Course Information


BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Media Arts - (1 year Top-up) (Validated by The Open University)

The Open University
Sessions

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Full-Time
Description: Open University BA (Hons) Visual Media Arts Top-Up (Film)
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 19
Total Hours: 570
Fee: 4530
Places Available: 4
Course Coordinator: Kevin.Mulveen@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Description: Open University BA (Hons) Visual Media Arts Top-Up (Film)
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 390
Fee: 1180
Places Available: 10
Course Coordinator: Kevin.Mulveen@swc.ac.uk

Full-Time
Description: Open University BA (Hons) Visual Media Arts Top-Up (Games)
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 19
Total Hours: 570
Fee: 4530
Places Available: 8
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Description: Open University BA (Hons) Visual Media Arts Top-Up (Games)
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 390
Fee: 1180
Places Available: 10
Course Coordinator: Paul.McGovern@swc.ac.uk

Description

The BA Honours Visual Media Arts has two pathways, Game Development and Film. Read on to find out about the similarities and differences in the two options. Students should choose the option that appeals to them most, or contact the course director to discuss your options. The BA Honours 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:

  • Film production
  • Game development
  • The programme offers a range of specialised modules that will empower students to exit the course with a very robust and employable portfolio.

    Additional Information

  • Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here
  • Download the full programme specification here

  • Teaching Delivery Statement

    The 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.
    Fees are payable annually.

    Terms & Conditions

    Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: www.swc.ac.uk and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Core Modules

    Game Development Pathway

  • Research & Media Issues
  • Art Direction & Production Design
  • Dissertation & Honours Project 
  • Film Pathway
  • Research & Media Issues
  • Art Direction & Production Design
  • Dissertation & Honours Project 
  • Optional Modules

    Games Development -

  • Advanced Game Art Techniques,
  • Advanced & Sound-scaping for Visual Media Production
  • Film Production –
  • Advanced Sound-scaping for Visual Media Production & Multi-Track Recording
  • Assessment Method

    Assessment will consist of portfolio-based development projects with a significant emphasis on practical skills and creating and promoting an industry standard body of work. Associated documentation and understanding of specialist visual media practices will also be assessed throughout the year. Students will be required to research, propose and undertake an individual Final Major Honours Project during this year with final presentation at the End of Year Exhibition.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful Learners may progress directly into creative careers or to other universities to undertake further studies at Masters degree level or similar. Entry requirements and conditions vary according to each institution.

    Entry Requirements

  • Foundation Degree,
  • Diploma in Higher Education or a Higher National Diploma in a Media/Film/Games related subject, based on a 50% merit or above profile.
  • GCSE Grade C in English and Maths (or equivalent).
  • *In the event of over subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.
  • International Student Entry Requirements

    International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.