BSc/BSc (Hons) Interactive Media Design

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Interactive Media Design provides the development skills required to bridge the gap between people and technology.

  • Napier code:

    56105BH

  • UCAS code:

    W281

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Develop your skills with industry standard software, learn established methods for creating engaging and exciting experiences. Studying this course will teach you in-depth knowledge of Interaction Design alongside practical skills in programming, sound and video production.

You’ll learn to produce single interactive products such as websites, interactive stories and responsive environments as well as understanding how to design across these media to produce a cohesive experience from separate units. You’ll also have the opportunity to take an internship in the creative computing sector as part of your studies.

You will gain the skills to understand and respond to the rapid integration of technology into our lives, across a broad range of media, providing you with a wide variety of career options.



interactive media design

“Studying interactive media design allowed me find myself as a student but also identify what I want to do for the rest of my life. It showed me that there was a place for creativity in the world of technology. The lecturers are amazing, captivating, and great in their respective domains.” Interactive Media Design student, Shika Hurrydass

You will gain skills in physical computing, working practically to incorporate them into the world around us. Your familiarity with disruptive technologies will allow you to steer companies in their future endeavours.

What you study

Year 1

  • Experiencing the Digital City
  • Being Digital; Acquisition for VFX
  • Programming for Media and Design
  • Producing Digital
  • Foundation Product Design 1

Year 2

  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Sound Theory; Digital Video Development
  • Playful Interaction
  • 2D Computer Animation
  • Option including Mobile Applications Development and Physical Computing

Year 3

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Responsive Environments
  • Creative Team Project
  • Option including Sound Production and Creative Computing Internship

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • User Experience
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development
  • Options including Creative Computing and Starting a New Business

Work placement

There is an exciting opportunity to take an internship in the creative computing sector at the end of your second or third year of study.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

With an impressive portfolio of work created during this course, you could find yourself working across a broad range of roles including:

  • user experience
  • interaction design
  • web design
  • games development
  • sound design
  • digital special effects
  • animation
  • video production or broadcasting

You may even take on a role in a more mainstream IT company, providing creative input into the interactivity of software and networking systems.


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

A Level

BBC to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

Grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication. 

Grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include at least one of the following at grade 5: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

      

BBC to include at least one of the following at Higher: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

A Level

AAB to include at least one of: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication. 

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/Masters in Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/Masters in Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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Aga Banach

Interactive Media Design student, Agnieszka Banach, created a Mixed Reality Game based on Jupiter Artland for her honours project.

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