Digital Media Technology with a Foundation - BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: 1002
  • Level: Foundation
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
  • Location: City Centre

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Digital Media development requires a comprehensive understanding of image, video and mixed reality processing. BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology, aims to develop you with the versatile and rich combination of skills that will enable you to design and develop tomorrow’s digital media products. You’ll have the opportunity to practice professional skills by delivering the course content in a project-driven and practice-like way, in specialist labs containing the latest hardware and software.

Your skills will be further developed through the group project based module which take place in year two of the programme. We also have well-established links with companies such as BBC, Microsoft and Cisco, ensuring that the programmes remain current and relevant to industry. The course also enables you to interact with potential employers by collaborating with industrial partners and participating in various events throughout the academic year

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study course that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate. Graduates will be equipped for careers related to media and computing. You could explore careers in multimedia development, web and interactive application development and multimedia content development.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a sandwich placement year between your second and third year. This is highly recommend as it will give you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by so many employers. The course is also part of the Erasmus scheme, which allows you to study abroad within the EU for a semester, normally during the second year of your course.

The main thing that attracted me to the course was that it covered a wide range of disciplines which allowed me to expand my skillset. The course also had a business module which gave a good overview of the media industry. Irfan Vasin

Why Choose Us?

  • Graduates from this programme will be equipped for careers related to media computing in roles such as: multimedia developer, web and interactive application developers, multimedia content developers and media technology specialist. Suitably qualified graduates should also be able to proceed to postgraduate study.
  • You will learn from an experienced team of academics and practitioners who offer not only academic expertise, but also current industry understanding and business acumen.
  • You will be based at our City Centre Campus in Millennium Point, which was built as a focus for science, technology and education within Birmingham and the wider region and provides an excellent context for exploring advanced technology.   
  • The School is established as one of the leading academies for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
  • The course involves project-based learning, which enables you to work in teams while developing web and multimedia applications and solving technical problems – as you would in the workplace.

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Luke Pooler

Luke applied to BCU through Clearing and gained a place on the Digital Media Technology course. He's now almost at the end of his placement year as a Content Assistant in a marketing team and looking forward to his final year.

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Big Marketing
  • Caterpillar

And in jobs such as:

  • Web Design Developer
  • Packaging Engineer

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

BB or 80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers (UK students)

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subjects are covered. Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:

UK Qualification Requirements
GCE A Level/ AS Level BB or 80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma  D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Must be from Technology, Science or Computing related subject
BTEC Extended Diploma  DMM - 112 UCAS points. Must be from Technology, Science or Computing related subject
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points. Must be from Technology, Science or Computing related subject
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 112 UCAS points. Must be from Technology, Science or Computing related subject
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 112 UCAS points. Must be from Technology, Science or Computing related subject
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years
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International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 years £12,800 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Foundation

Fundamental Mathematics
20 credits

The Foundation Mathematics module provides the basic knowledge and mathematical skills which will equip the students to continue their studies to an undergraduate programme. The module will be focused on mathematics related to the field of computing. The interactive taught sessions will use fundamental mathematical in discussions to broaden understanding of the theory and practice introduced in the module.

Academic and Personal Study Skills
20 credits

Academic and personal study skills are essential elements which should be applied in order to be successful in Higher Education. This module aims to help you in developing basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills. These skills are inevitably important and will support your transition to the higher education levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme.

Web Application Design
20 credits

This module provides the skills necessary to design a web based application around a clear understanding of the business information requirements, a structured design of an interface and the development skills necessary to implement a solution.

This module focuses on varied technologies relating to the design and development of application to meet the information needs of a business. The module will analyse and design an application that meets current web standards.

Technology in Context
20 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to the computing environment, different computing disciplines, and how they relate to each other. The module will consider how technology operates within their context, which will allow you to develop a broad approach to understanding how technology works and inform your future degree and career choice.

Independent Practice
20 credits

During the journey within higher education, developing your independent study is an essential skill to support shaping the knowledge to become more useful and applied within practice. This module aims to provide you with necessary skills and tips that should support you to work independently within your discipline and to successfully apply project management tools and techniques to a mini project related to your subject discipline.

Foundations of Programming
20 credits

Foundations of programming aims to provide you with the fundamental principles and practice-based activities needed to begin developing software programs. The module details the anatomy of a structured software program that includes the creation of a program algorithm, a logical, simple and organised program flow and the generation of pseudo and programming code.

The module uses a combination of theory and practice-based sessions designed to engage students in group and individual activities to identify the components of a software program and to apply their knowledge into hands-on software programming activities. During the module sessions you will acquire the basic skills to design and create software programs.

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Computer Programming
20 credits

This introductory computer programming module provides the underpinning knowledge and practice for computing students to design, build and test software components. The module will make use of practical sessions primarily to allow you to apply programming principles and constructs in order to creatively solve problems by means of developing small programs.

Computer Systems
20 credits

This module presents a holistic view of how computer systems work and it also provides the underpinning knowledge required. This fundamental computer systems module puts into practice the learning done through reading, video lecturers, skills building labs and problem based learning for the acquisition of new knowledge and core practical competencies.

Innovation Project
20 credits

This first-year project allows you to develop and cultivate a creative mind-set through collaborative innovative practice, allowing you to bring together knowledge and imagination to construct a viable product. It is an opportunity to express your ideas, skills and talent to the wider community of innovative practice.

The project provides you with an opportunity to be part of a thriving community of innovators that practices connected learning. This is facilitated by putting you into inter-disciplinary project teams supported by innovation mentors, advisors and academics; culminating in you exhibiting your work to an international panel of experts.

Website Design and Development
20 credits

This module provides the underpinning skills necessary to develop an effective web based information system based around a clear understanding of the visual requirements of an interface, a structured design approach and the technical skills necessary to implement a solution.

Media Technology
20 credits

This module will develop your key understanding of media technologies in production. The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and appreciation of the fundamental principles and practice of audio visual technology. You will explore and gain a deeper understanding of the science of image and audio capture.

Multimedia Design and Graphics
20 credits

This module aims to develop visual communication skills, introducing the student to core concepts and skills such as design conceptualisation, development and documentation, photography, image manipulation, visual promotion, and 2d animation.

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Sound for Visual Effects
20 credits

Sound is an important element in the viewer’s experience of a visual effects sequence. This module provides you with the technical skills and experience to record, edit and process sound to accompany visual effects.

Narrative Design
20 credits

This module investigates the process of screenwriting and provides opportunity for you to explore this process in preparation for your final year production. Furthermore, it contributes to development of the wider key skills required for employment, through in-class activities, assessments and background research.

Video Production Technology
20 credits

This module forms a core part of the production element of the course, providing the knowledge related to the production of video artefacts, focusing on planning, video production, post production, and video compression.

3D Modelling and Animation
20 credits

This module provides knowledge of and develops skills in the production of 3D models, rendering and animation for use in a variety of different media and platforms.

Multimedia Group Project
40 credits

You will participate in a small structured team to design, produce and test a multimedia product. The module allows you to build upon the experiences gained during the innovation project undertaken in your first year and to consolidate the additional knowledge you have gained in Semester 1 Year 2.

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Individual Honours Project
40 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project. 

Creative Visualisation
20 credits

This module provides you with the technical comprehension necessary to organise, manipulate, and enhance video data at both the point of capture and in post-production ready for delivery. You should be able to precisely specify settings and develop workflows based off knowledge in video compression and software requirements, as well as enhance the visual image through grading and compositing.

Professional Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to explore different approaches and theories as you develop a professional understanding of the industries in which you want to work, with the focus on finding viable routes into employment that use the skill set you have developed while at University. The module will also look at the development and management of the production processes, (commissioning, project development, and revenue generation) contextualising these concepts with real world scenarios.

Cross Platform Media
20 credits

Within this module you will develop productions that span a number of platforms such as film, games, social media, web and VR. It provides you with an opportunity to work with students from a number of disciplines and develop an understanding of how your knowledge and skills can fit into the production workflow of different media industries.

Consultancy and IT Management
20 credits

This module enables you to gain an understanding of the processes, scope and role when providing guidance or advice in a professional consulting capacity. It will also assist you if you join a larger organisation with the aspiration to become a leader and manager. The module provides awareness on the wider consulting profession and practice, the consulting role in computing and the management of client relationships. The focus will be to analyse and evaluate the frameworks, processes and techniques applied by computing consultants, managers and leaders.

Course Structure

Lectures are used to introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in tutorials. Technology-enhanced learning is used, where appropriate, through the provision of online resources, discussion forums and other activities. Textbooks are used, together with professional material and journal articles, in order to ensure that students develop a critical understanding of work in their discipline. The module guides direct students to a full range of resources, including books and journals, as well as specialised course-based material.

Analytical and problem solving skills are further developed using a range of appropriate 'real' and 'theoretical' case studies, plus a range of problem-based learning scenarios. Practical, including lab-based, sessions are used throughout the programme to develop practical skills and to place theory in a work-related context. Where appropriate, you will also use commercial development environments.

You will develop the key skills of research, academic writing and time management required for study at degree level throughout your first two years of study, which will enable you develop them further on the final-year individual project.

Transferable/key skills are pervasive and incorporated into modules and assessments as appropriate. For example, team-working skills are fostered via group activities. You are encouraged to plan your own work schedules and are required to meet deadlines. Reflection and self-awareness are fostered throughout.

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively by a number of methods, including coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums and project work.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 20 hours of contact time over three or four days, plus self study time.

Why you should study Digital Media Technology

Do you want to work in the fast paced and stimulating field of creative digital technologies? Do you have a passion for the technology behind, the web, social media, mobile applications, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D animation and digital video? Our Digital Media Technology degree will give you the technical knowledge and creative skills needed to design and develop these and the next generation of innovative digital products.

On the Digital Media Technology degree you will use industry standard tools, software and state of art facilities to design and develop digital products that incorporate media content in new and innovative ways. You will develop the skills to combine technical proficiency with design know how and become prepared for the next industry challenges.

Having strong links with industry and research, the course offers you the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, via guest lectures, practical development projects and links with BCU’s DMT Lab, a world leading research lab for the latest Digital Media Technology. You can also take the opportunity of having a year working in Industry and gaining valuable industrial experience as part of a placement year.

Student stories

Mike Gilbert

Mike Gilbert’s final year project was inspired. It combined his hobby.

Mike’s now a web designer/developer for an educational trust in Exeter, producing online resources for teachers and learners. It’s a varied and interesting role that involves full project lifecycles - from researching products to designing, developing and testing solutions.

Leon Barrett

Leon must have enjoyed University life – his first job on graduating was right here at the University. And his long-term goal? To get as much industry experience as possible before moving into lecturing in web technology….

Leon put his skills straight into action – using web technologies from his course as a Technology Transfer Consultant here at Birmingham City University, developing Flash applications and creating websites; and using his Action script skills to create interactive eLearning content for distance learning courses.

Further Study

The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Student stories Mandeep Chana

Overseas Teaching Programme

Mandeep Chana spent her industrial placement year working with our faculty. Supporting more than 180 local creative businesses, Mandeep helped to create 129 new jobs and nearly £3/4 million extra sales!

It was no surprise that Mandy graduated with a first class degree and a prestigious prize for the best student contribution to the faculty. In fact, Mandy impressed her employers so much that they contracted her to the faculty to work one day a week during her next year’s studies.

Employment Opportunities

The University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Graduate+ programme, an extracurricular awards framework, is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you will have developed throughout the programme with broader transferable skills which will enhance your employability options upon


Placements

You'll be encouraged to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course. This takes place after the second year of study and extends the course duration to four years.

As well as providing the workplace experience sought by many employers, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity for you to further develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. Our placements team support you throughout the placement process.

Alex Fogg - Xerox

Alex undertook a placement year with Xerox as Web Developer and Business Analyst.  He was involved in maintaining and developing new and existing and maintaining and updating scripts for the company’s various websites.

Full details can be found on the School placements page.


OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Graduates in the area of digital media have enjoyed excellent employment prospects, with many successfully entering the media industry sector. Graduates work both as freelancers and employees within digital media agencies, as well as tech companies. Graduates also find employment in wide-ranging companies and organisations increasingly dependent on the expertise our graduates have to offer.

Graduates have pursued careers in web development, interactive content development, media technology consultancy, IT, corporate training and publishing, e-commerce and multimedia marketing.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

Here at Birmingham City University, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is equipped with a multitude of professional, dedicated equipment. With world-class facilities including: two film and television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations.

We have cutting edge facilities available to support the course and research that goes on in the School, including the purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, DMT Lab and Cisco Academy at Millennium Point. We also have several PC and Apple Mac computing suites with the latest industry standard applications and tools for audio, video and multimedia application development and content creation.

As a student of the School of Computing and Digital Technology you will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare you for working within industry. Our four fully digital, interconnected TV studios can be used within a variety of contexts, including audio-recording. Alongside this with have several broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

Film and television

You will have access to four fully digital, interconnected TV studios, along with broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

Multimedia

An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Sound and music

Discover the full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.

Kira Summers

Kira Summers

Programme Leader, Lecturer

Kira is the Programme Leader for BSc Digital Media Computing and BSc Digital Media Technology, and she is Module Coordinator for a variety of modules delivered across Digital Media courses in the School of Computing and Digital Technology.

Prior to working in higher education, Kira worked in various roles, designing, developing and integrating sound, still images and video into mixed media solutions. She has worked in fields such as gaming, web development and education, performed at several venues including the Royal Albert Hall, and hosted regular local radio broadcasts. 

Read Kira's full profile