Year 3 entry only
BSc Digital Design develops specialist skills in the creation of visuals and graphics for digital solutions such as web and mobile applications or motion graphics.
This programme will prepare you for creative roles in the expanding digital industry. By undertaking studio-based projects, you will realise your design ambitions using industry standard design and prototyping software. Throughout the programme, you will acquire the necessary technology skills and user-centered design thinking to create digital solutions for a variety of media including websites, motion graphics and mobile applications.
You will be introduced to user psychology and learn how to apply techniques and skills in user experience and user interface design to create functional and beautiful digital products. You will also have the opportunity to understand how design can have social impact and learn how to apply your skills to tackle challenging issues facing today's society.
The programme provides opportunities to partner with industry and enterprise on real and/or simulated design briefs ensuring that you experience the culture, pace and demands of industry and are well prepared for employment.
Among the exciting and varied career opportunities for graduates of this course are Graphic Designer, Digital Designer, UX designer, UI designer, UX researcher, Social Media Designer and Motion Graphic Designer.
Motion Graphics, Web Design Fundamentals, User Psychology, UI/UX Design, Research Skills and Professional Issues and Integrated Project 3.
Honours Project, Creative Practice, Design for Change, Industrial Practice and Portfolio.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"This programme produces employable digital designers who can solve complex problems with innovative, visually creative solutions."Diane Joyce,
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
College: HND in Graphic Design/Visual Communication plus successful portfolio submission
Standard entry requirements
College HND: B in graded units in one of the following: HND Graphic Design, HND Digital Media, HND Visual Communication, HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media, HND Interactive Media, HND Digital Design and Development, HND Web Development, HND Computer Arts and Design.
All applicants will be expected to submit a digital portfolio to gauge creative potential, motivation and suitability for the programme. Portfolios may be short-listed to allow for an interview stage from a smaller pool of applications.
Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in the Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS), Creating Conversations Student Lead Conference and the final year showcase, Caledonian Creates.
Most coursework assignments involve undertaking a significant element of independent study and implementing associated practical tasks within a given deadline. Several modules require digital folios of design solutions as evidence for assessment.
Individual and group based presentations are used to assess initial project plans and/or project outcomes using verbal communication with supporting visuals. Unseen Written Examination will be used in some modules.
Written coursework in the form of group and individual reports will be used as methods of assessment in Integrated Project and other modules where appropriate. This prepares students for Honours level study especially the Honours Project where a large proportion of the assessment is in written form.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
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