UCAS code: G611 FdSc/WebD
Web design gives you an excellent foundation for a career in the web and multimedia industries.
The course includes:
In particular the foundation degree emphasises the industry and professional skills within the web design industry. You undertake a work-related learning project with the support of our industry contacts and partners. The FdSc Web Design offers the potential to transfer to the final year of the BA (Hons) Web and Multimedia on completion.
In Year 1 you develop skills in a number of core areas which enable you to build on these skills in Year 2 with the potential to transfer to the final year of the BA (Hons) Web and Multimedia Design at the end of the second year. There are no option modules on this programme.
You study design and development principles and theory to enable the production of interactive multimedia applications such as 2D animations, flash games and AIR apps for both targeted and multi-platform deployment.
The assessment requires you to design and develop a number of different artefacts including apps, animation and games with appropriate documentation. At identified milestones in the module delivery, presentations of artefacts facilitate formative feedback and peer critiques, which nform further design changes and reflective practice.
Multiplatform UX Design
You are introduced to digital music, sound effects, dialogue and video and develop the necessary techniques involved in their creation and manipulation. You look at the peripherals required to capture and create audio and video and the software needed to effect the capture and manipulate them. You become familiar with popular commercial software and use the software to create your own soundtracks, sound effects and video.
File types and sizes for audio and video are also be covered, together with compression techniques and a discussion of the size/quality trade-off. Emphasis is given to the practical aspects of capturing, editing, manipulating and embedding of audio and video.
You learn how to develop websites utilising HTML5 and CSS3. You are introduced to a web development life cycle, showing how web-based analysis and design techniques can be used early in the life cycle and how project management and quality assurance/quality control techniques can be applied throughout the web cycle. You look at a website development package and testing, including the concepts of usability and accessibility.
The focus of the module is developing key skills required for other modules on the programme. Emphasis is placed on reaching a minimum level of competency and this is achieved through continuous assessment and feedback within the practical sessions. You undertake tutorial activities that enable you to produce responsive multiplatform websites. Assessment is continuous and involves the production of a portfolio of work via worksheets. It also includes some group work at the end of the module for evaluation and testing purposes.
You focus on the development of work related professional skills which you develop within the framework of producing a web-based solution to meet a particular work based requirement.
You individually work through a web development lifecycle developing a web solution to meet a work-based scenario and subsequently work in a team to critique and evaluate each other’s work.
You gain key skills needed for studying at University level and are prepared for studying web and multimedia design and development. You develop your research, communication, technical and team working skills alongside the other modules that are studied in the first year as well as through studying the context of and future developments in web and multimedia design and development. This module integrates with the other first year modules and delivers ‘just-in-time’ support for tasks set in other modules (e.g. presentation skills prior to delivering a presentation on another module).
You develop key skills in the design and implementation of web applications that consume and create content on a web server. You build on your existing skill set in terms of markup and CSS by combining these with an embedded serverside language on an open source platform. You learn how to write PHP to interact with a MYSQL database. In addition, this provides an opportunity to be at the forefront of developments, especially using cloud based API’s AJAX and JQuery. The module adapts to new trends in terms of internet technology.
You look at the principal discipline of the creative process and design strategies such as typography, branding, grids and go on to explore their use in the creative output of individual influential artists and designers who have and are still working in areas such as filmmaking, video, graphics, advertising, photography music and sound multimedia and web design.
It help you pursue your own design strategies and to develop your own style within a conceptual framework. For example composition, graphic design (traditional, hand-drawn and digital), uses of colour culturally and trends, found objects and sounds and text and the discipline of photography are all considered from a more abstract perspective.
The focus is developing a style through techniques primarily through exposure to the creative process of artists and artisans and the exploration of professional techniques. You are encouraged to engage critically with existing work, selecting elements as appropriate to your own overall design concept.
You gain valuable real world experience in defined projects for external clients from different industry sectors. The real-world projects provide a safe environment for you to develop your independent learning and decision making skills under the guidance of your client and tutor.
The three first weeks of the module focus on preparing you for their project before you meet your clients. Sessions for guidance, feedback problem solving and peer review are planned throughout the project length. You are assessed through a portfolio of work including a critical commentary of the overall project, its process and learning.
In the current computing age users expect to access their information and social applications on a variety of platforms and devices. You investigate the platforms available and different methods of developing for these platforms.
Using industry standard software and applications, you explore the design and development of native, hybrid, desktop and web based apps and games. It extends your skills using a variety of different design and development tools. The user experience is key to all development and design decisions. You have an opportunity to build a number of apps for a range of devices.
You gain a theoretical and practical perspective of designing and developing content rich websites using an open source development platform such as Wordpress. You start with design and development using a cloud-based host, before moving on to self hosting and manipulation of the back-end structure of open source content management systems. You gain an understanding of the wide range of open source content management systems, benefit from engaging with the online community and learn how to develop custom applications and distinct interfaces.
Modules offered may vary.
To support your learning we have a dedicated team of highly experienced tutors who have worked in the industry. Some of our tutors continue to work on enterprise projects part-time and feedback what they have learned into the curriculum. In addition, you continually engage with live clients to provide industry relevant solutions, in particular with the course culminating in a large work related project. Throughout the course students you produce a range of web and multiplatform applications contributing to their own professional portfolios.
Our e-learning environment brings together all your learning resources, allowing you to pick up lectures and learning activities on and off campus. You can also access feedback on your work and discuss tasks with fellow students on your course. Course announcements and assessments are all accessible and can be submitted online.
An important part of a foundation degree is the opportunity to gain relevant industry experience. One of the key features of this industry is the need for job applications to be supported with a portfolio of credible and relevant work. Our learning and teaching approach and assessment strategy acknowledges this need, and throughout the course students are challenged with case studies that are directly related to the topical needs of the job market. A range of different assessment types are used, but the problems you solve, the tools you will use, the methods employed are the ones you will use in the work place.
This course will lead to a wide range of opportunities across the web and digital media industry, and within any business that hosts its own web and multimedia team. Web and multimedia teams include digital media designers and developers who can visualise and construct the ideas and concepts. There are clear opportunities for those who can bring to life these ideas though authoring and scripting either within a bespoke development or by adapting existing content managed systems across a spectrum of platforms, mobile, tablet and desktop. You will be able to target specific job roles in areas such as e-learning, e-commerce, multimedia development, interactive content creation or web application development.
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A typical offer is 200 tariff points. You are expected to come for an interview.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section