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Creative Computing with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


The traditional lines between creative artists and programmers are dissolving, with coding skills becoming established as a creative medium in their own right. If you're looking to get the best start as a digital creative, you need a qualification that hones your artistic abilities, while giving you practical experience with the software and technology you'll use in your career.

This Creative Computing degree course (with optional Foundation year) focuses on using the latest skills and concepts from computing to create art, music, animation, apps, websites and games.

You'll learn coding, graphic design, audio production and software skills, preparing yourself for work in a varied jobs market where innovations such as virtual reality and machine learning are increasingly common alongside established technologies.

When you complete the course, you'll graduate with a BA or BSc, depending on which modules you select in years 2 and 3, and your choice of final year project. You'll have a versatile set of skills, practical knowledge and developed artistic ability, making you highly employable in many fields, from game design to music programming, digital marketing to design, or creative practice to IT.

What you'll experience

On this Creative Computing degree course you'll:

  • Get practical experience with coding, graphic design and audio production, continually improving your abilities with these vital skills
  • Use the tools, software and devices used by professionals in the industry, preparing you for your future career
  • Hone your creative skill by producing digital portfolios and physical artefacts for exhibitions
  • Learn about programming for games, audio, virtual and augmented reality, and animation
  • Get experience in electronics and interface design
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in your life and career, including critical thinking, academic writing, research, reflective practice, contextual awareness, project management, team work, time management, and peer assessment
  • Participate in Gamejam, a week-long event where you'll make a computer game alongside other students, staff, alumni and professionals – this gives you great experience in collaborating with people from different disciplines
  • Have the option to take a Foundation year before your degree programme, developing your academic abilities to the level you need for successful undergraduate study

You'll get experience with the technology you'll use in your career, some of which aren't available in other institutions. This includes:

  • A virtual reality suite – including our Oculus Rift and HTC Vive kits, heart monitors, facial recognition systems, and Electroencephalograms (brainwave interfaces)
  • A Motion-capture (MOCAP) studio using a Vicon optical system to capture movement
  • Game development kits – including Unreal Engine and Sony Playstation dev kits

Careers and opportunities

Our world is more reliant on technology than ever, there's never been a better time to learn how to use technology as a creative medium.

When you finish this Creative Computing degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your diverse set of skills and abilities to work in the industry.

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.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : EEE

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 48 points to include 1 A Level or equivalent. Other qualifications such as vocational A Levels (AVCE), BTEC’s and Access courses will also be considered.Year 1 entry: BBB-BBC. We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.


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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    70th out of 113 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    113 51%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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