Interactive Media BA (Hons)

UCAS code I610
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The aim of the BA (Hons) in Interactive Media is to give you a professional grounding in the development of interactive and digital media products while allowing you the scope to specialise in a number of key areas and work with external clients on real industry projects.

The term 'interactive media' defines a collection of disparate technologies which provide a user experience using digital platforms. These range from websites, mobile apps, software applications and even interactive installations. Digital content creation goes hand-in-hand with an understanding of interactive media and disciplines such as graphic design, animation, video and audio production, all form part of the subject area.

The course will encourage your creativity and entrepreneurial qualities and also give you the solid theoretical and technical understanding you need to succeed. Graduates from this degree will: be equipped to think creatively; have a solid foundation of knowledge in a number of key technical areas; and have the confidence and ability to enter a workplace environment, become self-employed or form a start-up company.

Special features

  • A practical focussed course teaching technical skills in a wide range of disciplines including web, mobile apps and computer games
  • Encourages creative thinking in a variety of contexts for the creation of digital media including graphic design, video, audio and animation
  • Live projects give learners experience of working with real world clients on a number of exciting projects.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Computing with Digital Media Level 6
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis, based on a portfolio review and interview.

Advanced entry to year two or three of the degree:

  • Direct entry to year two, HND, is an appropriate HNC, such as HNC Interactive Media
  • Direct entry to year three of the degree is an appropriate HND, such as HND Interactive Media, with grade B or above in the Graded Unit 2

Year 1 - HNC

HNC Interactive Media


Year 2 - HND

HND Interactive Media

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Advanced design techniques
  • Responsive web design and client side scripting
  • Team project
  • Small business planning

Option modules, from which you must choose two, may include:

  • Video and audio production techniques
  • Advanced 3D modelling and animation
  • Introduction to web science
  • Mobile application development

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Emerging technologies in human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Entrepreneurship and portfolio development
  • Advanced topics in interactive media
  • Research and product development

Option modules, from which you must choose two, may include:

  • Games engines for interactive applications
  • Web programming

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), making use of online learning materials and collaborative tools.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016/17
Year 1
HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,320 (per 20 credit module)

**4th (Honours) year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time***
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Graphic design
  • Website design and development
  • App development
  • Computer games
  • Animation
  • Visual effects and CGI
  • Video and audio production

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Interactive Media BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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