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About the course

If you’re looking to study a computer games or digital arts degree, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress onto one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees.

You’ll cover key subject areas such as game art, game design, animation, CGI, VFX and code, and work on exciting practical projects designed to help you learn key digital design skills. You’ll also be supported to develop key transferable skills in preparation for your degree level studies.

To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs and high-end dual computers equipped with industry software such as 3ds Max, Maya, Substance, Photoshop, Unreal Editor and Unity.

You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Learn from staff who are experts in their field and who have vast industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter onto one of our related degree programmes. This can lead to a career in the multi-billion pound games industry in areas such as video game studios and art production, to film and animation studios.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,000 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points

  • from A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • An `optional’ online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For more information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Digital Art Design
    What you learn on this module will help you further decide what course you want to study, or what creative industry you would like to work within.
  • Digital Art Industries
    The aim of this module is to enable you to gain a better and broader insight and understanding of each of the digital art industries whose practical skills we cover on Digital Art Design.
  • Digital Art Projects
    You will learn how to apply the practical skills and knowledge you have acquired to a number of practical design pieces of work that you independently create and take full responsibility for.
  • Digital Art Discovery
    This unit will focus upon independent investigation and exploration, with feedback and support from your tutor. You will independently learn about the discipline you wish to work within, specifically the jobs roles, key skills and responsibilities within that discipline.
  • Digital Art Final Project
    This module is your opportunity to further explore and develop the practical skills you have identified as important within your preferred discipline through the exploration and discovery you have undertaken within the Digital Art Discovery module.
  • Digital Art Portfolio
    You will learn how to present your work to a professional standard and how to construct and create both a development blog and portfolio of work that are relevant to the digital art or skill you want to work within.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Neil Brewis academic profile Neil Brewis Senior Lecturer View profile
Konstantinos Ntokos academic profile Konstantinos Ntokos Senior Lecturer View profile
Philip Alassad academic profile Philip Alassad Lecturer View profile
Mark Bennett academic profile Mark Bennett Lecturer View profile
Dr Ramy Hammady academic profile Ramy Hammady Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have full access to our industry-standard facilities, such as specialist labs, high-end dual screen computers equipped with software such as Autodesk, Adobe and Pixologic, and graphics tablets. Students also have access to a motion capture studio and lounge equipped with consoles and a life drawing studio.

Additional computers with appropriate software are also available in the Mountbatten library.

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

Your future

Graduates will have a strong understanding of what skills and attributes make for a strong undergraduate student, and will also have furthered and deepened their knowledge and understanding of the digital arts, both in specific reference to their own practice and also from a broader perspective.

Successful completion of this course will give you direct access on to any of the following undergraduate courses:

Industry links

Solent’s computer games and digital arts courses are developed in conjunction with an industry panel that steers the teaching and research within the course portfolio, this ensures the course meets industry and academic requirements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day