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.
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
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.
- Design Thinking
- Computational Thinking
- Technology and Society
- Developing Quality Software & Systems I
- Building for the Web
- Principles of Programming
- Mobile & Web Technologies
- Engineering Science
- Physical Computing
- Developing Quality Software & Systems II
- Research and Professional Skills
- 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.
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
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics – Numeracy.
We are delighted to receive applications from students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE or A-Level (often called Computing by the main examination boards) and we will give due consideration to them. Currently, only a minority of students have had a chance to study Computer Science (especially at GCSE), so do not worry if you have not had the opportunity.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Information Technology content may be able to complete the course within one or two years. It is possible to top-up from an ordinary to an honours degree if you have a Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the
RPL page. Please contact
Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found