Design and Digital Arts

BDes (Hons) Full time

Course Overview

UCAS code: W290
Duration: 2 years
Study type: Full Time
Napier code: 54112BH

Focusing on the ever developing relationship of design and digital technologies, Design & Digital Arts provides an opportunity to develop skills specifically for the creative industries – building both physical and digital environments, producing design visualisations, challenging preconceptions in developing interfaces and digital environments, and creating digitally enhanced experiences for a variety of designed scenarios.

Recruiting directly into year 3 (SQF level 9) typically from Higher National Diplomas and Foundation degrees in art & design, digital media or related discipline, the course will develop your design skills, research methods and critical analysis, while providing tuition in relevant digital software.

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We are a future facing Design Programme working within the Creative Industries. Design and Digital Arts is very much about designing for future societies. Students on the programme explore how current technologies can facilitate speculative design proposals with a strong emphasis on in-depth design research and experimentation.

Areas covered include, Interaction Design, Immersive Experience Design and Speculative Design, in which students explore a range of interactive software and hardware technologies. The course also develops students skills in research, presentation, project management and design thinking through dynamic and exciting design projects often in collaboration with our industrial partners.

Previous final projects have included mobile viral advertising campaigns, app design, lighting installations, Interactive Experience Design, Immersive Environments, Transmedia Campaign Design all highlighting the creative opportunities that exist on Design and Digital Arts.

Digital Arts and Design provides you with the forecasting methods to analyse design problems and at the same time provoke fresh imagination about the ways in which flows of goods and ideas will be packaged and circulated in the digital world. Alongside these techniques the programme also provides you with the technical skills and creative inspiration to take an art director's approach to shaping the character of our virtual landscape.

  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Experiential Design
  • Service Design
  • Front End Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Creative Computing
  • Art Installation
  • Exhibition Design
  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design

What's it like?

"The Design & Digital Arts is an exciting and cutting edge programme of study that has quickly developed into one of the leading courses in the country. I continue to be impressed by the confidence with which students undertake highly ambitious and complex design projects. Graduating students are extremely adept at explaining and situating their practice, reflect favourably on their learning experiences, and know where they would like to take their work in future. Its difficult to ask for more from an undergraduate programme."

Jamie Steane (Principal Lecturer, Department of Media & Communication Design, Northumbria University)

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 95.4% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2013). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

Studying Design and Digital Arts will give you a rare blend of creative and technical skills which are highly sought after in industry. With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures in the private and public sectors.

Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in a range of creative roles from Graphic Design, Art Direction, Exhibition Design, Printed Media Design, Web Design, Interactive Art and Photography.

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Full-time study (per year)

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Part-time study (per year)

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Part-time study

The number of modules studied is dependant on the exit that you wish to achieve, for example:

  • A Grad Cert is 60 Credits (3 modules)
  • A Cert HE/Grad Dip/ HND is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • A Dip HE credit is 240 credits (12 modules)
  • A Degree is 360 credits (18 modules)
  • An Honours Degree is 480 credits

Please note that some part-time courses give modular exemptions for previous study and vocational experience. Advice is available during application.

Part-time study (per module)

  • A Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits (3 modules)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • MBA is 180 credits

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Tuition fees are reviewed annually and will rise each year during your programme of study, at least in line with inflation.

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Funding your study

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specific scholarships for students from India and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Visit our funding pages to find out what you could be eligible for.

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