Digital Design and Media – Visual Effects for Film and Games at Yeovil College University Centre - UCAS

Yeovil College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Gloucestershire

Digital Design and Media – Visual Effects for Film and Games

Course summary

Foundation Degree Arts in Digital Design and Media (Visual Effects for Film and Games), awarded by the University of Gloucestershire, and regulated by the Office for Students. On this exciting future focussed programme, you will explore and develop the creative, technical, critical, and personal skills needed in the highly competitive and rapidly changing creative industries landscape. The course and study methods allow you to engage with the contemporary issues and modern practices, supported by input from local, regional, and national practitioners throughout the year. The course will allow you to develop strong creative and technical skills, alongside employability and academic skills, through a variety of exciting assignments and real design projects. This will include learning a range of digital design skills which will enhance your employability. The course delivery is constantly developing in line with changes within the Creative Industries and advances in digital technology and practice. We offer pathways in Digital Media, Digital Graphics, Digital Photography, 3D Design Visualisation, Surface Pattern and Textiles, Concept Art for Games and Film, and Visual Effects for Film and Games. Some of the modules on this course will be studied collaboratively by students on all pathways, offering you opportunities for cross-disciplinary debate and shared experiences, whilst other modules will be specific to the specialist pathway you are studying. Whilst applicants will select their chosen pathway at the application stage, in the first Semester of Year 1 (September-February of the first year of the course) students will have exposure to all of the pathways available. If, at the end of this, you wish to switch your specialist pathway then you will have the one-off opportunity to do this in the February of Year 1 of your course. After this point, you will remain fixed on your chosen specialist pathway for the remaining duration of the programme. This course is available on a full-time and a part-time basis and is taught in-person at our Yeovil College campus. The full-time course is studied over 2 academic years, and students are typically timetabled for two days per week.


You will study a range of units that will develop your specialist knowledge and skills. Modules currently offered include: Level 4 (Year 1 Full Time students) • Communication and Visual Culture (15 credits) • Creative Visual Research (15 credits) • Experimental Project 1 (30 credits) • Creative Project 1 (specific to your specialist pathway) (30 credits) • Creative Thinking (15 credits) • Creative Industry Employability Skills (15 credits) Level 5 (Year 2 Full Time students) • Creative Professional Practice (15 credits) • Creative Enterprise (15 credits) • Experimental Project 2 (specific to your specialist pathway) (30 credits) • Creative Project 2 (specific to your specialist pathway) (30 credits) • Creative Major Project Research (15 credits) • Creative Curation (15 credits) Alongside developing a range of subject-specific skills, this course also gives you the opportunity to develop important transferable skills such as critical analysis, academic writing, time management, and communication. Please be aware that modules studied may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, in response to student or stakeholder feedback, or as a result of regulatory body requirements. However, no significant changes to modules would be implemented without student consultation and feedback. Enrolled students can always find the most up-to-date information about their modules and who is teaching them in their course handbook.

Assessment method

An assessment schedule, outlining all assessments and deadlines, will be issued to you at the start of each academic year. You will be assessed using a range of methods which will reflect the requirements of the subject, including practical projects, written essays and presentations. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. For each module you will receive ‘formative’ assessment and feedback from your tutor on the assignment you are working on. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Feedback will be provided to you in writing, along with information reflecting your performance and recommendations for improvement.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 Level 4 CATS in an associated subject

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry Requirements: Typical entry requirements are 48 UCAS tariff points. These could come from a relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification, a relevant T Level, an A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in relevant subject areas, or other Level 3 qualifications such as an International Baccalaureate or an Access to HE Diploma. Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) are highly desirable. In some circumstances, applicants may be considered on the basis of a creative portfolio where they do not meet these entry criteria in full. Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as of 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Mature students requesting contextual admission are required to provide details of their relevant prior work or study experience, and to also undertake a pre-entry admissions assessment to ensure there is suitable grounds to suggest they are academically ready to begin the programme and there is a reasonable expectation that they will succeed in their studies. Please email [email protected] to find out more. Interviews: As part of the admissions process, applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of staff from the course they are applying to.

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English language requirements

International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent), or having recently completed a Level 3 qualification taught and assessed in the English language. For more information, please get in touch via [email protected] or call 01935 845454.

Student Outcomes

Operated by the Office for Students

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8160* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8160* Year 1
EU £8160* Year 1
England £8160* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8160* Year 1
Scotland £8160* Year 1
Wales £8160* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please be aware that the fee amounts listed here are subject to an approval decision by the OfS about our Access and Participation Plan. For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website. There are no required additional costs for the programme. Whilst some students may choose to buy their own device with Adobe software this isn't essential. Our technical demonstrator team can provide guidance if you require support with purchasing equipment / materials / resources for the course. Throughout the course there are opportunities to undertake trips and visits to industry exposition events and trade shows. Whilst these are not mandatory, they will enrich the learning experience. Students would be expected to fund their own travel to and from such events.
Digital Design and Media – Visual Effects for Film and Games at Yeovil College University Centre - UCAS