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Creative Technologies is a transdisciplinary course encompassing several areas of study within audio, visual, Interface (Physical & Software) and arts

Summary

Study Creative Technologies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Creative Technologies (CT) degree is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to explore and develop your ideas through a range of existing and emergent digital arts, software, hardware and content development opportunities. In addition to developing specialist skills, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers in other creative and technical areas. A key principle of the programme is that we encourage and develop knowledge of parallel areas and disciplines - culture, audio/music, film/video/animation, software and devices; a principle which is now widely accepted as key to a career in the creative industries.

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About this course

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About

Technology and the arts are experiencing a period of profound change. Central to this change is the way in which these previously unconnected areas of study are becoming evermore dependent on each other with respect to the creation and delivery of content for new digital media platforms.

This degree is aimed at people who wish to develop working methods in the digital arts or digital media, drawing on a variety of creative and technological disciplines. You will typically already possess some background or interest in one of the core strands (Audio/Music, Still/Moving Image, Computing) but you will be expected to develop connections with the other fields during the course of your studies. At the end of your three years, you will have the knowledge, skills and innovative drive to compete in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the creative industries.

Structure & content

In the first year you will have an introduction to the creation and manipulation of sound and image using computer-based technology. By acquiring high-level technology and software skills you will be uniquely placed to present your ideas in innovative ways.
In second year you will continue to balance coverage of these disciplines through more advanced modules, including modules in 3D design, moving image, recording studio techniques, interactive applications, web and mobile development, creative business and entrepreneurship.

In the final year you will collaborate with other students to plan, produce and present a major piece of digital work. Examples of projects include audio/video installation, interactive application, moving image, 3D design, music, mobile app, web-based work or, ideally, a mixture of a number of these areas.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Students are expected to be in attendance during the normal working week. In line with the University’s attendance policy, attendance at all taught sessions is compulsory. In addition, students working on projects and in independent work may be required occasionally to attend for group meetings/seminars in the evenings and at weekends.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC∆ - BBC∆ at A2.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC

A grade range operates for this course.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

DMM award profile to include a minimum of 7 distinctions in level 3 units

to

DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation (the award profile should include a minimum of 9-10 distinctions in level 3 units) or in combination other qualifications. Where an applicant offers a profile of Diploma and an A level then the Diploma should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a BB equivalent at Diploma and the A level at grade C, see further below).

BB = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 5 distinctions)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA

The Subsidiary Diploma may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile (grade C) - see further below).

A* grade = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions in level 3 units)

A grade = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions in level 3 units )

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades B2B2C1C1C1-B2B2B3B3C1 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCCCC∆

to

BBCCC∆.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course grades

CDD∆

to

CCD∆.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of

24 points to include 12 at higher level

to

25 points to include 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

A grade range is in operation for this course.

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is currently under review with UCAS for 2017 entry. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HND

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall Merit award (for entry to either Year 1 or Year 2). Applicants deemed to hold a suitable subject-related HND will be considered for Year 2 entry.

HNC

Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit to Distinction award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses linked to this programme (or deemed to hold a suitable subject-related award) should achieve an overall pass and a year average of 45-50% in level 5 modules for entry to Year 2. Applicants from non-linked/non subject-related Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall average of 45-50% for Year 1 entry only.

Advanced Entry

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis .

Teaching and learning assessment

Content is delivered via a combination of lectures, practical, tutorials, seminars and is 100% coursework assessed.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

A number of our graduates go on to postgraduate courses in areas of specialist study at Masters level.

Creative Technologies (CT) graduates will complete their three years possessing a range of valuable and transferrable skills in key areas of digital media/content development, delivery, communication and creative thinking. As systems naturally converge, more and more future opportunities will be grasped by innovative teams of interdisciplinary thinkers.

CT graduates go on to work in a variety of roles:

  • Audio & music production
  • Video & post-production
  • Interaction & Interface design
  • Physical computing
  • Software & hardware development
  • Web design & development
  • Mobile app design

Work placement / study abroad

Students have the option of work placement / study abroad during their third year of study.

  • Industrial Placement (Dimploma of Professional Practice)
  • Study Abroad (Diploma in International Academic Studies)

Academic profile

Professor Paul Moore - Distinguished Teaching Fellowship
Dr Brian Bridges - Fellow of the HEA
Dr Murat Akser - Fellow of the HEA
Mr Terry Quigley - Fellow of the HEA

Apply

Applying online at www.ucas.com 

For all full-time higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, students must apply online at www.ucas.com . There are three types of applicant.

Students at a school or college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications.

Advice is available from your teacher or a careers adviser at your school or college. You fill in an online application and submit it to a member of staff. After checking your details, and having added the academic reference, your school or college submits the completed application online to UCAS. You pay online using a credit card or debit card. You may also be able to pay through your school or college.

Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently.

It is likely that you are a mature applicant, who, unlike school and college students, cannot readily seek advice from your teacher, but can instead consult with various careers organisations (such as Connexions). You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)

Except for those whose school or college is registered with UCAS, individuals from the EU (excluding the UK), and worldwide, apply online independently.

Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.com  to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called Applying Online, which can be downloaded from www.ucas.com 

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

School of Creative Arts and Technologies

Tel: +44 (0)28 71675396

Terry Quigley - Course Director

E: tm.quigley@ulster.ac.uk

For admission queries please e-mail arts@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

Joseph McLaughlin
Before coming to study at Magee, I worked as web designer at a small software company in Liverpool. I was very low on the rung of company ladder, and even after working there for several years there was little chance of me moving up. This is in partly due to my lack of skills, but much more importantly a lack of confidence. From taking part in the Creative Technologies course at Magee, I feel a imaginary 'glass ceiling' has been removed and now feel either of these things won't be a problem for me the future.

Diarmuid Moloney
Since leaving the Ulster University I have founded a music technology company. The company is called rotor and enables users to create their own music videos, cut to match their song. To go from university graduate to CEO of a company that works on projects that I've dreamed of in less than a year is a huge testament to what can be gained on the Creative Technologies course.

Rotor VideosWebsite

Brendan McCloskey
I am a musician with an interest in customised design of tools and instruments for accessible creative self-expression.

During my time with Ulster University I developed a prototype digital musical instrument called inGrid. Its aimed at musicians with cerebral palsy dissatisfied with the exclusive nature of many digital musical instrument designs and also with the generic computer interfaces in this context. inGrid was shortlisted for the prestigious Margaret Guthman prize at Georgia Tech in 2014.

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