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 environments both physical and digital, producing design visualisations, challenging preconceptions in developing interfaces and digital environments, creating digitally enhanced propositions for a variety of designed scenarios. Recruiting directly from HND design programmes and Foundation degrees, the course will develop your design skills, research methods and critical analysis, while providing tuition in relevant digital software.

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Creative innovation in digital arts and design has explosively transformed our entertainments and information, and reshaped the way we work, consume and play - even mediating the way we relate to our friends. Visualising the next digital transformation in commerce and lifestyles is the focus of this programme.

The programme is structured to recruit directly from HND design programmes and Foundation degrees and thus only has a third and fourth year (SQF levels 9 and 10).

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.

  • Web Design
  • Digital Graphics
  • Moving Image Graphics
  • Visual Effects (post-production)
  • Computer Animation;
  • Exhibition
  • Interface Design
  • Digital Art Direction

What's it like?

The creative skills, technical knowledge and realistic expectations to make your mark in Arts and Design

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 92.3% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2012). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

Graduates from this programme will work in wide range of creative and business environments.

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Entry to the course

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Full-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

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

Fees Table

Fees displayed are correct at the time of publication but the University Court reserves the right to make changes in fees at any time, and without notice, before or after the student's admission to the University.

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

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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