School of Art, Design and Architecture

BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design

Shape the future - break down barriers and see things in a new way. Become a smart thinker, and be ready for wherever this rapidly evolving industry will take you. You’ll experience a vibrant mix of theory and practice, combining creative and technical skills with cultural and new media theory. Choose a technical focus with the BSc - our graduates are among the world’s best game designers, digital artists, web designers, coders and creative thinkers.

Get ready for work - take an optional additional year and secure a paid placement with a company. You’ll gain invaluable experience that could lead to a job in a company such as MTV or Disney when you graduate. You’ll also get your horizons broadened with great enrichment activities including overseas field trips to attend conferences and visit galleries.*

Key features

  • Stay one step ahead with a programme designed in close collaboration with industry leaders to ensure technologies, skills and techniques are bang up to date.
  • Access all areas – keep working into the evening in our dedicated lab space open until 10pm, and take advantage of our other amazing facilities, including a 35 seat, 360° immersive vision theatre.
  • Customise your course with our unique exit awards, and choose from games design, information design and interaction design.
  • Your assessments are 100 per cent coursework – no exams!
  • Be inspired by lecturers who are experts in their field, with backgrounds in both industry and research. The exciting work going on in our research groups, i-DAT and Transtech, feeds back into the teaching on this course.
  • Get ready for work - take an optional additional year and secure a paid placement with a company. You’ll gain invaluable experience that could lead to a job in a company such as IBM or Virgin Media when you graduate.
  • Broaden your horizons with great enrichment activities including overseas field trips in Berlin, Helsinki and New York to attend conferences and visit galleries.
  • Network, network, network – we have close links with industry leaders including Sony, IBM, Virgin Media and Kaspersky.
  • Get exclusive insights with talks from guest speakers from the creative arts and technology industries, such as Hannah Wood, Jaromil and Luke Jerram.
  • The course has excellent KIS results – 90 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 90 per cent of students were satisfied overall and 90 per cent of students were in a professional/managerial job at six months (Unistats).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll get a grounding in the digital media, software, technologies and production techniques needed throughout the course. You’ll also gain a critical understanding of the theory behind digital media and the social, cultural and industrial contexts in which they operate. You’ll be introduced to contemporary graphic and motion graphic tools, web design and web programming technologies, along with the coding skills and creative design strategies that underpin them.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll build on your creative profile and improve your technical and critical skills. If you intend to choose the placement year, you’ll get a chance to build your CV and portfolio. You’ll be introduced to industrial strength project management and planning, helping you develop your individual creative practice. Professional collaborations with industry will give you insights into the benefits of both individual and group ways of working.

  • Year 3
  • You have the opportunity to take an optional paid 48 week work placement that offers invaluable practical work experience. We recommend it because it not only enhances your final year of study, you’re also more likely to receive project sponsorship and immediate employment with your placement company after you graduate. You will typically earn around £15,000-£20,000 pa (or more) during your placement year.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll focus on your own particular areas of interest, with an industrial bias, by following one of our exit pathways in game design, information design, or interaction design. This will allow you to develop the skills relevant to industry and enhance your employability. You'll also undertake a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice with the guidance of your personal supervisor.

Entry requirements

International baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Five passes including Mathematics and English language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

English language requirements.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Interview

Applicants must attend an interview. Phone or Skype interviews can be arranged if you cannot attend in person.

We would like to see examples of your work if you have them, such as:

- a portfolio of drawings, sketches, character designs or game design.
- computer-based and online work: algorithmic artworks, web pages, games, blogs etc.
- media: video, photographs, sound pieces, music.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to new media/digital production or interactive arts.

Fees, costs and funding

New students 2017-18

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Science and Engineering - Year Zero

(Classroom based)
£9,250 tbc £9,250
Science and Engineering - Year Zero

(Laboratory based)
£9,250 tbc £9,250
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero tbc tbc £9,250
2 year fast-track £9,250 tbc £9,250
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,250 tbc £9,250
PGCE £9,250 tbc £9,250
Management Practice (Online) (First year - part time) tbc tbc tbc

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
Science and Engineering - Year Zero (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Science and Engineering - Year Zero (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero tbc tbc tbc
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
PGCE £770 tbc £770

*The tuition fee for UK students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000.
**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly.

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2017-18 page.

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



We've changed our name...

New for 2017 BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology (UCAS codes: GW4X and GW49) has been renamed BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design (UCAS code W283). 

If you've applied to  BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology, don't worry you're application is still valid and our admissions team will be contacting you directly. 

Digital Media Design is live on UCAS.

  • @ Customise your course with unique exit awards
  • ' Access to the dedicated lab space, and a 35 seat, 360° immersive vision theatre
  • , Great enrichment activities including overseas field trips
  • A Close links with industry leaders

Re-construction of a memory

Tom Teague, Digital Art and Technology

@91 - a 3D tactile interactive audio installation

Kate Fierek, Digital Art and Technology

Message Box

Saul Hardman, Digital Art and Technology

Command Control

Sam Billingham, Digital Art and Technology

Graduate success

The most important things I learnt from DAT are thinking outside the box and to become an all-around digital guru. Not many programmers can also be good at ideas and design. It was great to have a course with such variety.

Graduate Kseniya Volkova develops iPhone and iPad applications.

Find out more about our successful students and graduates

* Please note that this course is the renamed BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology.