Multimedia Computing BSc Honours
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Typical offer for September 2015
|International Baccalaureate||26 points (minimum)|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||DMM/D*D*|
|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 computing refers to computer-based systems, products and services which respond to the user’s actions by presenting rich content such as text, graphics, animation and video. The multimedia industry requires practitioners with a combination of specialised skills, such as an understanding of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) principles, and also the technical competences for developing and controlling responsive interfaces that adapt to multiple platforms and devices.
To address the current requirements of the multimedia sector this course covers the principles that contribute to effective UX design, content management and optimisation to be incorporated in interactive products. The course focuses primarily on the technical aspects of interactive product development. It offers two main directions of specialisation – web design and development, and mobile application design and development. You will be supported to build a rich portfolio to enhance your employability, and have the opportunity to gain credit for industrial certiﬁcation courses licensed by major commercial software developers.
The course will enable you to possess the practical skills and knowledge to develop a range of technical careers within the multimedia industry, including digital producer, digital project manager, front-end developer, information architect, multimedia authoring specialist, programmer, SEO specialist, usability and UX specialist, and web analyst specialist. Students with creative abilities will be able to ﬁnd employment as designers responsible for producing the visuals of UI.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
The ﬁrst year provides you with an underpinning of the subject area. You will be introduced to computer programming concepts and languages that are used to create interactive products, basic maths that are required to understand programming algorithms and concepts, basic UI/UX principles, and the process of interactive product design.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
The second year introduces multimedia-speciﬁc modules which allow a degree of specialisation in design and development, from traditional websites to mobile applications. The curriculum builds onto the fundamental conceptual knowledge attained in Level 4 to apply it to ﬁeld-speciﬁc subjects. The emphasis is on developing your professional skills and learning how multimedia projects are managed and organised. Creative modules allow you to build your portfolio in order to demonstrate your technical and creative skills.
Sandwich placement year
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.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
The third year builds on speciﬁc skills attained in Level 5, and exposes you to the specialised research topics of multimedia design and development. You will complete a project of your own choice (a game, a dynamic and responsive web application or a mobile app) that provides you with the opportunity to develop more advanced skills and techniques in the potential area you will be seeking employment.
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
Additional costs information
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International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. For more information visit the Kaplan International College webpage.
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.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.
Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.
In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.
Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.
Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.
We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.
We can help you to:
- Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- Plan your career development
- Identify your career options
- Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your faculty registry and can help you to find a suitable placement as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
Career options in your subject area
We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
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.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
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.
Personal advice and counselling
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.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
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.
Sport and recreation
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
Quotes from graduates
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.
James took part in the "Year In Industry Contribution To Business" award competition 2012 where he presented the nature of his work during his placement at Siemens which involved the creation of a large scale distributed web application and he was honoured to receive the Best use of IT on a placement award from the British Computing Society for his work.
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.
Internships summer 2013
A few of our BSc Honours Multimedia Computing students took part in the "Absolute Internship" programme in summer 2013 and worked for T- Rex digital in Shanghai, China in various roles of multimedia development.
During the summer of 2013, I went to Shanghai to do a two month internship. I worked in a games company in which I contributed in the production of a mobile game that they were creating. I was involved in modelling the environment for the game, such as buildings and trees. I was also responsible for designing the company's website. Working out in Shanghai was a great experience because I got the chance to see how the skills we learn in uni are actually used in real life. It was exciting to be in the environment where a game was being created and had deadlines they had to reach. I would recommend this for everyone because it was a great experience and gave a real insight in what they working world would be like and was also interesting to be in another country, especially China.
I recently interned in Shanghai over the summer (July and August), I choose this city not only because I wanted to get out of the UK and step out of my comfort zone but also I heard Shanghai was gowning fast in the multimedia industry. During my time there I worked with 'T-Rex Digital' which is a games publishing and developing company. T- Rex digital were in the middle of creating an app called "monkey king" when I joined the team, so my duties were to help create the environment and objects within the game. I learnt a lot during my time and had a real feel for the working environment. Interning in China was a culture shock but I fell in love with the city and people, I would defiantly recommend the city and to intern there as I learned a lot and feel it will help me with my future career.
I have interned into a program called 'Absolute Internship' in summer 2013. I had an opportunity to work in a mobile games development and publishing company called 'T-rex digital' based in China, Shanghai. During my internship I was tasked to create new d models for the companies latest mobile game 'The Monkey King' on iOS and Android. Additionally I was tasked to pre-lunch marketing plans creating various marketing assets.