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BA (Hons) Digital Media

UCAS Code W2N9 Part-time study available

Plan for your future with a Digital Media degree delivered jointly by the University of Stirling and Forth Valley College. Our career-focused media courses rank among the best in the UK.

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Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date August
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

As the speed of change in the media continues to accelerate, the demand for graduates able to embrace new technologies and innovative methods of content delivery is also growing. The University of Stirling’s Digital Media course meets this demand head on, and is shaped by the same expert teaching and research that has made our media courses among the best in the UK. Our Digital Media course is a fully integrated degree taught in conjunction with Forth Valley College, and you'll spend the first two years studying at the college and the final two studying at the University of Stirling campus. 

The course will provide you with practical training in the tools, applications and possibilities of the digital environment – from the creation of journalistic and multimedia content to its effective use across television, film, online channels, radio and beyond. The overarching aim of the course is to make sure you’re work-ready and equipped with a broad range of mass media skills.

Every business, organisation and media outlet relies on digital communications to get their message out there. With the skills to produce creative digital content that helps them stand out in a saturated market, you’ll be opening the door to a world of exciting opportunities.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    BBB

    GCE A-levels
    BB

    IB Diploma
    28

    BTEC (Level 3)
    MMM

    Essential subjects

    English required. 

  • Other qualifications

    Access Courses

    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    Please note that students will be selected for this course following an interview process.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

The first two years of this Honours degree course will be delivered by Forth Valley College at their Stirling campus, and you’ll be based at the University of Stirling campus in Years 3 and 4

Throughout your course, you’ll develop specialist skills and knowledge across areas such as TV and radio production, desktop publishing, scripting, writing for the media and web design.

Year 1 (Taught at Forth Valley College)

Core units in:

Complex Oral presentation
Correcting Creative text
The Media: Features and Trends
Research Skills
Writing for the Media
Law and the Media
Creative Industries

+ option units in:

Web Design
Analysing and Producing Radio
Video Production
Photography
Media Analysis
Desktop Publishing and Layout
Critical Analysis of Text

Year 2 (Taught at Forth Valley College)

Core units in:

Creative Industries: Advanced
Communication: Promoting and Pitching
Interpersonal and Group work Skills
Interviewing Skills
Advanced Writing for the Media

+ option units in:

Radio Production 2
Video Production 2
Scripting and Presenting
Creative Industries Enterprise Activity
Radio Music Programme Production
Creative Writing for Vocational Purposes
Law and the Communication Industries

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is delivered in a variety of formats, including lectures and small group sessions designed to help you develop key communication skills and benefit from close collaboration with teaching staff. The course combines the applied technological and media-oriented skills of Forth Valley’s HND programme with research-led subject specialism and digital expertise of the University.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed based on a combination of exams, essay writing, workshop reports and other methods - such as a final-year digital project. Typically, modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the weighting varying depending on the nature of the material taught and the module outcomes specified. Your degree classification will be based on work done in Year 3 and Year 4.

  • Contact

    Fiona Milligan-Rennie, Curriculum Manager Forth Valley College

    +44 (0) 845 634 44 44
    fiona.milliganrennie@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Digital Media degree?

We’re rated among the best universities in the UK for media, and many of our graduates have established successful careers in film, media and journalism. These include working in television and radio industries as journalists, scriptwriters, directors, administrators and technicians.
 
Some have made careers in the press and publishing or in the arts and cultural industries. Others are working in advertising, public relations,market research, community media and new media.

Digital media courses vary in scope and content, but our programme is designed to make sure you graduate as a well-rounded, highly skilled and digitally literate individual able to work effectively across a range of media platforms. You’ll not only have the practical skills to create stand-out digital content, but you’ll also understand the ethical, legal and theoretical dimensions of the industry – making you a valuable asset to any organisation that relies on the power and reach of digital media.

  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • You’ll be ready to hit the ground running and put your practical training to work as soon as you graduate.
  • Open the door to a world of opportunities – digital media skills have never been more in demand.
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Communication and interviewing
    • Research
    • Interpersonal and group skills
    • Analytical thinking
    • Production for web, film, TV, radio and more
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