BSc/BSc (Hons) Interactive Media Design

Undergraduate, Full-time

Interactive Media Design BSc/BSc (Hons)

Learn an open and curious approach to technology. Graduates of this course have the skills needed in tomorrow’s workplace.


Those who study Interactive Media Design are ready and able to connect digital technologies in exciting and unthought of ways.  The course prepares you to work with interactive technologies that cross the barrier between the physical and the digital.

You will learn both the theory and practice that will allow you to adapt technology to your own ends.  Your practical skills will allow you to work with existing technologies whereas the theory will enable you to adapt to the future.  You will be expected to be able to lead creative technology teams as well as produce high quality individual work.

Over the course of your studies you will become adept with industry standard tools and given the opportunity to connect with industry.  Our specialist labs give you the space and opportunity to develop your own distinct creative technology practice.

As a graduate of IMD you will be a much sought-after professional with the ability to solve complex problems that span across media.  You will learn to make applications and systems that are both functional and create delight.

Female students in a lab at Edinburgh Napier University

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2 years

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Course details

This course will empower you to consider alternative applications of technology.  Your understanding will enable you to design and create experiences that cross media channels in exciting ways.

Your understanding of practice will enable you to develop your own specialisms with a wide range of technology.  The theoretical underpinnings of this course will enable you to understand media as a cultural phenomenon.

You will gain expertise in the development of media as well as its application in the real world.  You will learn methods for working across the physical/ digital divide and will have a command of technology that will allow you to develop the future of interactive media.

In year 4 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.

As a graduate of this program you will be ready to enter industry.  The adaptable skills in creative technology that you have learned will prepare you for jobs that don’t exist yet.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Teaching is a combination of lectures and practical sessions.  Practicals are taught in specialist labs with up to date software and development environments.
  • note and pen Assessments Assessments for this course are mostly practical course works accompanied by reports, along with some modules with exams. The honours project is a practical project and reflection accompanied by a 5000 word dissertation.
  • library Facilities You will benefit from several specialist labs.  Our physical computing lab is equipped with up to the minute software and development environments.  We have specialist media creation suites and visual effects studios.  There is access to specialist VR and 360 video equipment.

Popular modules

Year 3
Compulsory modules:
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Scripting for Interactive Media
  • Design Thinking and Doing
  • Responsive Environments

Optional modules:

  • Cyberpsychology
  • Group Project
  • Creative Computing Internship

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Honours Project
  • User Experience
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development

Optional modules:

  • Creative Computing
  • Starting a New Business
  • Experiential Design
  • Creative Computing Internship

Dr Tom Flint has a wealth of industry experience having worked with digital technology since the early nineties. Tom specialises in working with creative organisations in interpreting their collections in various media. Tom builds bespoke devices and has exhibited internationally.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum year 3


Pass in Digital Design and Development with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

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 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 tba
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 tba
Overseas £14,925 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.