BSc (Hons) Creative Computing
  • BSc (Hons) Creative Computing

    Institution code: N39
    Course UCAS code: C100
    Course length: 3 years
    Work-based learning opportunities: Creative Professional Development Year (Level 5 diploma) available between years 2 & 3

    Our BSc (Hons) Creative Computing* has been developed in response to national and international industry need for creative graduates with advanced technical skills.  Build skills in coding and software design that are in high demand in the digital and creative industries as you develop your understanding of creative design principles. 

    *Subject to validation, course start date September 2022

    The creative industries are changing.  The lines are blurring between making and creating in the physical and digital worlds. Whilst many creative people know how to use digital platforms that others have designed, relatively few are able to design and make using coding as their medium. Imagine a world where creative practitioners can build the technology they need to use for their creative practice. 

    On this course you will learn about creativity — What do we mean by this? How can computers support creativity? Can computers be creative? — and the coding necessary to build future applications.  

    Starting with the computational thinking underpinning the basic structures, your coding skills will develop through creating your own objects. You will gradually add computational creativity, thinking about the physical or natural behaviour of your created objects.  

    You will also explore data, from the networks sharing this, finding patterns in data, to using data ethically, to exploring why data can exclude rather than explain. 

    Over the three years, you will apply your coding and creative skills for creative web and app work, thinking about interaction, image and text. You will also be introduced to AI and machine learning, to support project development. 

    As with all courses at NUA, your learning experience will be hands-on. You will develop projects to industry briefs, gain an understanding of the potential for — and theory of — computer-based technology in a wide range of digital creative and design sectors. 

    Your tutors will be experienced industry professionals, grounding you in the technical skills you need whilst supporting the development of your creative and design flair. You will have opportunities to work with digital creative businesses in NUA’s network.  

    You will develop excellent transferrable skills in teamwork, project management, communication and problem-solving through employability and entrepreneurship sessions integrated into your programme. 

    As a graduate of the course, you will be a technology-led creative professional, with creative and design skills that have been the bedrock of specialist teaching at Norwich University of the Arts since 1845.

    Cutting-edge coding skills will create opportunities to unlock a wide range of high quality graduate roles in creative software development, user experience, digital media, immersive technology or design projects linked to AI/machine learning.  

    All courses started in September 2021 are run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.​

    Course content

    • Year 1
    • Creativity and Design: Where we are - History and Theory examining Computers and examining Creativity; Challenging our world – Design Thinking; The Future – speculative design
    • Data: Where does it come from – exploring networks; What does it mean – exploring data; Who sees us — data privacy, security, ethics
    • Coding: Core coding; Coding objects; Web: your public presence; Creative Coding: animation, data, interaction
    • Building your Development Journal – tracking your creativity, productivity and progress.
    • Year 2
    • Computational Creativity: Algorithmic thinking
    • Software Development: Software engineering in the real world; Data & Information: collecting, mining & using
    • Interfaces in a mobile world: Interaction Design; Human Computer Interaction
    • Realising the potential for collaboration with other creative professionals or organisations by working on an industry project
    • Exploration of where you might fit in the world of creative computing
    • Determining your career direction and the basics of starting a business.
    • Year 3
    • Text and Vision: Image processing; Natural Language Processing
    • Machine Learning: Introduction to AI; How machine learning can support your creative output
    • Nature of Code – computational creativity part 2
    • Research report
    • Creativity – Final Major Project to showcase creative design and technical ability
    • Developing your career pack.

    Typical UK offers

    A / AS Levels – GCE
    3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB.
    A-levels including Art & Design/Design Technology/Computer Science/Maths/Physics/Psychology are encouraged, but not mandated.
    Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
     

    GCSE
    Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5. 

    BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF) 
    Distinction, Merit, Merit in Computer Science/Computing; Creative Digital Media; Creative Media Production 

    BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF) 
    Distinction*, Distinction in Computer Science/Computing; Creative Digital Media; Creative Media Production 

    UAL Extended Diploma 
    An overall Merit in a related field 

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design) 
    Pass in Computer Science/Computing or a creative field 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma 
    A minimum of 27 points 

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be assessed through responses to questions asked as part of the application process and your personal statement — as well as your qualifications — so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. 

    If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. 

    If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries. 

    Fees and Funding

    The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK or ‘International/EU’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact student.finance@nua.ac.uk

    UK students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

    2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants

    Citizen status Course Fee
    UK Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
    International (including EU) Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £15,900

    Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

    International students

    Find out more about 2021 fees for international students and the scholarships and support available.

    Financial support for UK students

    Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.

    Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

    Tuition fee loans are available for UK students.

    • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
    • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
    • Only start paying back when you are earning over £26,575 per year

    Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

    Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

    • A loan of up to £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
    • A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.

    Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    How can you find out more?

    To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email us: student.finance@nua.ac.uk

    Scholarships

    Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.

    Bursaries

    For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). Find out more about bursaries at NUA

    NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

    All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

    Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)

    The Diploma in Creative Professional Development has been developed to offer undergraduate students the chance to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, exploring their employability options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning.

    Not just an ‘industry sandwich year’ —

    The Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development is:

    • Designed around your needs as a creative student, particularly if your personal network does not currently reach creative industry.
    • Based on our award-winning Profile skills framework.
    • Co-delivered with industry partners who share our approach.
    • Supporting you with carefully planned interventions and activities before and after their placements, so that you are ready to undertake placement learning and then equipped to derive the maximum insight from the experience afterwards.
    • Opening a wide range of creative roles that you may not imagine you would be able to apply for after your study at NUA.

    It has been designed for:

    • Students who want to work in creative industry but have not yet decided the sort of role they would like.
    • Students who do have a clear sense of career direction but need to develop a structured plan to achieve it.
    • Students who do not have relevant work experience, and want to graduate with a fuller CV.
    • Students who think that business start-up or freelancing may be their preferred option and want to explore it further.

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