Creative Computing BA, BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019
2020

Today's digital economy needs tomorrow's leaders to have both creative flair and technical skills - and the business acumen to tie them together. The Creative Computing course is as flexible and innovative as you, giving you the option to study for either a BA or BSc degree.

Typical offer
BBB
Department
School of Informatics

Course description

Course description

The combination of creativity and computing is highly sought-after by industry and there is a real demand for creative coders, digital technologists and computer artists of all kinds.

Creative Computing is a future-oriented course that comprises creativity, computing and business, with the ability to choose an arts (BA) or science (BSc) pathway.

In your first year you will cover the fundamentals of computing and programming, digital design and Information Management. You will work in a digital arts lab and produce games and apps.

The second year of the course includes an opportunity to work on a collaborative project in a real-world situation. Your technical training will include web and mobile technologies and Big Data analysis.

Those students who choose the arts pathway will find themselves making narratives for games or writing, staging digital installations, or giving live performances. Those who pursue the science path will focus on areas such as software architecture, systems design, machine learning or cognitive science.

Year 3 features a major project in which you will develop a product and become an entrepreneur. This is supported by studies of computational creativity (machines that create), emerging technologies, social computing, ethics, law and activism. The technological focus extends to AI technologies and computing for health. Arts pathway students will work in areas such as games and culture, and technology management.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points with a minimum of 15 points at HL
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Extended Diploma with DDM.

No specific subjects at A-level are required, but you should ideally have a mix of arts and sciences qualifications. If you have all sciences or all arts, we will check your personal statement for evidence of sustained and credible activity in whichever side of things you're missing, such as evidence of computing, programming or web skills, or creative or artistic ability.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £20,590 per year
  • Year in Industry: £3,088.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The creative digital economy is fast-changing and dynamic. The course will prepare you to work not just in jobs that are available now, but for those jobs that will emerge in the future. You may become an entrepreneur running your own company, or work for an existing organisation. We work closely with industrial partners such as NSC, ESL and MBD to stay in touch with the employment market.

Jobs in the sector currently include:

  • App Developer
  • 3D Designer
  • Big Data Delivery Lead
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Developer
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Editor
  • Creative Technologist
  • Data Visualisation Designer
  • Digital Analyst
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Content Creator/Strategist
  • Digital Designer
  • Digital Entrepreneur
  • Marketing and Optimisation Manager
  • Digital Officer
  • Digital Programme Manager
  • Front End Developer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Learning Technologist
  • Media Editor
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Sensational Data Scientist
  • Social Media Manager
  • UX Manager
  • Web Designer

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2 (BA)

Year 2 (BA)

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2 (BSc)

Year 2 (BSc)

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Year Abroad

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Global Opportunities team.

The Department of Informatics at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities:

The Department of Informatics also has links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Year in Industry

You take an industrial placement: this is normally a paid company position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment. You must apply for your placement yourself, but we will help you with the process.

During your placement you will be visited by a member of staff; when you return to the University you may give a presentation of your work experience. You will be provided with a log book to document your placement and will write a final report detailing your work, which will be assessed as part of your degree.

We provide excellent careers support, and our Industrial Advisory Board assists us in keeping our degrees fit for industrial needs. A year in industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the type of profession that you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you strengthen the profile that you have identified for your career.

Your placement effectively begins in year two when you will be briefed in writing a CV, interview techniques and the procedures that you need to follow to obtain a placement. In addition, a list of potential industrial partners who have taken students in past years will normally be provided.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3 (BA)

Year 3 (BA)

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3 (BSc)

Year 3 (BSc)

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Our Creative Computing course is as flexible and innovative as you, giving you the option to either concentrate on the artistic aspects of the subject (BA degree) or take a more scientific approach (BSc degree).

In your first year you will cover the fundamentals of computing and programming; you will work in a digital arts lab and produce games and apps.

Year 2 of the course includes an opportunity to work on a collaborative project in a real-world situation.

Your final year features a major project in which you will develop a product and become an entrepreneur.

Computer Science at Leicester

Hawwa particularly liked that her course was hands-on and practical rather than just theory-based.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will include lectures and lab classes, small group tutorials, projects, seminars, workshops, field trips and innovative demonstrations.

State-of-the-art web-based materials, automated feedback and marking systems, on-line tests and electronic coursework submission all provide an excellent modern learning environment.

Assessment methods are varied and wide-ranging, including: annotated logs, blog posts, business plans, multiple-choice exercises, concept maps, essays, essay plans, field reports, lab reports, literature reviews, live performances, reflective journals, portfolios, presentations, role play and written exams and tests.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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