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BSc (Hons) Creative Computing

  • UCAS
    G452
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: ABB
    BTEC: DDM
    IB: 33 points including three HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time; 4 years full-time with the third year spent on industrial placement in a Computing, Digital Design or Information Technology field; 4-6 years part-time
  • Department
    Computing

Course overview

This degree will prepare you to take an active role in the creation of computational systems in arts, music, film, digital media, and other areas of the software industry that require creative individuals.

Why study BSc Creative Computing at Goldsmiths? 

  • You'll have the option of taking an industrial placement year between the second and final year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience that will enhance your employability
  • You'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas, including applications in the arts and creative industries
  • Previous students have worked on paid professional creative projects, which have counted towards credits on their degree and have even lead to full-time work
  • You'll develop technical skills in programming for audio and visual media, and will have the freedom to use these skills in your own practical projects, creating games, applications, websites and interactive artworks
  • We'll prepare you to take an active role in the creation of computational systems in arts, music, film and digital media
  • Goldsmiths is one of the leading institutions in the UK for the application of computing in creative contexts
  • Our teaching is strongly focused on practical work in real world situations
  • We regularly invite industry experts to deliver lectures and talks, including people from the BBC, ITV, mainstream games companies, and high profile computer artists and filmmakers

If you are an international student and you don't meet the entry requirements for this programme, you may be able to apply for our BSc Creative Computing with International Foundation.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Robert Zimmer

Modules & structure

Overview

This degree is designed to prepare you for a career as a technology-led creative in the media industries. It will nurture your development not just as a technical expert, but also as a creative thinker, allowing you to learn and explore through a combination of technology and imagination. It will prepare you for a career in computation for media, games and related areas by giving you both the technical understanding and the creative freedom to develop your ideas.

You'll study core elements of computing, including programming for audio and visual media, using a variety of programming languages. Modules will offer you the opportunity for in-depth studies of audiovisual computation techniques and include elements of cognition and perception, history, and appreciation of contemporary media. You'll also complete practical projects with a view to developing a portfolio.

Level 4

Module title Credits
  Introduction to Programming 30 credits
  Numerical Maths 15 credits
  Introduction to Creative Computing Practice 15 credits
  Introduction to Digital Media 15 credits
  Audio-Visual Computing 15 credits
  Web Programming 15 credits

Level 5

Module title Credits
  Principles and Applications of Programming 30 credits
  Databases Networks and the Web 30 credits
  Creative Projects 30 credits
  Perception and Multimedia Computing 30 credits

Level 6

Level 6 consists of:

  • 4 optional modules from a range of options in term 1
  • a major project in term 2

Assessment

Modular: assignments, tests, laboratory exercises, exams, final year project. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects

If you do not have a Science or Mathematics-based A-level, you should normally have at least Grade B at GCSE Mathematics.

You should also be able to demonstrate a music or arts background, as shown for example by an arts foundation degree.

You can study for this degree as part of the University of London International Programme. If you are already studying for the BSc in Creative Computing on the University of London International Programme, you may transfer into the second or third year of this degree.

If you are an international student and you don't meet the entry requirements for this programme, you may be able to apply for our BSc Creative Computing with International Foundation.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: ABBBC (Higher), ABC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B1

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 (with no individual test lower than 5.5)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Selection process

At interview stage you will be asked to present a portfolio of original digital works.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 2nd in London for this subject area** 17th in the UK for the quality of our research***

Computing

The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.

From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it.

Learn by doing

We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. You’ll focus on practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice.

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.

Industry experts

You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks.

Find out more about the Department of Computing.

**Guardian University League Tables 2017

***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

Courses are taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions. These will introduce you to ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, improve your communication skills, and enable you to develop high level practical and technical skills in computing.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out research, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work. 

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to find out more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of  that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers

Industrial placement year

Our degree programmes include an optional Industrial Placement Year between the second and third year of study. This offers you the invaluable opportunity to develop the practical skills and real world experience that is sought after by employers. You're supported throughout your placement year by a placement tutor, who provides you with guidance and liaises between you and your employer.

Some of the companies Creative Computing students have worked at during their work placement year recently include:

Skills

This degree is designed to prepare you for a career as a technology-led creative in the media industries. The programme will develop you not just as a technical expert, but also as a creative thinker, allowing you to learn and explore through a combination of technology and imagination. Technical skills include:

  • a strong understanding of how to design, develop and apply software in all areas of commerce and industry
  • an awarenesss of the fundamentals of computing (hardware, software, architecture and operating systems)
  • an understanding of programming languages
  • a clear sense of the issues involved in building and maintaining reliable software for the sophisticated demands of today's market and for the software industry as it develops throughout the 21st century
  • an understanding of the social context and visual design aspects of software development together with the technical skills of programming

Our degrees have a large proportion of practical work in which you must deliver software projects, both individually and in groups. This mirrors as closely as possible a real world work environment. These projects develop your technical skills but also require you to tackle the broader aspects of the software development process, such as understanding users' needs and requirements and the design of interfaces on a number of platforms – from web pages to touch screen phones.

You'll also gain skills in teamwork, creative thinking, report writing, time management and organisation, presenting reasoned arguments to a range of audiences, and retrieval of information – all of which are sought by graduate employers.

Careers

The explosive and ever-growing use of technology in business and commerce means that there's a whole range of different career possibilities for computing graduates. In terms of job opportunities and salaries, the IT sector is well ahead of most other industrial and commercial sectors.

Where do Goldsmiths computing graduates work?

Some of the recent graduate level careers for computing graduates have included:

  • Film/TV special effects and post-production
  • Visual interface designer
  • Computer graphics designer
  • Video game developer
  • Music production
  • Multimedia systems analyst
  • Media and entertainment industries
  • Mobile App developer
  • Web developer
  • Computer music/sound engineer
  • Interface designer
  • Database manager

Employers include:

  • IT consultancies
  • New media and advertising companies
  • Computer games developers
  • Software development firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Engineering companies
  • Retail and service industries
  • Tourism and leisure industries
  • Entertainment industries 

You can find out more about the career options open to you after graduating on our Computing careers page. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student work

Student profiles

Natalie

"The computing department is a friendly environment, filled with lots of ideas and innovation"

"I’m currently half way through year 2 and have learned loads! 

The course I am studying is one of four computing related pathways offered by Goldsmiths. We've covered a lot of topics, my favourites are those related to web development. In year 1 we covered the basics of HTML and CSS and expanded on this by learning about PHP and SQL databases in year 2. This allows the creation of websites with added functionality. We have been using a program called ‘Processing’ to learn about programming Java in a graphical environment. Processing makes it fairly easy to create animated and interactive graphics using key programming principles and a bit of maths, which can be very fun. 

The computing department is a friendly environment, filled with lots of ideas and innovation. The lecturers are generally helpful, approachable and interested in student’s work. It’s handy that they are accessible at their open office hours or via email.

I balance uni work with a part time job at RBI. I’ve been working there for the last 6 months helping put content onto the new ICIS website and coding marketing email data for subscribers. I’m not completely sure what kind of job I will get after my degree. Initially I wanted to learn more about and work in web design, however this course has opened up other paths such as software, games or android app development. I also really like the idea of training elderly people and get them more involved in technology."

Eduardo

"Studying at Goldsmiths has given me the ultimate gift; a dream of an amazing future and a second opportunity in life to become the person I want to be."

"I'm a mature student with a young heart. At the moment I am in the foundation year to shape up and get the tools I need to become a computer scientist. I knew about Goldsmiths because some of my friends who were at the university already told me the wonders of studying here.

I was thinking about coming back to education for some time, and after attending an open day and having a chat with the Computing Department I was convinced I wanted to study here. Being at Goldsmiths has been a great experience and a rollercoaster of emotions. I've met good friends, and been given the opportunity to get involved as a Department Student Co-ordinator, representing the student body to both the department itself and to Goldsmiths. Hopefully I am a bridge for better understanding between the two sides.

My tutors have given me many gifts to be thankful for, such as logical thinking and understanding computing behaviour and a hunger for research. They've also provided me with a space to create my own personal and creative ways to develop my ideas, which has allowed me to walk my own path.

Studying at Goldsmiths has given me the ultimate gift; a dream of an amazing future and a second opportunity in life to become the person I want to be."

Alina

"The Creative Computing course gives you freedom to explore your creativity."

"When I came to Goldsmiths for my first year of Creative Computing, I had no clue about how to use programming language or what SQL meant, but now as I am reaching the end of my course, I feel I have opened a whole new dimension of knowledge and skills for myself. I now feel a lot more freedom and confidence in solving any problem I might come across!

Because the areas of technology and especially computing are evolving very fast from year to year, our skills in using computer technology have to evolve together as fast; and this is probably the greatest skill that you grasp on this course. Creative Computing is a great course that not only teaches you how to program, but also gives you freedom to explore your creativity, and it is the main reason why I was eager to chose and study this course in the first place.

I hope in the future I could devote myself to many artistic projects, and use programming skills I've gained at Goldsmiths. One of them, for example, will be a fabric pattern designs created with computer coding."

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