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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Future Coders
  • Inner City Trust
  • Learning Pool
  • Nerve Centre
  • Smalltown america
  • Kofax

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Creative Technologist
  • Creative Content Producer
  • Sound composer
  • 3D Designer
  • Creative Developer
  • Interactive Developer
  • UX UI Designer

Overview

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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 BSc Creative Technologies degree combines creativity with technical innovation through a range of disciplines such as visual design, audio/music, art, coding, 3D and physical computing. The course is aligned with the maker culture and helps students develop a broad range of practical skills that are effective within the growing creative industries.

We attract students from a range of disciplines who have an individual talent and an ambition to develop a new interdisciplinary skill set that will enable them to generate design-led solutions to real world problems, express ideas artistically and interactively, and to understand the impact of design, art and technology within creative industries and wider society.

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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∆ at A2.

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

BTEC

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

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

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with 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/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate 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 the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCCCC∆.

∆ = 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 the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CDD∆.

∆ = 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 the University.

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International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of

24 points to include 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%

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

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 21 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

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 for entry to Year 1. Those applicants holding a subject-related HND with an overall merit may be considered for entry to Year 2

HNC

Applicants holding a HNC should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1 only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall mark of 45% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry. Those applicants holding a subject-related Foundation Degree may be considered for entry to Year 2.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) 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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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Future Coders
  • Inner City Trust
  • Learning Pool
  • Nerve Centre
  • Smalltown america
  • Kofax

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Creative Technologist
  • Creative Content Producer
  • Sound composer
  • 3D Designer
  • Creative Developer
  • Interactive Developer
  • UX UI Designer

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 (Diploma 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

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

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

T: +44 (0)28 71675396

Course Director: Terry Quigley

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.

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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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