Multimedia plays a large role in our everyday lives, and using a kiosk in a museum or downloading music onto our mobile phone are the types of activity we all take for granted. This course offers you the opportunity to design, develop and produce multimedia content for a range of devices. It offers two pathways: Interactive Design allows you to focus on the design of multimedia products, while Multimedia Systems focuses on content development. Students in both pathways are exposed to all areas of the subject, but the pathways cater for the natural divide in the industry. Experts from the multimedia industry give regular talks and run presentations throughout the course.
The course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to develop your career in a range of roles, including multimedia authoring specialist, website developer, interface designer, project/production manager, and multimedia database manager.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
You are given a broad introduction to computing as well as immediate exposure to the tools and software commonly used in the multimedia industry. The emphasis is on giving you a wide range of skills in interactive product design, content production, hardware and software components of computer systems, and programming, so that you can make informed choices about the direction you want to take in a subject that covers so many different areas.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
In Year 2 you develop your skills in industry-standard multimedia tools, such as those by Adobe and Sony. You learn about the needs of industry and how multimedia projects are managed and organised, and examine the principles of interactive product design, web development and scripting technologies. You can also focus more on interactive design, or concentrate on the programming within multimedia. You can choose between options in animation techniques, audio production, and multimedia development tools such as Flash, advanced multimedia programming with Java, 3D computer graphics and modelling and digital visual effects.
Sandwich placement year
Between Year 2 and Year 3 you can choose to take a year out and work in the multimedia industry. This offers you an ideal chance to put into practice the skills you have learnt. It also gives you the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the needs of the industry, and the experience gained from a placement often improves your career prospects following graduation.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
You complete a project of your own choice. This is a real chance for you to develop your knowledge in an area you are interested in. You also have the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques in a variety of areas including design processes, digital video production, interface design for mobile devices, sound and music production, and virtual reality environments.
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