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University for the Creative Arts

Creative Computing

UCAS Code: W290

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Our BA (Hons) Creative Computing course will enable you to create and shape the world around you for architectural design, TV studios, gaming, app design and more.

Through a unique blend of cutting-edge digital research, designing and making, you’ll develop your skills and understanding of coding languages, design tools and the interactive arts.

Throughout the Creative Computing degree you’ll also explore the use of key electronic tools and equipment to develop physical computing-based interactive experiences. Combining rapid prototyping through 3D printing, CNC and laser cutting, with autonomous or networked embedded code applications, you’ll experiment widely in the first two years, building towards your strongest work for your final project in the third year.

You’ll gain an understanding of the designer’s role in society and learn how creative computing can work as a catalyst for change in one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy.

Employers often comment on the breadth of skills that UCA graduates offer – you’ll be working alongside artists, architects and coders to develop a great balance of rigour, expertise and imagination. You’ll be able to critically evaluate and learn the secret to great design, preparing you for career opportunities in fields such as interaction and experience design, as well as broader digital entertainment, internet-of-things, and software development.

BA (Hons) Creative Coding is part of our School of Architecture, so you’ll benefit from our teaching staff’s broad knowledge and experience in making, fabricating and spatial thinking.

With a growing network of industry contacts that include London-based creative technology studio The Workers and interactive studio Running In The Halls, as well as games design giants like SONY Interactive Entertainment Europe and Rockstar North, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the biggest experts in creative coding.

You’ll gain valuable skills in creative thinking and communication, and explore the structure and vocabulary of contemporary programming languages. We’ll give you ample opportunity to put your learning into practice and you’ll develop an understanding of design processes and business management.

With our academic and technical staff offering their expert support, you’ll explore different technology and coding techniques to understand where your strengths lie, whilst also having access to state-of-the-art technology – including room scale, multiuser VR and tracking equipment, as well as laser cutters, 3D printers and small scale robotics through our FabLAB and TrakLAB.

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Games Arts - UCA Farnham
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Modules

In Year 1, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills in coding, making and research that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity. In Year 2, you'll increase your confidence and engagement with the course and its facilities, developing the knowledge to address reasonably complex design and coding briefs with elements of self-selection. The potential for specialised learning and the implications of different choices of direction will become clearer, with personal preferences emerging. In Year 3, you'll gain the depth of knowledge needed to resolve a complex design brief. With a substantial amount of self-determined direction, you’ll be able to establish preferences and viewpoints. You’ll express these in verbal and written design discourse, within each subject area and areas relating to design and production. You'll also build an appreciation of how creative coding can become a significant agent for change in today's world. Your communication skills will be enhanced, so that a project can be presented coherently to the public or external professionals.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Canterbury

Department:

Media and Digital

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