Course Information

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

The Open University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.


The BA Honours Visual Media Arts (Game Development pathway) is a hands-on production course that will enable those passionate about the Visual Media Arts to create exciting Visual Media Products to professional standards, develop original production proposals and showcase their portfolios at the End of Year Exhibition and Networking Event to industry professionals. Working closely with industry experts the BA (Hons) in Visual Media (Top Up) ensures that all our graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of visual media. Modules will guide students through project research, production design and art direction, development and final presentation in the Visual Media Arts specialism of their chosen pathway. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self employed students. Please ask for further details.

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.
    *The fees quoted are payable for each year.

    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: 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

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

    Optional Modules include:

  • Experimental Film,
  • Advanced Games Engine Techniques or Multitrack 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.