University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University

FdA Digital Arts

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Course summary

The Foundation Diploma in Digital Arts is a two-year programme that offers a quick route into the digital and creative industries. The course is aimed at students with creative talents seeking to develop professional-standard skills to work in the creative and digital sectors. The digital and creative sectors have been identified as growing sectors both regionally and nationally. Our intention in creating this course is to address this need by providing you with the skills and support to launch your career as a creative practitioner in one of the many occupations available in the creative and digital industries. On the course you will be introduced to the basic principles of graphic design, animation and photography as well as learning new design technologies like App and computer games design. You will learn about the central debates and discourses that inform contemporary digital art and design and understand the industry in which you will work. You will learn to crucially appraise your own work and the work of others, in a constructive and productive way. You will have the opportunity to do a 120 hour (three week) work placement with a design agency or media organisation and/or work on an industry commission. You will have the opportunity to work creatively and problem-solve in a group in ‘live’ projects and real-world briefs. The course culminates with a number of capstone modules that will enable you to showcase your talents and get feedback for your ideas from industry professionals. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing your professional profile and your entrepreneurial skills to ensure a smooth transition to professional employment. All students completing the course will have a portfolio of work (physical and digital) to show to prospective employers and you will have multiple opportunities on the course to develop your network of professional contacts. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Year one for full-time students (Level 4) •Graphic Design (30 credits) •Photography (15 credits) •Critical Theory in Art and Media (15 credits) •Digital Animation (15 credits) •Introduction to the Creative Industries (15 credits) •Digital Asset Development (15 credits) •Web Design and Authoring (15 credits) Final year for full-time students (Level 5) •Critical Practices of Art and Design (15 credits) •Computer Games Design (30 credits) •App Design (15 credits) •Integrated Advertising (30 credits) •Professional Practice and Development (30 credits) - with 120 hour work placement

Assessment method

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods: •Coursework •Essays •Reports •Portfolio •Reflective log book •Presentation/oral assessment •Work based assessment •Written assessment We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance. A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned. When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation award. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation: 70%+ Distinction 60-69% Merit 40-59% Pass 0-39% Fail

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeDART
Institution code P56
Campus nameUniversity Centre Peterborough
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, UCP are currently unable to recruit International Students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa due to changes with the UKBA and Anglia Ruskin procedures.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points 48 UCAS points: •A-levels •BTEC Level 3 National Diploma •IB Diploma •Access to HE Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email [email protected] to discuss equivalent qualifications and previous experience. You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above. We accept A level General Studies and AS levels when combined with other full qualifications. If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 or above or an equivalent English Language qualification. A face to face interview is required before an offer can be made. A portfolio will be required before offering a place on the course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 or above overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element, or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
FdA Digital Arts at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS