Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level. If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study. This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge. We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities. Be at the cutting edge of a young and rapidly developing field. New immersive realities, data-rich and informed interactions, automations and ever-more connected systems are shaping the way the world operates – and computer science underpins it all. On this industry-focused degree, you'll practice the skills to become a daring computer scientist capable of creative, innovative thinking; utilising cutting-edge technology to create new and compelling products and services. You will Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period Get practical hands-on experience, growing your skills in programming, design and development of immersive technologies Work in multi-disciplinary teams from the start, comprised of fellow students from design, art, robotics and AI with an industry-focused, collaborative mindset Have opportunities to work with real businesses on live projects via collaboration with Immersive Business, Cornwall’s immersive technology hub Dive into developing specialist software for VR, AR and XR applications, working with a variety of immersive hardware
You'll gain practical experience in software engineering, computer science and immersive media research methods. We'll cover development pipelines like Agile with Scrum, and build your specialist knowledge of novel and emerging immersive technologies used across the spectrum of extended reality (XR) applications. Foundation Year: You'll study five core modules. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. Modules: Explore Technique Apply Industry Launch Year one In your first year, you'll learn the foundational principles of software development including programming essentials and industry-standard development pipelines. You'll get a hands-on practical introduction to working in common game engines alongside creative experimentation with a variety of hardware and novel electronics. You’ll also develop essential multi-disciplinary team working skills necessary for working within the industry. This year is a common first year among all computing students.. Modules Principles of Computing Digital Creativity Development Foundations Data Fundamentals Individual Programming Project Multidisciplinary Teamwork Year two In your second year, you’ll continue to deepen your understanding of core computer science by studying object-oriented programming. You’ll also expand your knowledge of the fundamental mathematics involved in the design, development and maintenance of real-time 3D worlds and simulations. You will get the opportunity to dive into developing specialist software for VR, AR, and XR applications, working with a variety of immersive hardware. You’ll continue to work on your group projects, taking the development of your products further through the development cycle. Modules Computational Mathematics World Building: Pre-production Virtual Reality World Building: Production Collaboration Year three You’ll develop greater intellectual freedom, both as an individual but also in tackling a challenge in collaboration with others. We'll further explore the industry, and help you prepare for your future as an immersive technology developer. You'll take on an individual research project in novel and emerging technology, as well as a year-long team project combining collective innovation and enterprise. At the end of the year, you'll pitch your project to industry professionals as part of our annual Show and Tell day. Complementing this is a group project, through which you are expected to evaluate your ability to work with a group to produce an innovative digital product or service based on your own intellectual property. Modules Research & Development: Proposal Future Skills Immersive Experience Design Research & Development: Dissertation Major Collaboration The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Foundation Year: Assessments are 100% coursework based Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. In your foundation year all assessments are pass/fail to encourage students to take risks and engage with the feedback provided. Progressing in your specialism Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete and pass all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course. Your specialism: Coursework is the only form of assessment. You'll be continually assessed on your projects, portfolios of specialist work, and insights.
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If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk
If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/
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You’ll also need a Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
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