Foundation Year Zero
Students on all of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:
- Academic Writing and Study Skills
- Personal and Career Development
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
- Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities
In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:
- Dangerous Ideas
- Foundation English Language and Communication
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Media and Communications
- Analysing British Cinema
- Historical Foundations
- America and the World (subject to validation)
- Music and Performing Arts in Context
- The Languages and Theory of Music
Optional Modules associated with Degree Pathway in Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2)
- Foundation Media and Communications S1
- Analysing British Cinema S2
Introduction to Digital Animation
You will be introduced to the traditional principles of animation. Learning skills with 2D animation software you will create a short animation on a specified theme whilst learning the different processes involved in the production of a short animation.
Introduction to Scripting
This module primarily covers scripting for web sites, and includes technical training for database management and intermediate CSS for layout and design. These are applied to a website you will design and publish.
You will research examples of best practice and compile a record of findings, before creating a package of products in miniature that represent a creative and technically capable approach to visual communications using digital media technologies.
Introduction to Digital Creative Practice
Essential digital multimedia production skills are covered in this module: html and CSS, digital photography, and sound editing.
Creativity and New Media
This module links your theoretical learning and practice together by allowing you to consider theoretical questions in a practical way. You will learn practical skills including composition and photo manipulation whilst researching past and present creative design. Your project will involve the creation of a design for a number of different media outputs.
Introduction to Digital Media
In this module you will study the historical developments of theories and concepts that have led to the widespread use of digital media today. In particular you will examine the relationships between analogue and digital media and how this impacts on the control and distribution of information. This module is assessed by an essay and an exam.
Developing the skills gained at Year 1 you will learning about methods for designing and building a responsive website, on a theme negotiated with your tutors.
Working with a theme or concept you will learn intermediate to advanced digital imaging editing and compositing skills. This module offers you the chance to refine and develop a specialist knowledge of this broad and previse aspect of digital media image editing and production.
This module introduces a range of critical concepts and approaches to digital aesthetics and creativity. You will study what constitutes a digital aesthetic, and develop understanding of the significance and distinct properties of digital aesthetics through analysis and discussion of contemporary creative practice such as internet art, photography, cinema, and games design.
Optional modules, generally provided each year
This module combines a variety of different forms to create a practical answer to a theoretical question. Using Adobe After Effects, you will learn a variety of different techniques including motion graphics to create a moving image product. You have the choice to include photography, animation, video, sound or vector graphics to create your project.
The aim of this module is to equip students with the skills to shoot, edit, and exhibit a video production produced in some part on a mobile device. They will be shown effective camera techniques, sound recording, and editing relevant to a mobile production, and have an opportunity to experiment with producing different mobile forms.
Students will also be able to make connections between their work and the broader context of contemporary digital mobile video productions by analysing a number of case studies.
3D Computer Animation
Through a series of workshops you will learn the basics of 3D computer animation, modelling, texturing and rigging. Once you have the relevant skills, you will create a short 3D animation set on a particular theme.
2D Computer Animation
This module explores techniques including character design and acting in animation to strengthen your animation techniques. Workshops will cover areas including lip synching and facial expressions as well as focusing on the principles of animation. The techniques that you learn will be used to create a short 2D animation on a specified theme.
You will define an area of research within the field of digital media and develop a piece of academic writing. The module is taught through a combination of seminars, research workshops, lectures, and individual tutorials.
During each year of the course, a range of optional modules are available, offering you the opportunity to develop skills around your areas of interest.
Optional modules, generally provided each year
Individual Creative Practice
You are encouraged to design and develop a sustained individual project employing one of the three key areas of digital media covered by the course, digital imaging, web design, and animation, 2D or 3D. The practical project you submit at the end of the year may showcase your achievements, be related to a product, service, or idea, and may also demonstrate your unique approach to digital media and project development.
You will work in groups, and define a project that borrows properties from the spirit of entrepreneurship. The final production will include a combination of outputs demonstrating the unique properties of digital media production. Social media and networking using digital media are key aspects of this module.
Professional Creative Practice
This module uses a ‘live’ project, and you will be working with an outside business or service, to create a business identity. You will develop some the following: short videos, animations, posters, leaflets and banners.
Mixed Media dissertation (taught in association with the Film, Radio and Television Studies course)
This module permits you to choose a method of presenting your ideas and concepts on a topic defined through lectures, group discussions and individual tutorials. The actual output format you choose for the dissertation may include film, animation, painting, drawing, print, and/or online content. This module offers you the opportunity for your projects to be overseen and taught by lecturers across two of the school’s courses.
Specialised study by project (taught in association with the Film, Radio and Television Course)
Combining both digital media skills for film production and post production, and applying the distinctive properties of digital media, you will work with lecturers from the Digital Media and Film, Radio and Television courses, to produce a creative project on a theme or concept of your choice. This module will be relevant if you wish to specialise in digital compositing and image generation, and digital animation. This module offers you the opportunity for your projects to be overseen and taught by lecturers across two of the School’s courses.