Creative Technologies BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeGW49
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This exciting course is run jointly by the School of Computer Science and the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study computer science but who also wish to explore the new digital technologies used by the creative industries, including: television and radio, film and video, architecture, software and computer games, design, and advertising. Computer science techniques are at the core of many of the application areas in these industries. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the technical skills required to make you a sought after professional in this field. You will also benefit from teaching that relates to the research interests of the academic staff, who have a worldwide reputation in computer graphics and visualisation research.

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Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor was the first UK University to offer a Creative Technologies BSc.
  • Bangor has state-of-the-art display technologies, multi-camera TV studio, professionally equipped Radio studio, digital Avid and Matrox digital editing suites, digital cinema and virtual environments.
  • This course is strengthened by Bangor’s close links with the computer industry, including Parc Menai business park, where many tech companies have offices. 
  • Staff are practising professionals, who work on joint projects and act as consultants to industry.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.
  • The School has recently installed a large networking laboratory. This facility is designed to provide students with the opportunity to design and administer networks and to support the delivery of computer architecture modules.
  • This degree is validated by the British Computer Society which is the Chartered Institute for IT.

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Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend about 12 hours in lectures and 8 in laboratories each week. You will also have tutorials in some modules and have to work on software design and complete various problem-solving assignments. You will have an opportunity to undertake major projects in both year 2 and year 3 which will allow you to develop your creative design and technical skills as well as apply the theoretical principles you have learned. You are encouraged to use Internet and library-based learning resources to supplement your studies.

Modules are assessed by examinations, continuous assessment or a combination of both. The continuous assessment can include some supervised practical element or independent study, followed by report writing. Your module results and individual project marks contribute to your degree final grade.

What will you study on this course?

The course is designed so that you study two-thirds core computer science modules, and one-third creative industries modules.

Year 1

  • Essentials of Media Production
  • HCI and Computer Graphics
  • Imperative Programming in C
  • Introduction to Intelligent Systems
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Mathematics for Software
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Creative Architecture
  • Web Technologies

Year 2

  • Advanced Java
  • AI for Games
  • Computer Graphics 2 – Algorithms
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Game Design
  • Media Practice Factual
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Software Hut
  • Graphics and Web Design

Year 3

  • Animation and Graphics
  • Business Processing Re-engineering
  • Computer Graphics 3 – Rendering
  • Computer Vision
  • Individual Project – Computing
  • Transmedia Story Telling
  • New Technologies

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Creative Technologies Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

The exciting combination of computer technologies and media expertise will mean graduates will be strongly placed for careers in the Creative Industries. This degree marries technological knowledge with practical application exploration, equipping students for the future with a solid understanding of how computers can be harnessed to further the potential of the creative sectors.

I took part in Enterprise by Design last year. You get teamed up in groups where everyone brings their own unique skill to the table. You get given a brief from the real world and asked to come up with a solution in your team.

Andrew Leavers
Computer Science

Employability and the School of Computer Science

Graduates from Computer Science are valuable to all kinds of industrial and public-sector employers. The combination of advanced numeracy, skill with computers and experience in teamwork and problem solving makes our graduates highly employable.

Recent graduate employment case studies

KCA Deutag and Simulity Labs.

Graduates in Computer Science

Graduates in Computer Science will have career opportunities anywhere that computers are used by businesses and the public-sector. From working as application developers to managing the IT and communications services for companies, to computer games, there are plenty of opportunities. In addition to the main stream careers for our graduates, their mathematical modelling ability combined with problem-solving and project management skills makes them attractive to a much wider range of employers.

Graduates in Computer Systems

Graduates in Computer Systems with Business Studies and allied courses are well-placed to work in modern businesses, where their skills can be put to use in the growing e-commerce arena.

Many of our graduates go on to further study: taught postgraduate courses such as the MSc degree, or research degrees such as the MPhil or PhD. Wherever there is a need for people who can use their knowledge of science and engineering to solve problems, our graduates will be ready to make a valuable contribution.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 120-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification (these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com). 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 120-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification (these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com). 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Please contact:

Admissions Tutor
School of Computer Science
Tel: 01248 382686
E-mail: cs.admissions@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/cs
www.bangor.ac.uk/media

Studying within the School of Computer Science

  • We offer a young and vibrant environment in which to study.
  • We have a low staff student ratio enabling staff to give each student individual attention in order that they achieve the highest academic standard.
  • Our research specialties include computer graphics, visualization, knowledge discovery, and communications. Expertise from these areas are incorporated into our teaching activities, giving students direct access to the latest Computer Science research.
  • We use of the state of the art computing laboratories, networked computers and industry standard software in all courses.
  • We place a strong emphasis on vocational aspects of their subjects including oral and written presentations, communication skills and an appreciation of business practices.
  • We have sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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