BSc (Hons) Creative Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Creative Technology

    Our BSc (Hons) Creative Technology degree course has been developed in response to the growing demand from creative industry employers for graduates that combine hands-on technical skills with creative and design flair.

    Develop versatile digital technology skills that are in high demand by the creative industries; from film, animation, and games, to virtual, augmented, and extended realities.

    This course will enable you to develop a solid base of coding skills, and knowledge of how to use and blend creative technologies that will give you access to technically based creative roles. 

    You don’t need to know how to code at the beginning — Year 1, which is taught alongside BSc Creative Computing – is all about developing a sound base of technical skills that you will use in Years 2 and 3 as a springboard to your exploration of a range of creative technologies.

    Your learning experience will be hands-on, developing projects to industry briefs, and exploring the potential for computer-based technology in a wide range of digital creative and design sectors.

    Your tutors and the technicians that support your creative development will be experienced industry professionals, supporting the development of your creative and design flair, while grounding you in the technical skills you need.

    From Year 2 you will have access to our new Creative Technology Lab, allowing you to experiment with technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), physical computing, projection mapping, lidar scanning, advanced laser cutting, and even soft robotics. You will use cutting-edge equipment such as motion sensors to develop unique forms of human-computer interaction and develop a working knowledge of the product development lifecycle.

    Your final year research report and major projects will present significant opportunities for you to develop your very own creative technology specialism, supported by tutors, technicians, and specialist physical resources. These final projects will likely form the centrepiece of your graduate portfolio.

    As with all courses at NUA, employability and entrepreneurship sessions integrated into your programme will allow you to develop excellent transferrable skills in teamwork, project management, communication, and problem-solving; and you will have opportunities to work with digital creative businesses in the university’s network.

    As a graduate of the course, you will be a digital creative practitioner with excellent technical ability, and proficient in design skills developed through the tradition of specialist creative teaching at Norwich University of the Arts. Your contemporary knowledge of creative technology will either unlock high-quality roles in AR/VR, immersive technology, physical computing, and product development — or set you on your own course as a freelancer in the digital creative industries!

    Course information

    Course length: 3 years
    Sandwich courses: Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 diploma), or Creative Computing (1 year, Level 5 diploma), available between years 2 & 3

    All courses started in September 2021 are run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.​

    Course content

    • Year 1
    • Introduction to creative technology and creative computing
    • Basics of creative coding – taught in common with BSc Creative Computing from 2023 – design and development of your own application.
    • Year 2
    • Exploration of different creative technologies, the potential for overlap, and where you might fit in this world
    • Determining your career direction and the basics of starting a business
    • Lab-based experimentation of different creative technologies
    • Realising the potential for collaboration with other creative professionals or organisations by working on a collaborative project.
    • Year 3
    • Research report
    • Developing your career pack
    • Development of final project to showcase creative design and technical ability.

    Typical UK offers

    A / AS Levels – GCE
    3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB.
    A-levels including Art & Design/Design Technology/Computer Science/Maths/Physics/Psychology are encouraged, but not mandated.
    Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
     

    GCSE
    Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade B or 5

    BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF) 
    Distinction, Merit, Merit in Computer Science/Computing; Creative Digital Media; Creative Media Production 

    BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF) 
    Distinction*, Distinction in Computer Science/Computing; Creative Digital Media; Creative Media Production

    T Levels
    A T Level in any subject with overall grade Merit or above

    UAL Extended Diploma 
    An overall Merit in a related field 

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design) 
    Pass in Computer Science/Computing or a creative field 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma 
    A minimum of 27 points 

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be assessed through responses to questions asked as part of the application process and your personal statement, as well as your qualifications — So even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

    If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. 

    If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries. 

    Fees and Funding

    The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK or ‘International/EU’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact student.finance@nua.ac.uk

    UK students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

    2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants

    Citizen status Course Annual fee
    UK Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
    International (including EU) Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £15,900

    Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

    International students

    Find out more about 2021 fees for international students and the scholarships and support available.

    Financial support for UK students

    Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.

    Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

    Tuition fee loans are available for UK students.

    • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
    • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
    • Only start paying back when you are earning over £26,575 per year

    Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

    Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

    • A loan of up to £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
    • A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.

    Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    How can you find out more?

    To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email us: student.finance@nua.ac.uk

    Scholarships

    Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.

    Bursaries

    For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). Find out more about bursaries at NUA

    NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

    All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

    All students have an opportunity to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, enhancing their employability options through a Level 5 Diploma.

    These courses are offered in Creative Professional Development; a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning, and Creative Computing; designed to build the foundation skills in coding and software design that are in high demand in the digital and creative industries.

    Need help? Chat to our friendly recruitment team

    Book a place on an Open Day, or to find out more about how to apply for a course at Norwich University of the Arts, please give us a call.

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