New Media Art (top-up) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW The BA (Hons) New Media Art is a two year top-up degree which builds upon your previous diploma studies (eg. HND) and helps you discover and develop your artistic practices through diverse platforms from illustration, moving image, animation, multimedia, sound art, live performance etc. and prepares you to become a leading creative practitioner. You’ll develop your artistic practices by trying your hand at a range of different creative mediums, including illustration, animation, live media, installations, projection mappings, creative coding and VR. Over the course of this degree, you’ll create a comprehensive portfolio which will showcase your talents and give you a competitive edge when entering the job market. By keeping up with cultural trends, the BA New Media Art will equip you with the creative and critical learning skills to effectively explore the relationship between art-making and emerging media technology within social, political and historical contexts. PRACTICAL FOCUS As an art-based course of study, this degree is, as you would expect, practical in nature. You will discover/rediscover and develop your creative practices through the following four phases: // Year 3: Space-based: Projection Art, Sound Art, Immersive Media // Year 4: Specialism-based: Portfolio Development, Independent Projects Throughout the course, you will learn historical, contemporary, cultural and social contexts of new media art and will be introduced to a range of media technologies that can be utilised in arts and other creative applications. New media technologies and contexts introduced each year will encourage you to become experimental in learning and utilising technologies in art making, critical in situating your practices at a historical, social, cultural and political context. You will also work within or across fine art, conceptual art, installation art, film, animation, graphic design, illustration, projection art, sound art, interactive art, immersive art, community arts or/and education. Professional based skills are gradually developed in Year 3 studies through the 'Creative Development' and 'Technical Development' modules and these will introduce you to relevant professionals, protocols and employers. These modules, in turn, will prepare you for the two Year 4 modules 'Practice in Context' and 'Presentation and Promotion'. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs As a graduate, your broad range of artistic and technological skills and experience will create a diverse range of career opportunities across fine art, illustration, media art, animation, moving image, theatre design, projection art, community arts and art education. Further Study Graduates from this course have also continued their studies on a variety of taught master's in creative media.


In Year 3, you will learn a range of space-based art makings including projection mapping, creative coding, sound art to develop practical understandings and skills of dimensions of space (architectural, algorithmic, cross-modal) meanwhile, optional modules will become available to help you develop your specialism by learning 3D animation, artist moving image or 360 degree film/virtual reality. In addition to this, you will further develop their academic and research skills through working on practice review, curatorial project, annotated bibliography and research proposal. In year 4, you will situate and refine your practice through various contexts including an academic/artistic research, curatorial practice, and creative industries. In addition to this, you will be encouraged to learn a range of body-based art makings including intermedia and immersive media to develop practical understandings and skills of the physical and virtual spaces. Further your specialism through portfolio development and independent projects.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Ayr Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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New Media Art (top-up) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS