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Digital Arts

BA (Hons) Digital Arts

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

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

Who is it for?

Are you a talented creative seeking to develop professional skills to work in the creative and digital sectors? These sectors have been identified as growing 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 learn new design technologies like mobile app and computer game 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 work and the work of others, constructively and productively. 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 concludes with your undergraduate major project that will enable you to showcase your talents and exhibit your work to the public and sector 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 digital work in the form of a website to show to prospective employers, and you will have multiple opportunities on the course to develop your network of professional contacts.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities; a typical class size is under 20 students.

This qualification is awarded by The Open University and delivered by University Centre Peterborough.

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What is covered?

YEAR 1- Level 4

  • Digital Asset Development (30 credits)
  • Photography (15 credits)
  • Digital Animation (15 credits)
  • Critical Theory in Art and Media (15 credits)
  • Graphic Design (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Creative Industries (15 credits)
  • Web Design and Authoring (15 credits) 

YEAR 2 - Level 5

  • Computer Game Design (30 credits)
  • Critical Practices in Art and Media (15 credits)
  • App Design (15 credits)
  • Integrated Advertising (30 credits )
  • Professional Practice and Development (30 credits - with 120 hour Work Placement)

YEAR 3- Level 6

  • Undergraduate Major Project (60 credits)
  • Developing Ethical and Professional Skills (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

72 UCAS Points and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 will be £8,250 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. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

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

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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