BSc (Hons) Digital Media & Interaction Design Global

Undergraduate, Full-time

Digital Media & Interaction Design Global BSc (Hons)

You will experience living and learning in a different country, with one of our European and Worldwide partner Universities


Incorporating integral study abroad in Year 3, this course has been developed for the new media professional ready to work in a global industry.

Placements are available in Europe and beyond with our wide range of partner institutions and we’ll work with you to find a placement that suits your skills, interests and ambitions.

Studying this course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the role digital media and interaction design plays within our lives, exploring how people use and respond to emerging technology and media. You’ll be equipped with adaptable practical and theoretical skills to allow you to design for current and future trends, whether you are creating for screen-based media, interactive experiences or physical computing.

During your studies you will be supported to create a portfolio of work, make links with industry and undertake optional work placement or study abroad options. We use industry standard packages in specialist Mac and PC labs.

Your experience abroad combined with your studies at Edinburgh Napier will prepare you for employment opportunities across a range of fast-paced and exciting areas. Some of our recent graduates have found employment as digital designers, motion graphic designers, VFX artists, developers, producers, 3d artists, user experience consultants and virtual reality producers.

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4 years

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Course details

This course will help you develop a comprehensive knowledge of the technologies involved in the creation and delivery of digital media.

You will gain an appreciation of the theory, application and cultural context for the use and development of new media, giving you confidence to critique and explore new areas as they are developed.

During your studies, you will gain expertise in the use of computer-based authoring tools to create audio, video, 2D and 3D media, as well as exploring physical computing and human computer interaction.

In year three you will undertake the integral study abroad for either one or two trimesters, giving you the chance to explore your skills and diversify your knowledge in a new and exciting environment.

In years three and four you will continue to build your knowledge, choosing a specialist route and focusing your areas of expertise whilst developing own authentic style.

In year four, your independent project will allow you to develop your critical understanding, researching topics at the forefront of interactive and digital media, and culminating in a dissertation and a major media project. You will also focus on portfolio and career development ready for your next steps.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures and tutorials.
  • note and pen Assessments Assessments for this course are mostly practical course works accompanied by reports, along with some modules with exams. The honours projects is a practical project and reflection accompanied by a 5000 word dissertation.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Experiencing the Digital City
  • Being Digital
  • Digital Imaging
  • Programming for Interactive Media & Design
  • Producing Digital
  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction

Year 2

  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Digital Video Development
  • Visual Design for Digital Media
  • Playful Interaction
  • 2D Computer Animation
  • Sound Theory

Year 3

Study abroad for 1 or 2 trimesters, modules below are options if having one trimester at home.

  • Digital Storytelling
  • 3D Modelling
  • Motion Graphics
  • Design Thinking and Doing
  • 3D Animation
  • Visual Effects
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Responsive Environments
  • Cyberpsychology

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development

Options from:

  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Creative Computing Internship
  • Experiential Design
  • Visual Effects Storytelling
  • User Experience
  • Starting a New Business
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • 3D Modelling
  • Motion Graphics
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Creative Computing

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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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBB to include one of the following subjects: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

National 5 Grade C in English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include one of the following subjects: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC to include one of the following subjects: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

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

Ordinary Level English at C2.

New Grading System:

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

Ordinary Level English at O4.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

BTEC Diploma

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Grade 4 in SL English.

European Baccalaureate

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

Grade 6 in English.

Minimum year 2


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

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £13,360 tba
Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland starting in 2020/21 will be invoiced the 2020/21 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Some of our recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Digital Designers
  • Motion Graphic Designers
  • VFX Artists
  • Developers
  • Producers
  • 3d Artists
  • User Experience Consultants and Designers
  • Virtual Reality Producers
Students working together on an audio project