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BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development

Change the shape of the web- learn to develop for multiple devices

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Do you have a passion for web design? Want to learn how to make websites more engaging for visitors using the latest design and development techniques? Southampton Solent University’s web design and development programme provides an innovative blend of design and technology to develop your specialist knowledge and meet the needs of industry and consumers. Using the University’s industry-standard facilities, you’ll enhance your creative design skills with the complementary design and code to bring the web to life.

  • Students will learn a blend of graphic and design skills with underlying technical knowledge.
  • To aid learning, students have full access to specialist computer labs containing industry-standard software, and computing and networking equipment.
  • Previous students have benefitted from guest lectures from industry professionals.
  • The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), meaning the course meets the strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • Optional units to focus on a particular area of interest are available in the final year of the programme.
  • Students may work with Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative design agency, to gain hands-on experience.

The industry

Websites are a key element to any business’s brand and promotional activities, and with the continuing rise in usage of mobile technology and other platforms there are many more new and exciting ways to reach users and engage with them on the internet.

Recent graduates of Solent’s web design and development course have found positions web design agencies both locally and nationally, including 3 Men and a Suit, Toolkit Websites, Think Creative and Chittak web application specialists.

The programme

The web design and development programme at Southampton Solent University addresses the rapidly expanding market for professionally-designed web-based applications.

Students will study the aesthetics of web design alongside the underlying programming to address the market’s need for professionally-designed web applications.

The course maintains a strong practical focus, and students are introduced to professional design methodologies, such as prototyping and Agile, during their studies. Students are also taught to visualise interactive interfaces through rapid design prototyping and collaborative design, grounding their study of the web invaluable real-world experience with interactive multimedia and e-commerce services.

To aid learning and help gain practical skills, students enjoy full access to the University’s extensive laboratory facilities, which include specialist computer labs containing industry-standard software, networking and computing systems; and a usability lab, with TechSmith’s Morae usability software and a Tobii eye tracker.

Students are encouraged and supported in finding work placements during holiday periods, and may also be able to get involved with Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house, student run creative agency, working on live briefs for real clients and producing work to add to their portfolio.

Past students have benefitted from a guest lecture programme with regular talks by industry speakers from agencies including Rockit Design and Adido.

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a web designer? With industry-standard facilities and a blend of design with key technology skills, Southampton Solent’s web design and development degree will help you build your portfolio to take the first step in your career in this exciting industry.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry I120

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry I121

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
200 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
80 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Digital Creativity
  • Internet Technology
  • Content Creation Techniques
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Exploring Design
  • Introduction to Professional Practice.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Web Site Design
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Interactive Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Graduate and Professional Development.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Project
  • Web Design for Industry
  • Web Application Development.

Options

  • Animation for the web
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Law and Intellectual Property
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught primarily in small groups in our dedicated IT workspaces, rather than through traditional lectures. Wherever possible, classes involve practical activities to bring the core subject to life and link theory to practice.

The second year continues with a mixture of sessions covering new techniques and extending basic knowledge from year one.

In year three you’ll further develop your skills and technical knowledge, with a major project unit that gives you the opportunity to extend your particular area of interest and produce a significant piece of work that will demonstrate your ability to prospective employers.

Work experience
Students undertaking the work placement variant of the course will find a suitable position between years two and three, with support from the course team.

Assessment
The course is assessed using a combination of group and individual coursework, theoretical and practical assignments, project work, live design briefs, case studies and some formal examinations.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to specialist computer labs with the latest design and development software, including the industry-leading Adobe suite. Our high-tech usability lab, with eye-tracking facilities to assess design development, is also available.

Students will also have access to our new devices lab, a special test area consisting of a range of the latest mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers - allowing you to test websites and apps on real equipment.

Study abroad

Students may be eligible to spend a period of time studying or working in the EU through the Erasmus Mobility programme, depending on certain eligibility criteria.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

Exchange students from our overseas partners have the opportunity to continue their studies at Solent through the Erasmus programme, and are integrated into our year two teaching groups.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information, and during your placement you’ll supplement your local studies with online distance learning

Meet the Team

Course team members come from technical programming and project management backgrounds, with wide-ranging experience of web design and development, software development, digital marketing and business computing.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry I120

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry I121

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Graduates possess a combination of graphical and design skills with the underlying technical knowledge needed to work in the IT industry. They can use tools and techniques to create websites, incorporating interactive content and design.

The skills developed on this course are valued by employers across a wide range of sectors, and students often start their own web design companies, work in design agencies or find roles as e-learning developers in schools, colleges and training companies.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Front-end web designer
  • E-learning developer  
  • User experience consultant/analyst
  • User interface designer.

Links with industry

Throughout the course you’ll have regular input from industry speakers, giving you insight into the latest developments in web technology and professional practice. In the past this has included Rockit Design and Adido.

We also encourage and support students to gain industry experience during the holiday period, or develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry. Our Solent Creatives agency also gives you a chance to gain experience on real-life projects.

Transferable skills

Teamwork, project management, communication, evaluation and problem-solving skills

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to positions with local, regional and national web design agencies, self-employment and teaching. Specific graduate destinations include 3 Men and a Suit, Toolkit Websites, Think Creative and Chittak web application specialists.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Accreditations: This course is accredited by the BCS, the British Computing Society - the Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

200 points (for 2016 entry) or 80 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels at grade D or above in a relevant subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry I120

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard entry I121



 

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