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Creative Computing BSc (Hons)

Open for 2024 entry

Length:

3 years

UCAS Code:

C100

Institution Code:

N39

Sandwich courses:

Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 diploma)

Be part of the Future. Take your digital creativity to a whole new level and equip yourself with the skills needed for a career in the creative tech and digital arts industries.

Our BSc (Hons) Creative Computing has been developed in response to increasing employer demand for graduates who ‘create’ using programming as their medium. You will develop projects to industry briefs and gain an understanding of the potential for – and theory of – computer-based technology in a wide range of digital creative and design sectors.

Through practical project work, you’ll develop core computational thinking and become adept with a range of industry-standard creative platforms. For example, applying coding and creative skills to creative web and app work while thinking about interaction, image and text.

You will explore data from both open and closed networks: finding patterns in data, learning to use data ethically, and exploring why data can exclude rather than explain. You will develop algorithmic thinking and more advanced forms of algorithmic programming. As with all Norwich University of the Arts courses, you’re learning experience will be hands-on.

Why Study with us

  • Benefit from well-resourced digital creative teaching facilities including a brand-new Creative Tech Lab.
  • Develop programming and design skills for creative web and app work, focussing on aesthetics, interaction, animation, and usability.
  • Explore algorithmic art to further develop your programming skills and produce aesthetically complex outcomes inspired by natural forms.
  • Be introduced to AI and machine learning, to add another dimension to your project work and build commercially sought after skills.
  • Develop advanced computer programming and software development skills that are truly transferrable.
  • Develop team working skills and create amazing outcomes by collaborating with students from other disciplines.
  • Engage with a range of contemporary topics such as AI ethics, digital sustainability, digital culture, and tech for good.

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.

Careers Information

Employability and entrepreneurship sessions will allow you to develop excellent transferrable skills in teamwork, project management, communication and problem-solving; and you will have opportunities to work with digital creative businesses in the University’s network. 

In your final year you’ll produce a research report on a relevant area of theory, industry or practice, realise a significant portfolio project of your own choosing and develop a career plan that will help launch you from graduation into industry.

As a graduate of the course, you’ll be a technology-led creative professional, with top-level creative design and coding skills to embark on a graduate career in creative software development, immersive experiences, digital media, emerging technology, AI and machine learning. This course will also give you the skills and confidence to take roles and opportunities at the forefront of the discipline yet to be defined.

Typical career paths include

  • Creative developer
  • Design engineer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Web developer
  • Audio/visual researcher

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our Business and Employability Team to help support you as you plan your career.

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Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) or above. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, Norwich University of the Arts will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

T Levels
A T Level in any subject with overall grade Merit or above

UAL Extended Diploma
Merit

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 26 points

Norwich University of the Arts welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio (if required), responses to questions asked and personal statement, 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.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

You can email us on international@norwichuni.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

2024/25 University fees for new entrants

Norwich University of the Arts will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay Norwich University of the Arts’ tuition fees upfront.

Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

Fee status Course Annual fee
Home Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
Overseas Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £18,000

Inflation in subsequent years

The rules for inflation on fees in subsequent years depend on the type of fee status and level.

  • For Home undergraduate students starting in 2024, inflation may be applied to your fees in later years, if the UK government were to increase the fee cap beyond the current limit of £9,250 per year. If such an increase were to apply, we would confirm this in advance to you of each academic year, and we would limit the increase to the maximum allowed by the Office for Students.
  • For Overseas undergraduate students starting in 2024, inflation will be applied to your fees in later years. We will confirm this in advance to you of each academic year, and we will limit the increase to no more than the Office for Students’ recommended inflationary measure, which is RPI-X. RPI-X is calculated by the Office for Budget Responsibility. In setting fees for the following year, we will use the Office for Budget Responsibility’s RPI-X forecast for quarter 3 of the relevant year.

For Home and overseas postgraduate degree students starting in 2024, fees will remain the same for each year of your course.

Financial support for UK students in 2024

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable Norwich University of the Arts bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

International students

We offer a range of scholarships for international students to support your studies with us.

Learning and teaching at Norwich is a blend of on-campus practical sessions in our studios, workshops and labs, live-streamed digital sessions, and pre-recorded digital materials you can use on-demand. We emphasise learning and discovery through studio and workshop practice, critical reflection and experimentation with ideas, processes and materials. Our approach reflects the mix of in-person and digital interaction that has become the way that creative industries work—helping to prepare students for their future careers. You will have many opportunities to broaden your skills and experience by attending talks and workshops, gaining new networks and by taking part in community projects, programmes and competitions. The course is taught through a mixture of learning and teaching methods including (but are not limited to):
  • Group briefings
  • Academic tutorials
  • Group tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Critiques (crits)
  • Seminars
Find out more about Learning and Teaching at Norwich
Assessment is 100% coursework. Assessment is the process of evaluating or assessing your learning. Sometimes it will involve consideration of work in progress, while at others it concentrates on work which you have completed and submitted as assessment requirements for each unit of study. It consists of both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is the process whereby your work and progress are assessed at regular intervals with accompanying feedback from staff to help to improve your performance. Staff feedback provides students with guidance on their performance during each unit. Summative assessment occurs at the end of each module. A summative mark is awarded based on the evaluation of your work and given a mark. Summative assessment formally records your achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes. The University assesses you through the coursework that you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require that you present a portfolio of work which may include:
  • Finished pieces of work
  • Presentations
  • Written work
  • Your research
  • A reflective journal
Find out more about Assessment at Norwich

Between Years 2 and 3 of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake the following additional qualification:

Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)

Our Creative Professional Development Diploma gives you the chance to spend a year exploring your post-uni job options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning. This year offers two much-sought-after industry placements – the first lasting six weeks, the second 12 weeks, and a group project or ‘hackathon’ exploring freelancing and business start-up.

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