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Web Design and Development (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Web Design and Development (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

UCAS Code

W468

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston and Burnley

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W468; Short form: BA/WDDfe

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Most organisations have an online presence, and demand is strong for graduates with the specialist skills and expertise to design, develop and maintain the highly usable feature-rich web applications that are a key aspect of modern life and business. You’ll be taught in a digital media environment and this course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career designing and developing websites, apps and other interactive products for media, publishing, e-commerce, arts and education. You’ll work on live briefs helping you to build a strong knowledge base and technical expertise in areas including scripting/coding, graphics/motion graphics, audio/video and user experience design (UX).

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Approaches to Photography
Introduction to Filmmaking
Scriptwriting for Production
Film and Media Theory
Web Fundamentals

Continued

Extended Media Project
Audio and Video Technologies
Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
Introduction to Animation and Games
Sound recording and Design

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Preston Campus:

  • Web Design & UX
  • Web Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Contextual Studies
  • Multimedia Production

Burnley Campus:

  • Web Development
  • Web Design & UX
  • Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Preston Campus:

  • Application Design & Delivery
  • Graphic Communication
  • Code for Design
  • Data Driven Applications

Burnley Campus:

  • Application Design & Delivery
  • Graphic Communication
  • The Agile Professional
  • Database Systems

 

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Preston Campus:

  • Portfolio Projects
  • User Experience Design
  • Research Project
  • Enterprise Development and Production

Burnley Campus:

  • Portfolio Projects
  • User Experience Design
  • Enterprise Development & Production
  • EBusiness

Further Information

cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.

The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is delivered using a wide range of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, and practical lab sessions where you will have access to high specification computer systems running the latest software.

Assessment includes practical assignments, reports, essays, presentations, conventional examinations and computer-based examinations. For some modules you will be involved in group work in others you will be expected to work independently.


English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

I joined UCLan wanting to be a web designer. The course gave me the knowledge and the tutors pointed me in the right direction. From my experience, the relationships with staff and colleagues were equally as important as the syllabus.

Oliver Mustoe-Playfair

Opportunities

Our students have gone onto work for BAE systems, the BBC graduate entry scheme, and some have gone on to set up their own businesses. Jonathan Lee is a director at the City Business Centre in Preston, Lancashire; Chris Gibbons works as a UX developer at Code Computerlove in Manchester and Oliver Mustoe-Playfair is a director at Deramores Retail Ltd. Thom Rimmer is a front end web designer and developer at Motionlab in Preston while Rebecca Topps is a UX designer at Sigma in Manchester.

You’ll work on live projects for clients, allowing you to experience and apply industry relevant technology and techniques to real-world problems.