Interactive Media BSc (Hons)

UCAS code I610
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What is special about this course?

The aim of the BSc (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.

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC Digital Design and Web Development:

  • 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 OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • 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 or HNC Digital Design and Web Development, with Grade B or above in Graded Unit 2; or equivalent
  • Direct entry to year three of the degree is an appropriate HND, such as HND Interactive Media or HND Digital Design and Development, with grade B or above in the Graded Unit 2; or equivalent

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 3 - BSc

You will study the following core modules:

  • Advanced databases
  • Designing web-based applications
  • Team project (computing and interactive media)

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

  • Video and audio production techniques
  • Advanced 3D animation
  • Mobile application development
  • Advanced design techniques
  • Small business planning

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • Games engines for interactive applications
  • Emerging technologies in human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Entrepreneurship and portfolio development
  • Advanced topics
  • Dissertation: research and product development

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

For direct entry applicants and continuing students into year three and four: Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, most likely in semester two (from January 2021).
  • 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 (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
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 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
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 Degree £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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Degree free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Degree free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three 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 while studying.

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

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:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £13,200 £2,200 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Degree £13,200 £2,200 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,855 £457 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Degree £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK

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.

Funding

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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I enjoyed the balance of practical to theory based learning but I always knew that it was the web-based applications and development that really interested me and this has stood me in good stead when looking for employment. Currently I work for The Football Pools as a Front-end Web Developer, in Elgin. My job ranges from creation of visual prototyping of applications to physical coding, imagery creation and integration.

The highlight of my university journey was graduating with first-class honours and being awarded 2018 Student of the Year. I will always look back on my time here with a smile on my face - I did it, and for those thinking about it, you can too!

Phil Forster graduated from the BA (Hons) Interactive Media in 2018 from our Moray College UHI campus

The course was a great balance between design and coding. I was really pleased with how involved the lecturers were in my studies and the smaller class sizes helped to give an almost one-to-one tuition. Between my second and third year studies, I did a summer placement at Hunted Cow Studios as a Game Scenario Designer. I was later offered a full time position as a 3D artist. I hadn’t really thought about being in the games industry but Interactive Media opened my eyes to the variety of avenues you can progress onto.

Natalie Seivwright completed her BA (Hons) in Interactive Media at Moray College UHI in 2016.

I enjoyed the HNC and HND at Moray College UHI so I decided to progress onto the degree here too. I also run my own business AJF Web Design (www.ajfwebdesign.com) and was able to carry on working while studying. I’ve managed to use almost everything I learned on the courses in the real world; it has particularly improved my business and helped me to offer a better service to my clients. Out of all the units, I think I got the most from the graphic design element. Our lecturer had a great knowledge of the industry and such a passion for what she did that it was hard not to enjoy everything about those classes. 

Andrew French completed his BA (Hons) Interactive Media in 2018 at our Moray College UHI campus.

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