BSc (Hons) Creative Computing

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Prepare for a career in the future of computation, where software development, design and creativity go hand in hand.

  • Napier code:

    56210BH

  • UCAS code:

    I102

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Creative Computing is a program designed for the future of computation.

This is a future where developers not only build technology, but understand the creative process and the world of design and interaction. You will be able to craft experiences and build them; be it a web project, a mobile application, a wearable device, or a smart, interactive space.


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We have selected an exciting range of modules that give you a broad range of knowledge in both computer science and design. You will also have the opportunity to conduct some of your studies in at least one other country. 

What you study

Year 1

  • Computer Systems
  • Foundations of Software Development and Design
  • Being Digital
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Programming for Interactive Media and Design
  • Producing Digital

Year 2

  • Scripting for Cybersecurity and Networks
  • Software Development 2
  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Playful Interaction

Year 3

  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Database Systems
  • Sensing Systems for Mobile Applications
  • Responsive Environments
  • Cyber Psychology

Year 4

  • Summer Internship / Experiential Design
  • User Experience
  • Information - Society and Security
  • Honours Project

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.

Modules

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.

Develop an impressive portfolio of work during your time at Edinburgh Napier so that you can easily apply to a broad range of creative computing roles, such as:

  • Creative Technologist
  • Front-end Engineer
  • Usability Engineer
  • User Experience (UX) Engineer
  • Game Designer/Developer
  • Mobile/Wearable App Designer/Developer
  • Web Designer/Developer


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBC to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level

CCC to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

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

Grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, 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 MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include at least one of the following at grade 5: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, 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: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, 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: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

A Level

BBB to include at least one of: Computing, Chemistry, Physics, 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/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM 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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Placements

"Fantastic, hard work and worthwhile". All computing students can do a paid year-long work placement during their third year.

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