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Creative Computing (Web Technologies)

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

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BSc (Hons) Creative Computing (Web Technologies)
School/s
Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: TT17 or RTFH
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Reimagine the web as a canvas for connected creativity.

  • Learn the essentials of web creativity as part of your Creative Computing course.
  • Deploy industry-standard tools and languages to create engaging and reliable responsive web apps.
  • Explore cutting-edge technologies and design principles that will shape the web of tomorrow.

Creative Computing (Web Technologies) responds to a pressing need in industry for imaginative individuals with a flair for web creativity. You’ll apply key programming, design experience and web development skills in creative contexts, and contribute to exciting projects with emerging tech companies and freelance developers.

As a graduate of Creative Computing (Web Technologies), you’ll be well-versed in web design and development, with a critical, practice-led understanding of emerging web concepts and tools. You’ll hold a unique blend of technical proficiency and creative maturity that will set you apart from typical computer science graduates.


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What you'll learn

Overview

We teach you core skills essential to creative computing and digital creativity more widely, including coding, web app deployment and asset creation. These technical elements are complemented by critical insights into the computing industry from sector specialists.

Web Technologies pathway modules engage the ideation and prototype production process, from front end and server-side scripting to effective documentation and product testing. Here you not only learn the tools and design concepts typical of web development today, but also experiment with the technologies and creative strategies that are poised to transform the web of tomorrow.

Course structure

Year one
Develop core skills. Start your journey through Creative Computing by mastering the basics of computing and digital creativity. You'll learn how to code through modules that uncover the fundamentals of programming and web development. Specific modules on creative problem solving, experience design and coding for the visual arts enrich your understanding of how creativity and technology collide. Weekly workshops introduce essential tools and software for building digital experiences and asset creation. You'll also explore how to create engaging narratives for digital platforms.

Year two
Begin to specialise. Learn the principles of responsive web design and smartphone app development, deploying a range of tools and creative strategies that underpin compelling online experiences. Your web specific learning is accompanied by modules that advance your understanding of programming to include object-oriented techniques, and working with real time data. You'll also experiment with emerging technologies and collaborate with industry partners on live briefs as you further investigate the field of creative computing.

Year three
Kick-start your career. You'll deploy client and server-side scripting languages to create web apps, while exploring how emerging concepts such as machine learning and the Internet of Things can open up new possibilities for web creativity. Modules such as Physical Computing and Creative Incubator help you expand your coding skill set, while introducing strategies for securing funding within the tech sector. One third of your time is spent developing a major digital artefact that serves as the centrepiece of a compelling, industry-focused creative portfolio.

How will I be assessed?

Creative Computing (Web Technologies) is entirely coursework assessed. You deliver a varied and balanced collection of artefacts including prototype software, experiment portfolios, digital interfaces, interactive stories and web apps. Project work is supported by contextual essays, reflective commentaries, sketchbooks, reports, pitches, presentations, debates and b/vlogs.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through practical workshops and project-based learning. These sessions are supported by individual and team tutorials throughout your Creative Computing course. The practical nature of the course offers you the time and freedom to try new ideas, develop new skills and take a deep dive into topics of interest.

A network of visiting speakers and mentors keeps you in touch with the tech and creative sectors, while our technical demonstrators support you in developing new skills.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • CodeLab I
  • Web Development
  • Experience Design
  • Ideation and Creative Problem Solving
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Image, Sound and Code
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • CodeLab II
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Creative Industry Challenge
  • Smartphone Apps
  • The Responsive Web
  • Computer 3D Modelling and Visualisation
  • Games Development
  • Professional Placement Year
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Applied Computing
  • Creative Incubator
  • Cyber Security
  • Web Apps
  • Tomorrow’s Web
  • Web Games
  • Physical Computing

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Opportunities

Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our Creative Computing students have produced work for companies including the IBM Innovation Lab, Aardman, Complete Control, Opposable VR and Boomtown Festival.

Field trips

Past field trips have included creative industry festivals such as the London Games Festival, Now Play This and WASD.

Careers

Recent graduates of Creative Computing are working at Rockstar Games, Codemasters, Complete Control, Dyson, Rocketmakers, Aerian, Network N and more.

The diverse nature of Creative Computing at Bath Spa opens up a wide range of employment opportunities in both the creative and tech sectors. Possible roles include:

  • Creative Technologist
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Digital Animator
  • Digital 3D Design
  • UX Designer
  • Creative Producer
  • Creative Tech Research and Development Associate

You may also decide to pursue further study or train to teach with a PGCE.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a BSc Creative Computing student, you'll have access to our:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. 

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

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Year 1 £4,625
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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
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2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We look for students with a drive to pursue big ideas and a clear willingness to try new things. Successful applicants will be imaginative, organised and have a keen eye for detail. Programming experience is not essential for this course; we teach coding from the ground up.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. Applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account any relevant skills and experience that may not be reflected in your qualifications. The most important consideration is for applicants to have the qualities and potential to succeed in the exciting area of study.

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 28 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages. 

Portfolio guidance

We recommend that you attach a portfolio of creative work to your application. The portfolio should contain two or three examples of your digital projects. These may be small games, web designs, asset models, interactive stories or any other type of artwork or creative artefact.

Course leader: Dr Jake Hobbs
Email: j.hobbs@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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