio.If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. 

We’re interested to know if you have any background in computing and why you wish to study at a creative university, so we recommend you include this information in your personal statement.

 


BSc (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements* for these courses are one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade 9-4/A*-C including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply. 

Portfolio requirements

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. 

 


*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

BSc (Hons) course
BSc (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

The entry requirements for these courses will depend on the country your qualifications are from, please check the equivalent qualifications for your country:

Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.

Portfolio requirements

These courses don’t require a portfolio.If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. 

We’re interested to know if you have any background in computing and why you wish to study at a creative university, so we recommend you include this information in your personal statement.

 


BSc (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

For these courses you need to have completed 12 years of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.

Portfolio requirements

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course. 

 


English language requirements

To study at UCA, you'll need to have a certain level of English language skill. And so, to make sure you meet the requirements of your course, we ask for evidence of your English language ability, please chcek the level of English language required:

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

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