University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Computing with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Overview Our Creative Computing with Foundation Year degree course will help you fulfil your dream of doing something creative with computing, even if you don't meet the required grades for our Creative Computing degree course, don't know what your speciality is, or are a novice. You’ll get a theoretical and practical introduction to creative computing by studying three unique modules. You’ll foster necessary study skills and develop programming experience to create artistic works, such as audio production and 3D graphic design in Photoshop. By the end of this one-year course, you'll possess the knowledge and abilities to progress to degree level – either on BA/BSc (Hons) Creative Computing or a related course. Course highlights

  • Get a flexible grounding in creative computing to cement your interests, learning programming skills in diverse creative fields
  • Advance your learning by moving onto our full Creative Computing degree course or a related degree once you complete this course
  • Use innovative industry-standard equipment and facilities during your studies – some of which are only available at Portsmouth
  • Be taught by subject specialists from various areas of creative technology, including music engineering, computer games programming and internet architecture
Careers and opportunities No matter what you plan to study or do after your foundation year, you'll graduate with fundamental design, technical, interpersonal, and management skills that will boost your educational and professional pursuits. Graduate areas Areas you could work in include:
  • Film/TV special effects and post-production
  • Visual interface design
  • Computer graphics design
  • Video game development
  • Music production
  • Multimedia systems analysis
  • Mobile app development
  • Web development
  • Computer music/sound engineering
  • Interface design
  • Database management
Graduate roles You could work in a variety of design, development and administrative roles, including:
  • Visual interface designer
  • Computer graphics designer
  • Video game developer
  • Multimedia systems analyst
  • Mobile app developer
  • Web developer
  • Sound engineer
  • Interface designer
  • Database manager

Course details


Optional Foundation Year Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Computing L3
  • Human Experience Design
  • Play, Code, Create
  • Sound and Vision
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 1 Core modules in this year include:
  • 3D Modelling
  • Coding and Scripting for Games
  • Creative Computing Exhibition Project
  • Creative Computing L4
  • Generative Arts
  • Introduction to Interactive Development
  • Sound for Moving Image
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Creative and Critical Research Design
  • Creative Coding Practice
  • Creative Computing L5
  • Creative Hardware and Electronics
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Audio Programming
  • Augmented Reality Development
  • Creativity and Resilience
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Form and Function
  • Gameplay Programming
  • Interaction Design
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Student Enterprise
  • Virtual Reality Development
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Final Year Project
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Collaborative Sound Project
  • Hackrobatics
  • Implementing game Audio
  • Interface Technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Sound and Music Programming
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through practical output, including interactive digital installations, creative software projects, and web and mobile apps, video and in-person presentations, written report and exhibition. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,900. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Creative Computing with Foundation Year at University of Portsmouth - UCAS