BSc (Hons) Digital Media and Interaction Design

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Learn the skills, techniques and theory needed for a career in digital media and interaction design production.

  • Napier code:

    56234BH

  • UCAS code:

    G453

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons)

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Course introduction

This course is aimed at aspiring digital media and interaction design practitioners. It will equip you with the skills to lead the design of the next wave of interactive applications, screen based media and physical computing.


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.

Throughout the course you’ll create a competitive portfolio of work to demonstrate your skill and knowledge.  We use industry standard packages in specialist Mac and PC labs.

From year 3, you'll specialise in one of our two digital media streams: Concept and Production or Interaction Design.

What you'll study

Advanced entry to year 3 is possible from HND courses with articulation agreements.

Subjects include:

Year 1

• Experiencing the Digital City
• Being Digital
• Digital Imaging
• Programming for Media and Design
• Producing Digital
• Introduction to Human Interaction

Year 2

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

Year 3

Path A - Concept and Production Route

• Digital Storytelling
• 3D Modelling
• Motion Graphics
• Design Thinking and Doing
• 3D Animation
• Visual Effects (VFX)

Path B – Interaction Design Route

• Digital Storytelling
• Ubiquitous Computing
• Scripting for Interactive Media
• Design Thinking and Doing
• Responsive Environments
• Cyberpsychology

Year 4

Path A:

• Honours Project
• Option: Scripting for Interactive Media or Creative Computing Internship or Experiential Design
• Visual Effects Storytelling
• Professional Identity Through Portfolio Development

Path B:

• Honours Project
• User experience or Creative Computing
• Option: Starting a New Business or Creative Computing Internship or Experiential Design
• Professional Identity Through Portfolio Development

Work placement

Short-term internships are possible at the end of your second or 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.

Our graduates find employment across the spectrum of digital design, technology and media industries. Digital Media and Interaction Design graduates are uniquely placed to fuse technical and creative skills. Recent graduates have found work as interactive and traditional media producers, motion graphics artists, developers, specialists in 3D, VFX and virtual reality as well as user experience consultants. They are also capable of working in more traditional IT industries.  An honours degree in digital media and interaction design also provides a platform for postgraduate study. We can also provide support for graduates who wish to start a business or work freelance.


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

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

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

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

Ordinary Level Maths and English at C2.

New Grading System:

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

Ordinary Level Maths and English at O4.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Diploma

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) 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 one of the following subjects: Design, Art & Design, Music, Photography, Media or Graphic Communication at minimum grade 5. 

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

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 £11,950 £12,350