City of Bristol College

FdA Interactive Multimedia with Graphic Design

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • GDMM101 Visual Language and Culture

      Students will investigate the cultural and ethical issues that inform contemporary art and design. Students will be introduced to the practice of research to develop a theoretical and critical awareness of visual language that will inform their own work, through experimentation with both traditional and digital art and design processes.

    • GDMM102 Graphic Design Principles

      This module aims to develop learners¿ knowledge, understanding and skills in graphic communication and typography, through studio-based assignments. The contemporary context of Graphic Design will be investigated.

    • GDMM103 Multimedia Principles

      This module aims to introduce learners to the potential of multimedia and to widen appreciation of the genre for communication purposes. Learners will use and produce multimedia products. The importance of the design process in the creation of multimedia applications will be highlighted.

    • GDMM109 Audio Visual Techniques

      Students are given the opportunity for to acquire and develop the necessary skills to create audio and video assets for inclusion in multimedia products. It also introduces learners to the roles of audio and video as communication tools. Skills will be developed in pre-production planning, digitisation and compression.

    • GDMM110 Animation Techniques

      This module provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop the necessary skills to plan and create 2D and 3D animation suitable for multimedia products. It will equip the students with the knowledge and skills needed to select the technique most suitable for meeting production requirements.

    • GDMM111 Interface and Interaction Design

      Students will learn to design and evaluate a prototype multimedia system. Through research and practice students will identify users' needs and content. Students will gain a broader understanding of the psychology and the principles and practice of user interface design and interactive systems.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • COBC2109 Professional Team Brief

    • GDMM201 Visual Culture

      This module explores issues and concepts that emerge from contemporary art and design through lectures, tutorials and individual research to encourage debate and analysis. It provides opportunities for learners to evaluate these references in the context of their specialism and engage with a range of methodologies.

    Optional modules
    • GDMM202 Branding and Packaging

      Packaging is used as a starting point for gaining knowledge and confidence in producing 3D graphic and branding concepts. The module encourages learners to experiment with ideas, images, materials, technology and typography while still considering practical, cosmetic and environmental issues to ensure effective design and branding solutions.

    • GDMM203 Advertising

      This module deals with the communication problems set by the production of advertising materials. Students will gain an insight into the strategies of advertising campaigns, the role of copywriting and market research.

    • GDMM204 Corporate Identity

      In this module students acquire and develop the necessary skills to create a functional corporate identity through an understanding of the relevant historical origins, philosophy and contexts. Students gain practical experience in creating and applying effective solutions through logotypes, symbols and methods of presenting the corporate message.

    • GDMM207 Digital Imagery (E)

      This module gives opportunities for students to capture, digitise, manipulate and create images to produce high quality graphics and interfaces for use in multimedia applications, video, animations and internet applications. At this stage of the programme students will be expected to be experimental and critically review and evaluate the work of contemporary digital artists.

    • GDMM208 3D Animation

      This module provides the opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the principles and practical applications of 3D modelling and animation on screen. It will give students a working knowledge of 3D computer modelling and animation software. It will provide opportunities to review the work of 3D computer artists.

    • GDMM209 Video and Audio Post-production

      This module gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge of digital post-production with particular emphasis on professional practice. It develops students' knowledge of the specific technical and professional skills required for students wishing to specialise in digital video editing and digital sound.

    • GDMM210 Advanced Web Authoring

      This module provides the opportunity to produce interactive web pages that have multimedia content. The unit will cover the creation of coding using XHTML and CSS to build compliant Web sites. Students will gain an awareness of current Web standards, usability and contemporary Web design.

    • GDMM211 Interactive 3D (E)

      This module provides the opportunity to experiment to acquire and develop the necessary skills to create interactive virtual 3D objects and environments that can be manipulated using a variety of inputs, devices and technologies.

    • GDMM212 Dynamic Web Authoring (E)

      This module provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the knowledge, understanding and the necessary skills to create dynamic Web sites. This may involve the use of such technologies such as Java, XML, CSS, Flash, PHP and MySQL databases to create dynamic content and content management systems.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City of Bristol College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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