University for the Creative Arts

Creative Computing University for the Creative Arts Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our BA (Hons) Creative Computing course will enable you to create and shape the world around you for architectural design, TV studios, gaming, app design and more.

Through a unique blend of cutting-edge digital research, designing and making, you’ll develop your skills and understanding of coding languages, design tools and the interactive arts.

Throughout the Creative Computing degree you’ll also explore the use of key electronic tools and equipment to develop physical computing-based interactive experiences. Combining rapid prototyping through 3D printing, CNC and laser cutting, with autonomous or networked embedded code applications, you’ll experiment widely in the first two years, building towards your strongest work for your final project in the third year.

You’ll gain an understanding of the designer’s role in society and learn how creative computing can work as a catalyst for change in one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy.

Employers often comment on the breadth of skills that UCA graduates offer – you’ll be working alongside artists, architects and coders to develop a great balance of rigour, expertise and imagination. You’ll be able to critically evaluate and learn the secret to great design, preparing you for career opportunities in fields such as interaction and experience design, as well as broader digital entertainment, internet-of-things, and software development.

BA (Hons) Creative Coding is part of our School of Architecture, so you’ll benefit from our teaching staff’s broad knowledge and experience in making, fabricating and spatial thinking.

With a growing network of industry contacts that include London-based creative technology studio The Workers and interactive studio Running In The Halls, as well as games design giants like SONY Interactive Entertainment Europe and Rockstar North, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the biggest experts in creative coding.

You’ll gain valuable skills in creative thinking and communication, and explore the structure and vocabulary of contemporary programming languages. We’ll give you ample opportunity to put your learning into practice and you’ll develop an understanding of design processes and business management.

With our academic and technical staff offering their expert support, you’ll explore different technology and coding techniques to understand where your strengths lie, whilst also having access to state-of-the-art technology – including room scale, multiuser VR and tracking equipment, as well as laser cutters, 3D printers and small scale robotics through our FabLAB and TrakLAB.

Similar courses that we offer:

Games Arts - UCA Farnham
Games Design - UCA Rochester
Games Technology - UCA Farnham

Course details

Modules

In Year 1, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills in coding, making and research that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity. In Year 2, you'll increase your confidence and engagement with the course and its facilities, developing the knowledge to address reasonably complex design and coding briefs with elements of self-selection. The potential for specialised learning and the implications of different choices of direction will become clearer, with personal preferences emerging. In Year 3, you'll gain the depth of knowledge needed to resolve a complex design brief. With a substantial amount of self-determined direction, you’ll be able to establish preferences and viewpoints. You’ll express these in verbal and written design discourse, within each subject area and areas relating to design and production. You'll also build an appreciation of how creative coding can become a significant agent for change in today's world. Your communication skills will be enhanced, so that a project can be presented coherently to the public or external professionals.


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 code W290
Institution code C93
Campus name Canterbury
Campus code C

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

The majority of our courses require a portfolio and we consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades.

This means that whilst we have a standard entry criteria of 112 UCAS tariff points (64 UCAS points for 4 year courses) and a minimum of four GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade A*-C and/or 4-9 including English, this should be used as a guide to what we accept.

The average tariff that our students achieve is significantly higher than this standard entry criteria but we also occasionally make offers which are lower to students with a strong portfolio, and those who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

We welcome applicants who are currently studying or have completed A-Levels, Extended Diplomas (BTEC and UAL), Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Highers, and IB Diploma. We will consider other Level 3 qualifications on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

You can also check how many tariff points you have achieved using the UCAS Tariff calculator: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.uca.ac.uk

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:

https://www.uca.ac.uk/International-study/language-requirements-support/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note the International Fee will reduce to £15,600 if paid in one instalment prior to enrolment.

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University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
Farnham
GU9 7DS


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01252 892883