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About the course

Want to develop your artistic talent and sharpen your technical skills within the digital world? Solent’s digital arts top-up degree is perfectly suited to students who want to upgrade existing HND-level or equivalent qualifications into a full honours degree.

Building upon classical art training, creative problem solving and ideas generation, this one-year course will help you develop a set of core skills that underpin a specialisation of your choice.

You’ll get to work in a variety of media, experiencing both 2D and 3D tools. This will help you produce products to industry formats and standards. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop production skills that diversify your portfolio and broaden your career prospects. This is achieved by choosing specialised optional units. These are then combined with the core project units to help turn you into a multi-skilled, well rounded and highly creative graduate who can quickly adapt to the creative workplace.

Dedicated studio spaces and exposure to a high-end suite of industry tools, software and techniques - together with tutoring from industry experienced staff - will help you identify and hone your skills. You’ll also be supported in developing your game production, business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as working with coders and artists in the Video Games Academy.

The course team has a continued commitment to industry engagement, sourcing real world briefs and clients to help students graduate with not only a solid theoretical understanding of the field, but also with practical, tested and industry relevant experience. This will help build a creative and professional edge over your peers, as well as a solid portfolio of diverse works to aid in securing employment.

Specialist facilities Further studies Top-up degree

Tuition is structured to offer flexible learning experiences in partnership with Solent’s computer games and digital arts programme group.

What does this course lead to?

This top-up degree will help students build the core skills to prepare for a variety of careers in VFX, animation, games and other areas within digital media.

Who is this course for?

This top-up degree is ideal for students who have studied at HND level and who wish to turn this qualification or relevant experience into a full-honours degree in just one year. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Optional costs:

Optional visits to exhibitions, etc. Paid for directly by students.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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.
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Key entry requirements

  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent average), or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree. 

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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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 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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Major Project
  • Core Skills

Options

  • Advanced 3D
  • Freelance Animation
  • Concept Art
  • Character Animation
  • Digital Character
  • Pre-Production
  • Advanced Drawing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

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

Adriaan Pottas academic profile Adriaan Pottas Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Barton academic profile Adam Barton Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Comiskey academic profile Adam Comiskey Senior 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 are taught in 3D labs or animation studios, where appropriate. These studios are fully equipped with professional digital arts software and equipment, including Autodesk suite (Maya, Mudbox, etc), Adobe Creative suite (Photoshop, After Effects, etc), Z Brush and many more.

Students can top-up their existing qualifications to a full honours degree in one year.

Your future

Although this top-up aims to give students a taste in a wide spectrum of digital art, there is vocational emphasis with core units such as the major project. You will be required to analyse your skill set against the requirements of your chosen career and then focus on addressing identified gaps:

Possible career directions include:

  • Video games artist
  • Roto artist
  • Animator
  • Motion graphics artist
  • 3D designer
  • Architectural visualiser
  • Digital sculptor
  • CGI illustrator

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.

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