BSc (Hons) Digital Design (Year 3 entry)

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.

Your career

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.

Year 3

Motion Graphics, Web Design Fundamentals, User Psychology, UI/UX Design, Research Skills and Professional Issues and Integrated Project 3.

Year 4

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,
Course Lecturer

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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Year 3
College HND: Graded unit Bs in one of the following: Graphic Design/Digital Media/Visual Communication/Graphic Design for Print and New Media/Interactive Media/Digital Design and Development/Web Development/Computer Arts and Design

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All applicants will be expected to submit a digital portfolio to gauge creative potential, motivation and suitability for the course. Portfolios may be short-listed to allow for an interview stage from a smaller pool of applications.

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.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

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.

Throughout the programme, we partner with industry experts who deliver guest lectures in areas such as Web Design, UI/UX Design, Digital Design, Motion Graphics and Design Based Social Enterprises. This ensures students cover relevant and current material and are prepared for employment in the digital design sector.
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.
The majority of assessment for this programme is coursework based. Assignments set are practice based design briefs or projects (individual and group based), where students respond to problems set and develop design solutions. These often require written reports/narrative to support the justification of the design decision and to document research that informs design solutions.
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.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

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