BSc (Hons) Creative Technology
Course length: 3 yearsWork-based learning opportunities: Creative Professional Development Year (Level 5 diploma) available between years 2 & 3
*Subject to validation, course start date September 2023
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, 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, grounding you in the technical skills you need whilst supporting the development of your creative and design flair.
From Year 2 you will have access to our new Creative Technology Lab, allowing you to experiment in AI, XR, CG animation and even soft robotics.
As with all courses at NUA, you will develop excellent transferrable skills in teamwork, project management, communication and problem-solving through employability and entrepreneurship sessions integrated into your programme.
As a graduate of the course you will be a digital creative practitioner with excellent technical ability. You will be proficient in design skills developed through the tradition of specialist creative teaching at Norwich University of the Arts.
You will have a contemporary knowledge of creative technology that will either unlock high quality roles in games, animation, VFX, XR and AI, or set you on your own course as a digital creative artist.
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.
- 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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
|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.
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?
Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.
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.
Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 Diploma)
The Diploma in Creative Professional Development has been developed to offer undergraduate students the chance to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, exploring their employability options through a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning.
Not just an ‘industry sandwich year’ —
The Level 5 Diploma in Creative Professional Development is:
- Designed around your needs as a creative student, particularly if your personal network does not currently reach creative industry.
- Based on our award-winning Profile skills framework.
- Co-delivered with industry partners who share our approach.
- Supporting you with carefully planned interventions and activities before and after their placements, so that you are ready to undertake placement learning and then equipped to derive the maximum insight from the experience afterwards.
- Opening a wide range of creative roles that you may not imagine you would be able to apply for after your study at NUA.
It has been designed for:
- Students who want to work in creative industry but have not yet decided the sort of role they would like.
- Students who do have a clear sense of career direction but need to develop a structured plan to achieve it.
- Students who do not have relevant work experience, and want to graduate with a fuller CV.
- Students who think that business start-up or freelancing may be their preferred option and want to explore it further.
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