UCAS code: GP43 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
|International Baccalaureate||26 points (minimum)|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||MMM/DD|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C in IT or Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade C|
|Access to HE Diploma||54 credits at level 3|
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted).
Multimedia is the field concerned with the computer-controlled integration of text, images, animation, audio and any other media where information can be represented, stored, transmitted and processed digitally. Multimedia has become part of our everyday lives, and the need for professionals with strong technical and creative skills, and a solid understanding of human – computer interaction principles, increases daily.
This course provides a firm grounding in computer science with a specialised focus on multimedia and equips you with the required skills to bridge the gap between people and technology. The major focus is on the integration of theory and technology and its practical application in design projects. You will be exposed to all areas of the subject, including programming, content development (graphics, 2D animation, audio, video, 3D modelling and animation), internet authoring and interactive media design, building a rich portfolio to enhance your employability.
The course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to develop your career in a range of roles, including multimedia authoring specialist, front-end developer, website developer, interface designer, project/production manager, content developer and multimedia database manager.
You are given a broad introduction to computing as well as immediate exposure to the tools and software commonly used in the multimedia industry. The emphasis is on giving you a wide range of skills in interactive product design, content production, hardware and software components of computer systems, and programming, so that you can make informed choices about the direction you want to take.
In Year 2 you develop your skills in industry-standard multimedia tools, such as those by Adobe CS and Autodesk. You learn about the needs of industry and how multimedia projects are managed and organised, and examine the principles of interactive product design, web development and scripting technologies. You can also focus more on interactive design, or concentrate on the programming within multimedia. You can choose between options in 3D modelling and animation, mobile application development, image processing and 3D graphics, database development, and object-orientated programming.
Between Years 2 and 3 you can choose to take a year out and work in the multimedia industry. This offers you an ideal chance to put into practice the skills you have learnt. It also gives you the opportunity to develop
a better understanding of the needs of the industry, and the experience gained from a placement often improves your career prospects following graduation.
You complete a project of your own choice. This is a real chance for you to develop your knowledge in an area you are interested in. You also have the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques in a variety of areas, including sound and music production, pervasive computing and interactive platforms, mobile user experience, advanced animation techniques, compositing and postproduction, semantic and social web, and computer systems administration.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. For more information visit kic.org.uk/westminster-london.
The Multimedia Computing BSc Honours has been designed to enable graduates to possess the practical skills and knowledge to develop a range of technical careers within the multimedia industry, including multimedia authoring specialist, front-end (web and mobile) developer, programmer, SEO specialist, Web Analyst Specialist, information Architect, digital producer, usability and UX specialist, digital project manager. Students with creative abilities will be able to find employment as designers, who are responsible for producing the visuals of UI. The course covers UX principles, but does not focus on assets creation. Students will be provided with real world scenarios/briefs and content that they will have to organise and optimise, in order to design and develop appropriate interactive products understanding all the stages of the multimedia development cycle. The students are supported to gradually build their portfolio which is necessary to secure employment in the multimedia sector.
Multimedia Computing is a very profitable sector and today’s organisations need graduates with both good Honours degrees and skills relevant to the workplace, namely employability skills. The University of Westminster is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:
• career development skills are embedded in all courses
• opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available to students
• staff continue to widen and strengthen the University’s links with employers in all sectors, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of the University’s career education and guidance provision
• staff are provided with up-to-date data on industry trends and employers’ requirements which will inform the education delivered to students.
Currently the creative industry is one of the fastest growing in the UK. There is a large number of employment opportunities in front end and UX development. An indicative guide of an annual wage of a junior front end developer at graduate level is approximately £20-25k and span to £65k+ for a UX developer.
Our students are also provided with all the required skills to continue their studies to Postgraduate level.
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Examples of work by students on the Multimedia Computing and Animation Course
Andrej Korubov, Multimedia Computing BSc Honours (graduated summer 2013)
I loved the course. First of all, I have learnt so many new things and subjects. Secondly the tutors were friendly and helpful. Moreover I appreciated that there was plenty of practical work, not only the theory throughout the whole course. The modules were challenging. The highlight was probably the facilities the university offered, new PCs, motion capture room and games room.
Thanks to the motivation of the tutors, and their help to get into my intership with Red Bee Media.
My current job in games development is relevant to my degree. I am using many of the things I learned from uni like: prototyping, gathering feedback, managing the project, programming, doing animations, producing sound.
James Thomas, Multimedia Computing BSc Honours (graduated summer 2013, Currently working at Siemens)
The course was interesting and creative. Modules were technically challenging. I particularly enjoyed modules related to web programming, computer systems administration and sound and music production. Also everything I learned in the HCI modules I am always thinking about when I am using things on a daily basis. My placement at Siemens was the difference between getting a 2:2 and a 1st. My current job is relevant to the course in so far as it is Software Engineering so any programming that I have done on the course is always good practice for it. I am using the knowledge I acquired in the computer systems administration module a lot as I've been fiddling around on linux servers.
Michalis Katalanos, Multimedia Computing and Animation BSc Honours (Credit Level 6 currently)
The course is really interesting and creative as it covered designing and programming aspects as well as industry related modules. The staff has always been helpful. The modules are very detailed and offere good insight on industry software. With the skills I gained I can see myself pursuing a career in lots of different industries such as film, animation, mobile and web development.
Joanne Fallah, Multimedia Computing and Animation BSc Honours (Credit Level 6 currently)
I find most of the modules interesting. The staff has always been there to help on campus and via email. Facilities are also good. The course is technical challenging. The highlights from the three years that I study at the University is learning how to create things that you see on tv and other media. In summer 2013 I did an internship in Shanghai with a games company, doing 3d modelling which was really good as I got to practise and learn how to put skills learnt into a working environment.
Ten of the School's best BSc Computer Games final year students exhibited at the V&A Museum