FdA Digital Arts

This industry driven two-year course provides a quick route into the digital and creative industries. The course is aimed at students with creative talents seeking to develop professional-standard skills to work in the creative and digital sectors. The digital and creative sectors have been identified as growing sectors both regionally and nationally. We will provide you with the skills and support to launch your career as a creative practitioner in one of the many occupations available in the creative and digital industries.

On the course you will be introduced to the basic principles of graphic design, animation and photography as well as learning new design technologies like mobile app and computer games design. You will learn about the central debates and discourses that inform contemporary digital art and design and understand the industry in which you will work. You will learn to critically appraise your own work and the work of others, in a constructive and productive way.

You will have the opportunity to do a 120 hour / three week work placement with a design agency or media organisation or work on an industry commission. You will learn to work creatively and problem solve in a group in ‘live’ projects and real-world briefs. The course culminates with modules that will enable you to showcase your talents and get feedback for your ideas from industry professionals.

Throughout the course you will be supported in developing your professional profile and your entrepreneurial skills to ensure a smooth transition to professional employment. All students completing the course will have a portfolio of work (physical and digital) to show to prospective employers and you will have multiple opportunities on the course to develop your network of professional contacts.

All students on the Digital Arts course will receive an individual license to the Adobe Creative Cloud for no additional charge.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2020, please contact the admissions team for our current entry requirements as these may be lower during the Clearing period. Click here for more information about Clearing.

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

48 UCAS points:

  • A-levels (DD)
  • BTEC (PPP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (PPP)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

Students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

A portfolio and interview may be required before an offer can be made.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator. The tariff points for qualifications can be added together. We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Advanced Highers and Level 3 Apprenticeships.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Graphic Design (30 credits)
  • Photography (15 credits)
  • Critical Theory in Art and Media (15 credits)
  • Digital Animation (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Creative Industries (15 credits)
  • Digital Asset Development (15 credits)
  • Web Design and Authoring (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Critical Practices of Art and Design (15 credits)
  • Computer Games Design (30 credits)
  • App Design (15 credits)
  • Integrated Advertising (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice and Development (30 credits) - with 120 hour work placement

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 0%     Lectures
  • 0%     Seminars
  • 0%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 0%     Lectures
  • 0%     Seminars
  • 0%     Workshops

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 90%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 85%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
  • 5%       Placement

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation award. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5. The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:

70%+         Distinction
60-69%     Merit
40-59%     Pass
0-39%       Fail

In your final year as part of the Professional Practice and Development module, you will undertake a 120 hour (three week) work placement with a design agency or media organisation and/or work on an industry commission.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. This may also provide time for you to undertake private and freelance work alongside your studies. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Games Designer
  • App Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Animator
  • Creative Director

I am the Course Leader for the FdA Digital Arts degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I studied a BSc (Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University in Design and Technology and during my course I specialised in Graphic Design and Control Systems.

After graduating I taught both graphics and control systems in local schools and for Her Majesty's Prison Service before for joining University Centre Peterborough in 2016.

During the development of the FdA Digital Arts, I have lectured on the BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems and BA (Hons) Media Production degree programmes at University Centre Peterborough, including modules on:

  • Digital Asset Development 
  • Digital Media Practice and Creative Computing 
  • Maths for Computing
  • Multiple Computer Networking Modules from Level 4-6 
  • Undergraduate Major Project

I have a keen interest in graphic design but also emerging technology and how a creative mind mixed with technical knowhow can push the boundaries on how we view, and interact with the world around us.

Following this interest, I am currently studying a MSc Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire, which is focusing on the design and development of E-learning platforms.  This training not only benefits students at University Centre Peterborough but I will also be working alongside the National STEM centre creating and delivering CPD to teachers in STEM subject.

Having worked in education locally my whole career I have seen many students achieve their ambition and move into their chosen career, including seeing a student graduate from University Centre Peterborough having first taught them as a year 7 student during my first year as a teacher. I am now using this experience and contacts with in the local area in shape the FdA Digital Arts into a degree valued by employers.

You will also see me outside of lectures, around campus participating in a societies and joining events, and shaping the future of University Centre Peterborough as part of the Higher Education Academic Board.


  • MSc Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire (currently studying)
  • BSc (Hons) Design and Technology, Sheffield Hallam University

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2020, please contact the admissions team for more information about applying during the Clearing period. Click here for more information about Clearing.

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2021, you can now apply through UCAS.

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to admissions@ucp.ac.uk, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

When to apply

We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2020.


  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2020.
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.


  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from 25th February to 5th July 2020.
  • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.


  • From 6th July 2020 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. Click here for more information about Clearing.
  • This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
  • If you have applied and been accepted at another university and want to change the course to study, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
  • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support

Types of offer

When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

  • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
  • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
  • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

Applicant days

  • We will be holding Applicant Days for new students in March 2020.
  • These are open to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer and give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions.
  • If you are still deciding on where to study then these days can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

Full-time 2 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 3 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2020 or September 2021

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2020/21 including our complaints policy.

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