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About the course

Passionate about design? An interest in creating digital platforms that provide an excellent user experience (UX)? This digital design and web development degree blends creative and technical skills, preparing you for an exciting career in digital communications.

The course maintains a strong practical emphasis with a key focus on UX and usability – and you’ll be introduced to professional design and development workflows, user research, gathering requirements, sketching ideas, creating concepts, building prototypes, undertaking user experience (UX) evaluation and finally coding up digital products and applications.

Thanks to the course team’s extensive links with industry, you’ll be supported to gain contacts and work experience opportunities – there is also a chance to attend the regular ‘Happy Hour Digital Industry’ talks where you can gain a fantastic insight in the digital world. Recent speakers have included professionals from LUSH Digital, IBM, Westermo and LittleBigBox. Industrial consulting is also enabled through a final year unit which gets students industry ready to confidently go forward into the workplace.

You will also be guided to promote yourself as a professional practitioner by developing online profiles to showcase your skills and expertise, and will be encouraged to attend local networking events to gain invaluable real-world experience and feedback.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Close links with industry enable you to benefit from a program of regular guest speakers offering vital industry insight

What does this course lead to?

Recent web design graduates have gone onto various roles in the digital and technology industries at organisations including Monzo Bank, Dyson, CleverTouch Marketing, Hinge Agency, Comparethemarket.com, Redweb, Atelier Studios and Core Creative Limited.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Digital Design and Web Development course is ideally suited to students who wish to develop their design and technical skills in digital product design such as websites and applications.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the fees for 2020/21 were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

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

96-112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.  
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further 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 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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Problem Solving Though Programming
    This module will introduce you to software implementation through the process of understanding how to solve problems using programming. 
  • Digital Creativity
    This module focuses on the practical skills needed to produce design components for both hardcopy and digital interactive interfaces. 
  • UX
    On this module you will learn the techniques (Qualitative and Quantitative) and tools to design, plan and develop a user research strategy. 
  • Introduction to Databases
    In this module you are introduced to the skills and concepts required to develop and use relational databases. You will learn how to write programs interacting with databases and how to create them. 
  • Systems Analysis and Design
    In this module, the key components of business information systems are identified and dissected to reveal the essential elements considered in systems analysis.
  • Web Technologies
    On this module you’ll be introduced to common client server-side scripting technologies used in the development of web applications, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

Year two

Core modules
  • UI
    On this module you will learn current workflows for creating prototypes for digital products that solve a design problem by gathering requirements, creating design systems and building prototypes that will be tested and evaluated for usability. 
  • Web Application Development
    This module extends the fundamentals of server-side web development first encountered in ‘Developing for the Internet’ with a look at the technologies necessary to develop the highly-interactive and mobile-compatible web applications in use today.
  • Digital Marketing
    This module will help you learn how to design a digital marketing strategy for small to medium enterprises to reach out more customers and sell more.
  • Research Methods Project
    This module will align you with the forefront of scientific knowledge, and, in doing so, you will hone your research skills.
  • Human Computer Interaction
    On this module you will gain an understanding of the major issues surrounding HCI and solving related design problems. 
  • Interaction Design
    Through this module you will gain knowledge of the underpinning theory and current professional practice in the interaction design discipline.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Project
    Your dissertation may be practical or investigative in nature, but all projects must produce specific artefacts that demonstrate your intellectual and practical skills in the subject area.
  • Industrial Consulting Project
    The module will deliver ‘Real-world’ learning which involves interaction with employers and external organisations to allow you to prepare, rehearse and reflect on your experiences
  • Contemporary Web Applications
    Through this module you will learn how to construct web-applications using a modern industry aligned approach. 

Options

  • Data Science
    On this module you will explore the use of visualisations, data cleaning and pre-processing, data science programming libraries, and prediction amongst others. 
  • Internet of Things
    By the end of the module you will have explored how to evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise information, data and ideas and acquired practical skills in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Immersive Technologies
    On this module you will learn how to design and develop your own prototypes in response to typical immersive scenarios involving virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR).
  • UX Strategies
    The module will cover the interdisciplinary nature of UX and the principles of user-centred design.

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid Course Leader View profile
Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Senior Lecturer View profile
Prins Butt academic profile Prins Butt Senior Lecturer View profile
Mohammed Al-Husban academic profile Mohammed Al-Husban Senior Lecturer View profile
Joe Appleton academic profile Joe Appleton Lecturer View profile
Craig Gallen academic profile Craig Gallen Associate 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

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 including the industry-leading Adobe suite, networking and computing systems; and a usability lab, with TechSmith’s Morae usability software and a Tobii eye tracker. 

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.

Showcase your final year work at an end of year summer showcase – in which industry are invited to attend.

Your future

Graduates will be able to pursue a wide range of career options in digital product design and service design, in areas such as:

  • User Experience (UX)
  • User Interface designers (UI)
  • Digital designer
  • Web developer
  • Digital marketing
  • Interaction design
  • Web design
  • Front-end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Full stack developer
  • Digital product designer

Industry links

The course team run a guest speaker program called ‘Happy Hour Digital Industry Talks’ these sessions are designed to offer an insight into working in the tech and digital industries. Talks are mostly focused on students’ early career, or how to get into the industry.

We also guide and encourage you to get involved in attending local tech meet-up and Hackathons to further hone your skills and knowledge.

Placements

This course has a work placement year option, the course team will support and offer guidance but you will be expected to secure your own placement.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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