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Digital Media (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Foundation Year: City of Bristol College and Years one to three: Frenchay
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Daniel Buzzo
Key fact:
On this course, you will build your portfolio by applying problem solving and technical knowledge to a series of real world projects.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Digital Media?

A range of design principles and delivery technologies underpins all digital media whether these are movies and music, print and broadcast, or commerce and interactive entertainment. The growth of digital media uses range from in-car to screenless interaction, from urban social networks to mobile commerce in the developing world.

Why study our course?

This BSc(Hons) Digital Media course introduces you to the design contexts and development opportunities in use and on the horizon for digital media creation and delivery. You will learn the fundamentals of development - from programming, web technologies and design and visualisation techniques, to rich media creation, multi-platform deployment, physical-computing, testing and project management. You will develop a strong grounding in industry standard processes, technologies and their application. You will learn about the art and science of communication while developing an understanding of the ethical, commercial and legal environment in which the industry operates.

During the first year of this course you'll study at City of Bristol College. You can access UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus and all the facilities and accommodation available to our students. From the second year of your course onwards you'll be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

Real world experience

To enhance your professional skills and experience, you will start building your portfolio by working on live briefs with local businesses from day one. There will be an opportunity to improve your industry knowledge and contacts through networking evenings with regional businesses, and attending presentations by visiting professionals. And, where possible, we will arrange for industry software developers to come in and run student projects.

Where it can take you

On graduation, a range of career opportunities will be available in large corporations to smaller entrepreneurial start-ups. Working at all stages of content creation, your options will range from project management and client handling, to information architecture, creative software and web development.



You will spend your initial year at City of Bristol College. From the second year of your course onwards, you will be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

Foundation Year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundation Maths for Computing
  • Professional and Communication Skills
  • Computer Architecture
  • Internet Systems
  • IS Fundamentals
  • Programme Design and Implementation
  • Programming Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Computer Sciences and Creative Technology courses.

Year one

In the first year, you will acquire skills in fundamental areas such as visual design, media technologies and web development. You will also receive teaching geared towards helping you understand the principles behind interaction design, multimedia production and how best to communicate information.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Web Platforms
  • Design in Context
  • Multimedia Studio
  • Web Design Studio
  • Graphic Design.

Year two

In this year, you will build on the foundations laid in earlier years and develop your skills in design for web platforms, Multimedia Authoring and Human-Computer Interaction, as well as other specialist applications and techniques.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Data, Schemas and Applications
  • Web Design Principles
  • User Experience
  • 3D Technologies for the Web.

Final year

The final year brings together all the ideas and skills acquired so far. You will study core modules in Professional and Policy Issues, advanced web topics, development for mobile devices and 3D Modelling and Animation. You will also undertake a project in which you will research an area of interest and develop an appropriate digital media application. This will serve to consolidate and extend your knowledge, as well as establish your practical expertise.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Topics in Web Development 1
  • Creative Technologies Project
  • Interaction Design
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media.

In addition, you will choose from the following optional modules, according to credit requirements:

  • Professional Experience
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development 2
  • Mobile Applications
  • Audio-Visual Production.

If you wish to specialise in Web Development, Media Production or Games Development, there are alternative modules specific to each pathway.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Throughout the course, you will develop knowledge and skills through a combination of computer-based practical work, theoretical discussion, classroom-based exercises and self-directed study. The aim is for you to become accomplished in practical work involving the creation, development and deployment of interactive media for the web. It will also equip you to be able to discuss the principles behind this work.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


A combination of practical coursework and end of year examinations is used to assess most modules.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) - the Chartered Institute for IT.


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

There is a wide range of placement opportunities in the region. These include working with digital media, games and mobile technologies or large branding companies. Some of our more enterprising students have been supported to set up businesses during their placement year based on their web, trans-media or mobile development ideas.


To help you get out and learn more about the industry, we will arrange student trips to Bristol's Web Developer Conference, which was started up by an ex-student. We will also arrange an annual trip to the Dutch Electronics Arts Exhibition in Rotterdam and Transmediale in Berlin.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you will be studying at City of Bristol College. During this year, you will also have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to all UWE Bristol students.

The following year you willl learn, collaborate and get creative at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus, where we have cutting-edge facilities for you to:

  • hothouse and develop concepts for group projects in our digital media studio
  • design and test software in our large computer labs with dedicated servers and Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems
  • create and edit digital media in our state-of-the-art media studios at Bower Ashton Campus, which has video and sound recording studios and post-production facilities
  • access advanced video and audio equipment and use software for 2D, 3D, animation and coding
  • develop production and post-production skills at technical workshops. 

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Build industry networks

To help you meet potential employers, we run regular industry networking evenings. We will also encourage you to apply your skills and learn from industry coders and journalists tackling social issues on Mozilla hack days.

Innovate and create

Our students are creative and entrepreneurial and often get involved in UWE Bristol's enterprise activities. Past students have worked with students from other disciplines and won national competitions to develop business ideas.

Gain experience

From day one, we will encourage you to develop an online portfolio and apply your skills in industry. To support this, we run an online forum and jobs board with details of internships, summer placements etc.

As a result, many students undertake commercial work alongside their studies, from smartphone apps to website development and social media, or opt to boost their skills through internships and summer placements.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, career opportunities will range from those in large corporations to smaller entrepreneurial start-ups. Working at all stages of the content creation process, you will be able to choose to go into project management, client handling, creative software development or information architecture. Past students have gone on to work in software engineering, 3D, motion graphics, web development and client handling in digital agencies.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Media and Publishing


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Home/EU - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Offshore - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU - Sandwich - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Home/EU - Sandwich - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore - Sandwich - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Offshore - Sandwich - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Digital Media course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

Key information sets

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