Looking to top up your degree with skills in the digital arts? Our course allows you to specialise in one of a wide range of areas whilst working on a major project throughout the year. You will explore and develop your skills in a manner that prepares you for a career in the industry, working within a friendly and supporting environment that will help you make the most of your techniques.
Our course is perfect for those interested in web design, 3D modelling, 2D/3D animation, concept art, digital art, design, motion graphics, digital video and interactive installations. With many of our graduates going on to work with industry leaders, including Pixar, Rockstar North, Ubisoft and the Mill, you can be confident that the knowledge and skills you learn can lead to great things for your career.
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
Our top-up course enables you to focus on an area of study and produce a project of your choice over the course of the year. You will be supported by a core adviser who meets with you regularly to discuss your key area of study.
This project is only one of the core modules covered. Other core modules allow for study in other fields such as visualisation, theory and personal development, all backed up with technical support and tuition. Through collaboration with other students on the course, or from other departments in media, performance or music, you will gain valuable teamwork skills to help advance your career in the industry.
Students can specialise in any of the following areas of study: 3D Modelling; Advanced Web Design; Animation; Digital Video; Games Level Design; Immersive Installations; Interactive Multimedia Design; Motion Graphics; Lighting and Texturing; Rigging; Visual Effects; or Web Based Media.
Note: Your choice of options will be defined by your previous qualifications or experience.
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND.
Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.
Making your application
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September 2015 and January 2016; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact email@example.com for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies in the video game and animation fields. Peter Roe now works for Pixar and is currently working on The Bear. Ian Wharton is a creative partner in Zolmo who developed the Jamie Oliver Cooking Application for the iPhone. Michael Malinowski works for Lionhead Studios and Uisdean Ross is at TT Games.
We are proud to have graduates that have won major awards in the industry, including eight regional and national Royal Television Society Awards. Some were part of the teams that made video games including Fable III, Killzone 2, and Crackdown 2.
Resources and facilities
We provide access to the latest industry software and hardware, including 3ds Max, Maya, XSI and Zbrush, that will offer you a technical advantage when entering the industry.
We have three computer labs available to work from, which are all equipped with the relevant hardware to produce high quality work in a timely manner. We also provide access to other dedicated resources including Waccom Tablets, Nikon D80s, HD Video cameras and all current major video game consoles.