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The Foundation Degree in Visual Media Arts has been designed to allow students to embrace their creativity while learning industry standard processes relevant to the creation of content for the film and game industries. Course design has been informed by extensive consultation with industry experts to ensure that all our graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of visual media.
The course offers a unique fusion of technical knowledge with core artistic principles with a strong emphasis on the practical skills sought after by industry employers. Modules will provide students with an understanding of core creative concepts, extensive training in the use of industry standard software tools and ultimately the ability to become fluent in the creation of content for video games or films.
Students can choose to specialise in one of two key areas:
The programme offers a range of specialised modules that will empower students to exit the course with a very robust and employable portfolio.
Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here
Download the full programme specification here
School/College leavers must have reached the age of 18 years on admission. All applications will be individually considered. Successful applicants must have normally reached their 18th birthday by 31 August in the year of entry and have studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following*:
due to the highly creative nature of the discipline, students with exceptional portfolios of work that demonstrate competency and natural creativity will also be considered on individual merit.
Individuals with a relevant HNC qualification may be considered for direct entry to Year 2
*In the event of over subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.
Assessment will consist of portfolio-based development projects with a significant emphasis made on practical skills and creating digital assets. Associated documentation and understanding of core visual media practices will also be assessed through written reports, audio visual commentaries, presentations etc., including placement as part of the Work Based Learning module in Year 2
Successful Learners may progress directly into creative careers, or onto the BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Media Arts - (1 year Top-up) (Validated by The Open University) at South West College or to other universities to undertake further studies at Masters degree level or similar. Entry requirements and conditions vary according to each institution.
Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University hereDownload the full programme specification hereTeaching Delivery StatementThe teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners *The fees quoted are payable for each year.
Mode of Study
Hours per Week
Number of Weeks
Total Full Fee £2,700.00
Total Concessionary Fee N/A
Fees Payable Each Year
**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?
Total Full Fee £1,060.00
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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National 540 Diploma in Creative Media Practice (Games)
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design - Photography
BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Media Arts - (1 year Top-up) (Validated by The Open University)