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FdA Creative & Digital Industries

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Course Details

Sub Title FdA Creative & Digital Industries specialises in getting you a job as a designer, developer or digital marketer. It is the new name for FdA Web Design – a programme with four consecutive years of 100% employability [DLHE Survey].
Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body University of Hull (Subject to validation)
Offering Code HFL5WEB1F000 HFL5WEB2F000
UCAS Code W290
Programme Design and Overview The programme takes the best parts of FdA Web Design and adds a range of new modules which aim to give you a broader overview of the Creative & Digital Industries, before targeting a specific job role, be that creative, technical or business-related. We have unparalleled links with industry – with alumni now working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – and who continually inform the currency of programme content. These graduates are now web designers, graphic designers, front-end developers, full-stack developers, software engineers, SEO specialists, digital marketers, small business owners and more – the list is extensive. You will study in the University Centre's new £7M Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre, with purpose-built facilities and equipment for the Creative & Digital Industries, learning a range of commercially-relevant skills. The programme culminates with you planning and operating our Digital Agency for the final semester of the programme, gaining valuable commercial experience – essential for helping you get a job – by working on a range of live projects for local individuals, businesses and charities. Creative & Digital is the fastest growing industry sector in the UK, creating twice as many jobs as any other, and now employs 1.64 million people [Tech Nation, 2017]. The future is even brighter in West Yorkshire, with 15,000 new jobs anticipated in Creative & Digital alone over the next few years. One of those could be you.
Indicative Content You will study a combination of core and optional modules, most which are worth 20 credits, and which will allow you to accumulate 120 credits at each level of the course. Year 1 [Level 4] Design Principles [Core] [20 Credits] Front-End Development [Core] [20 Credits] Digital Marketing [Core] [20 Credits] Study Skills [Core] [20 Credits] Digital Imaging [Core] [20 Credits] Integrated Digital Product [Core] [20 Credits] Year 2 [Level 5] Branding [Optional] [20 Credits] Design for Print [Optional] [20 Credits] Back-End Development [Optional] [20 Credits] Content Management Systems [Optional] [20 Credits] Inbound Marketing [Optional] [20 Credits] Outbound Marketing [Optional] [20 Credits] Research Skills [Core] [20 Credits] Creative & Digital as a Business [Core] [20 Credits] Digital Agency [Core] [40 Credits] In some cases, if we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, it may not be offered.
Delivery Methods FdA Creative & Digital Industries uses a variety of teaching methods: lectures to deliver underpinning theoretical concepts; workshops and software demonstrations to develop creative, technical and marketing skills; and visiting speakers, many of whom are alumni of the programme, to add currency and work-relatedness. Each student group is split into smaller tutorial / seminar groups which are used to monitor work progress; to develop critical thinking skills – critiques are often woven into these sessions – and to encourage the development of reflective practitioner skills. When not at the University Centre you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve undertaking research; making progress with practical projects, both individually and in groups; and preparing your work for submission. Self-study is supported by a range of facilities including the library and use of ‘Basecamp’ project management software.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Assessment aims to reflect the vocational realities of the Creative & Digital Industries. Many modules are assessed as practical projects that are designed to develop your creative, technical and marketing skills. For example, you might be required to design and build a website, create a brand, or digitally market a product. Your progress is monitored in a variety of ways: daily, through your workshop activities; in weekly seminar sessions; and in a once-per-module ‘formative’ feedback tutorial which has a developmental function. Work is then fully assessed at the end of each semester, when you will receive a grade with formal written feedback.
Entry Requirements

College or Sixth Form Applicants: Under normal circumstances you should: have a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points in related studies; have an English qualification at GCSE Grade C and above or equivalent; complete the application process diligently, including using the personal statement, references and interview as instructed below*; and participate in a successful portfolio demonstration as instructed below†.

Non-Traditional Applicants: Non-traditional applicants wishing to apply will be considered. For example, you may be seeking a career change or are an industry professional wanting to formalise your skills and experience with a qualification. You should have an English qualification at GCSE Grade C and above or equivalent and complete the application process diligently, including using the personal statement and interview as instructed below*. Previous study at NQF Level 3 would be an advantage, as would participation in a successful portfolio demonstration as instructed below†. However, other qualifications or appropriate work experience could be considered as an alternative.

Accreditation of Prior Learning: Applicants wishing to apply with APL will be considered. The College’s APL Code of Practice enables students with academic qualifications and those with experiential, work-based qualifications to apply for programmes of study by producing a portfolio of evidence. The CoP with guidance is fully available on the College website.

Personal Statement & Interview*: You should use the personal statement, references and interview process to illustrate: your interest in, and aptitude for, the subject material; your motivation to succeed on the programme; the strength of your general IT knowledge and communication skills; and how the programme fits into your career plans.

Portfolio Demonstration†: A portfolio is a curated sample of your own Creative & Digital work and can either be paper-based or digital e.g. a website. You will be invited to demonstrate your portfolio during the interview and to discuss its contents. Ideally it will contain web design or development work, but could also include graphic design, media or traditional art work. The process will be used to assess your aptitude for the creative and technical demands of the programme. Samples of your own essays, reports and / or evaluations are also desirable to assess your academic abilities. If you don’t have a portfolio of work, a Creative & Digital project can be set to help you. In occasional circumstances, additional attendance at a summer school may also be required.

Presentations: You should note that the programme uses verbal presentations as the basis for some assessments.

Attendance Expectations 14 hours over two consecutive days per week.he timetable has been designed to minimise your travelling; maximise your time whilst at the University Centre; and to recreate a professional, studio-like environment.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2018/19

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year

Full-Time All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Part-time Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only. Arrangements apply to 2016 entry.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Career Opportunities Our graduates embark on a wide range of careers in the Creative & Digital Industries including: web designer, web developer, front-end developer, graphic designer, digital marketer or software developer. Some also go on to set up their own Creative & Digital businesses.
How to Apply Applications are normally processed through UCAS. You will need to quote the Institution Code Name: WAKEC; the Institution Code: W08; and the Course Code: W290.
Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Pre-enrolment Preparation All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview and portfolio demonstration of their own Creative & Digital work. In some instances we may use BSKB diagnostic testing or additionally set projects to further inform the pre-enrolment process.
Group Size A minimum of 10.
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact the Programme Leader, Steve Smith, by email: or through the programme website at

Alternatively, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Course Groups (W) Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Computing & ICT
Client Group (W) International, 19+, Higher Education, Higher Education, International
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