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Computing with Creative Design - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

Our Computing with Creative Design degree, run in collaboration with the Product Design course in the Cardiff School of Art and Design, will enable you to develop your computing skills with a particular focus on the creative and design opportunities that are presented within the discipline.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of developing computer-based and software-driven systems, you will be encouraged to incorporate modern product design thinking into your technical work. The course will introduce you to a wide range of technologies and tools that facilitate the design and creation of new hardware and software solutions, helping you develop your analytical abilities whilst looking at product design processes. This will enable you to establish yourself as a ‘hybrid’ individual, well equipped to bridge the gap between the technical and creative worlds to create innovative solutions to problems old and new.

Given the growing application of digital technology across all sectors and domains, professionals who marry the skills of creativity and design with the ability to build reliable and supportable software are increasingly in demand. This course will enable you to achieve this interdisciplinary skillset, providing access to opportunities across a variety of sectors and fields such as the arts, entertainment/games, mobile app development, multimedia, product/web design and other interactive systems.

This programme will undergo periodic review in 2022/23. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.


Degree

The degree programme is comprised of a number of compulsory modules, with a range of options in the final year to develop your specific interests and expertise.

Students also have the option to complete a year-long placement in industry in Years 2 and 3.

All modules are 20 credits, unless specified.


Year 1:

  • Design Thinking
  • Computational Thinking
  • Technology and Society
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I
  • Building for the Web
  • Principles of Programming

Year 2:

  • Mobile & Web Technologies
  • Engineering Science
  • Physical Computing
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II
  • Research and Professional Skills

Year 3:

  • Advanced Web Programming (20 credits)
  • Technology Project Management (20 credits)
  • Professional & Ethical Issues in IT (20 credits)
  • The Product Design Professional (40 credits)

Optional modules (select one):

  • Industrial Work Experience (Placement) (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (20 credits)
  • Analytics & Business Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Social Humanoid Robotics (20 credits)

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, such as technical labs and individual and group projects. This is further enhanced by real world case studies and guest talks from industry experts, and supported by Teams and Moodle, our virtual learning environments.

Due to the nature of the programme, online and campus-based practical workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time - in additional to the timetabled delivery - so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment.

Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provides a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. Students are also supported by Student Coaches; the Student Coach role is for current 2nd, 3rd year and Master’s students who provide peer support in Modules.

Assessment

The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and case studies.

Employability & Careers

Given the growing application of digital technology across many sectors and domains, the need for tools and applications built with the relatively unskilled human user at their centre has never been more important. 

Individuals who marry the skills of creativity and design with the ability to build reliable and supportable software will be increasingly in demand. This course is designed to achieve just such an interdisciplinary skillset and equip graduates for a variety of opportunities across fields such as the arts, entertainment/games, mobile application development, multimedia, product/web design and other interactive systems, across all sectors.

Real world experience can be obtained as part of your studies by completing an optional sandwich year placement / industrial internship. Over the past few years, our students have been successful in obtaining placements in nationally competitive schemes with Microsoft, HP, General Electric and the Met Office.

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Typical Offers

  • Tariff points: 104-112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit. No specific subjects required.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.


How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or tweet us @CMetAdmissions

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Fiona Carroll:
Email: fcarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6587







We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: G300
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.


Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Technologies

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.

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