Digital Design Consultancy BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

BA (Hons) - I153

Study options:

2 year (accelerated)

 

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

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Overview

A creative media design course with a multidisciplinary approach, the BA (Hons) Digital Design Consultancy degree is designed to ensure you gain practical media, business, digital design and marketing skills, enabling you to respond innovatively to client needs. This is a contemporary course, recognising the fast-paced industry in which successful graduates will enter; an industry which demands its employees are equipped with a toolkit of knowledge, innovations, agility and practical solutions to meet client needs.

Digital Design Consultants (DDCs) work with individual clients and businesses to determine what will boost their engagement and revenue. The multi-skilled digital design consultant will then craft those digital products, creating dynamic campaigns for their clients.

This course has been designed in conjunction with employers to meet the demands of the digital design industry and the need for DDCs to be agile producers of the future. To that end, those who successfully graduate will obtain a BA (Hons) Digital Design Consultancy in two years. This allows for a quicker route into industry, the possibility for less financial aid and the ability to apply your contemporary theoretical and practical knowledge to the workplace faster.

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Your course in pictures

Course information

Digital Design Consultancy is a practical multimedia course that spans design, video, web marketing and animation disciplines.

Digital Design Consultants (DDCs) use their expertise of social media, media design, marketing and advertising, alongside good professional business practice, to advise clients about how to generate engaging material, such as animations, digital and printed promotional branding, and video productions to aid in their client’s business growth.

The independent learning focus embedded within the course will give future DDCs the confidence to produce the best quality deliverables for their clients, using the latest portable media equipment and digital technologies. Students are encouraged to think and act quickly, be creators and make products for their clients that inspire customers to invest.

Modules

Overview

You will learn the fundamental production skills in a range of multimedia disciplines including digital moving image production, 2D and interactive design, web design and professional consultancy skills. The creation, communication and management of digital products and projects will enable you to develop your entrepreneurial thinking and apply this to create effective products that will engage your client’s customers.

Modules

  • Professional Consultancy Skills

    This module covers the essential skills for working in a business and design and production studio environment. Key skills covered include research, how to interpret and negotiate client briefs, engaging with and using business analysis techniques and professional and academic communication skills.

  • Digital Media Principles

    A focus on visual communication takes the lead in this module. You will explore working with industry design and production software to construct creative products that engage with audiences. You'll undertake a range of informal and formally assessed projects which focus on branding and creating multimedia and viral content in addition to exploring storytelling techniques.

  • Interactive Design Principles

    Human-computer interaction, responsive design principles and visual communication are all explored across a range of platforms. You will engage with key concepts such as user experience, visual literacy and interface types.

  • Web Development Principles

    You will research, analyse and interact with a range of web-based materials in order to evaluate what makes a successful and effective website. You'll explore how to create structure, pages, scripting and how to engage with a workflow that will enable them to design their own site.

  • Communication Design

    The focus for this module is effective communication with audiences, clients and stakeholders. You will explore how to engage audiences through carefully thought out and constructed advertisements, campaigns and digital communications. You'll demonstrate the key marketing principles, branding techniques and strategies through a range of industry-led projects.

  • Digital Technology Application

    Motion graphics and animation techniques can drive audience engagement on a variety of platforms. You will explore how to create innovative and energetic products using a range of 3D, animation and post-production software.

Overview

The final year will provide you with opportunities to become a digital influencer. You will take ownership of a campaign which you will monitor and manage, in addition to learning how to teach others, promote your services to clients and become a change agent within the industry.

Modules

  • Agile Project Development

    You will learn how to negotiate the fast-paced and innovative discipline of mobile application development through agile project management techniques. You'll gain an understanding of operating systems, mobile platforms, developer tools and user experience design concepts to discover exciting new ideas for mobile applications.

  • Digital Entrepreneurship

    Understanding how businesses operate in order to trailblaze in developing new business opportunities is an invaluable skill for a DDC. You will learn how to evaluate new business and start-up opportunities in order to develop new models and innovative new digital ventures for clients.

  • Digital Influencer Skills

    The digital relationship between users and digital products is vital for any digital practitioner when considering the creation of digital material or services for their clients. This module will enable you to understand and use the tools needed to reach and influence client’s users through social media.

  • Digital Practitioner Skills

    When creating new and innovative digital products and systems, there will often be an existing workforce that will need to adapt and adopt them. The DDC will often be the expert in the room that clients will use to help their employees understand new technology platforms. This module will focus on enabling you to understand how you can use your creative production skills to teach others how to use the new technologies and platforms that you've created for a company or client.

  • Digital Strategy Project Management

    This module will offer students the invaluable experience of working within the budget and resources that a company already has or can afford and working creatively to create solutions in order to progress a project through to a successful conclusion. Key tools in project management, collaboration and effective communication will be utilised by students to work independently within a simulated work environment in order to achieve business targets and objectives.

  • Agile Design Solutions

    Self-promotion and energetic networking are essential for success as a DDC. This module will allow you to gain valuable experience in creating self-promotional materials and communicating with potential employers. You will plan, design and execute your own networking and expo event. Elevator pitching, interview techniques and talent showcasing are valuable skills explored in this module.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Coventry is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • Independent research and exploration - students will learn the key skills needed to interrogate briefs and develop digital design solutions that meet the needs of clients through sophisticated research techniques.
  • Visual literacy - the course will help students develop an understanding of modern design and the way that imagery and animation can be impactful.
  • Practical and creative studio techniques - in preparation for a career as a Digital Design Consultant, students will apply the techniques used in a variety of creative situations to problems as part of their practical work.
  • Collaboration and teamwork - students will learn the essential skills needed to work as part of a team, including drawing on other resources and team members.

The Digital Design Consultancy role is part of a fast-paced and expanding industry. This course is taught as an accelerated two-year programme which is designed to support your development of the essential skills you need to get you employment-ready and into the industry quicker. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework, portfolios and group work which is more reflective of our learning model.

Full-time students are expected to attend CU Coventry every day of the week.
The majority of this will be face to face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning, as well as enhancement activities on Wednesdays.
Classes run daily and students are allocated to either:
Morning - 9am-1pm or
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Both morning and afternoon sessions have the addition of Enhancement Wednesdays when students can choose individualised learning activities between 10am-2pm to support their study, providing time in the afternoon to engage in clubs and societies.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Digital Design Consultancy BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All Degree courses require at least two A2 levels or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Digital Design Consultancy BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All Degree courses require at least two A2 levels or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

(per year)


January 2020

(per year)


This course is offered as an accelerated degree programme, where you are able to study six blocks each year and finish in two academic years. The fees for this option start at £9,250 per year, a total of £18,500 across the full degree. You would still be eligible for both tuition fee loans and maintenance payments, which would be split across the six blocks evenly to ensure you are funded throughout the academic year. As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

Career prospects

Graduates from BA Digital Design Consultancy can move into a variety of media-industry related jobs such as animation, moving image production and design. Graduates may also wish to explore a career in marketing and media management, in addition to exploring work as a freelancer.

Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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