Creative Computing with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Whether you’re interested in games, electronic music, digital art or creative technology, this programme will prepare you for technology-focussed work, and coding in the creative industries. This degree helps you develop the fullest range of technical skills for the creative industries, preparing you as a programmer for jobs in games, web, mobile visual effects, social media, and digital advertising. This is an alternative entry route for students without the formal academic profile to enter into degree level study. We will help you develop your undergraduate academic skills, whilst also teaching you foundations of programming, problem solving and maths. Why study the BSc Creative Coomputing Integrated Degree (with Foundation Year) at Goldsmiths? Teaching on this programme is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations, and you don’t need to know how to code before you start. You'll begin by creating simple software programs, before gradually building expertise so that you’re ready for undergraduate study. Your practical work will be underpinned by theory ranging from problem-solving strategies to professional software development models. You’ll benefit from Goldsmiths’ unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching Computing and explore how computing interacts with the arts, humanities and social sciences. And when you successfully complete our foundation year, you’ll be eligible to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree in Computing. Create your own projects The degree is hands on and practical from the start. You’ll be creating your own games, mobile apps, digital artworks, and web applications. By working on practical projects throughout your degree, you will build a relevant skillset for your future career. Industrial placement year You will also have the option to take an industrial placement year after the second year– an invaluable experience which enhances your career prospects. By the end of your degree you will have built a portfolio of work to kickstart your career in the creative industries. Learn skills for the creative industries We will teach you the skills you need to become a technology-led creative, but you don’t need to know how to code before you start. We begin from the basics and bring you up to a professional level over the course of your degree. You will program in multiple languages, use industry-standard tools, learn about graphics and sound programming, computational art, and web development. You will also develop professional working practices such as design documentation, testing cycles, issue tracking, and version control. After your degree This highly versatile degree prepares you for a range of careers in technology. Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as machine learning, digital public art, digital advertising, user interface design, music technology, film/tv special effects and post production, and software engineering. This course is also a pathway into Masters-level study in a variety of computing disciplines.

Course details

Modules

You’ll develop your own creative projects, which will increase in scale and ambition. As your degree progresses, you will personalise your studies by choosing from our range of option modules, including physical computing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, and digital performance. You will learn creative thinking and design techniques by studying topics such as generative drawing and user-centred design, and will also develop key professional skills such as teamwork, project pitching, and project management. Year 0 - (foundation year) is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in computing. During the year you’ll learn the foundations of how to program a computer. You’ll work on practical examples of computing applications and learn to develop simple software programs which gradually increase in complexity. You’ll also work on your mathematical and problem-solving skills, as well as more general study skills. Year 0 includes four integrated units of study: Studying Computers Foundations of Problem Solving Foundations of Programming Foundations of Mathematics for Computing Year 1 - compulsory modules Introduction to Programming Front End Web Creative Computing Project 1 Designing Digital Interactions Numerical Mathematics Graphics 1 Sound and Signal 1 Generative Drawing Year 2 - In your second year, you will take four compulsory modules, one of which is a second Creative Computing Project, and option modules. C++ for Creative Practice Perception and Multimedia Computing Dynamic Web Applications Creative Computing Project 2 Year 2 option modules Physical Computing Graphics 2 Extended C++ Sound and Signal 2 Optional placement year Our degrees include an optional industrial placement year between the second and final year of study. You will be responsible for securing a placement, but we can support you through this process. Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in a straight three years. Year 3 (or Year 4 with work placement) You will take two compulsory modules, and choose option modules from a list approved annually by the department. Year 3/4 compulsory modules Advanced Audio-visual Processing Final Project in Creative Computing Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.


How to apply

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 codeG402
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

There are no formal entrance qualifications for this programme; we consider all relevant qualifications and related experience, but you might be invited to take a short test in maths and problem solving at our New Cross campus. The test is help the admissions tutor assess your current knowledge of problem solving and mathematics. Part of the reason we ask you to take this test is because some applicants who apply for our integrated degree (with foundation year) might be better suited to one of our three year degree despite not meeting the entrance requirements for those programmes. If you live a long way from London, you may be able to take the test remotely and some financial help might be available.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
Creative Computing with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS