Computer Science with Multimedia BSc 2021

If you’re looking to develop your career in website design and development, media production or multimedia information editing and management, this course could be for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years

UCAS code(s)

G450

Start date

Overview
Explore Computer Science with Multimedia at Aston University

Computer Science almumni Minita Unadkat talks about her experience of studying at Aston.

Denver Fernandes

“For my course particularly the teaching was very good. All the lecturers seemed to know a lot about what they were teaching and were very passionate about it. In addition, the lecturers were open to explaining everything in more detail when asked about it.”

Denver Fernandes
Graduate Software Developer, PCMS Group PLC

Denver Fernandes

“For my course particularly the teaching was very good. All the lecturers seemed to know a lot about what they were teaching and were very passionate about it. In addition, the lecturers were open to explaining everything in more detail when asked about it.”

Denver Fernandes
Graduate Software Developer, PCMS Group PLC

Course outline and modules

Media and multimedia technologies are now essential in many aspects of modern life and there is a need for people with the right technical and software development skills to work hand-in-hand with creative designers to deliver high quality multimedia productions.

The techniques of a fast growing and highly competitive multimedia industry include website development, still and moving images, audio production, 2D and 3D computer animation.

Our Computer Science with Multimedia programme is designed to give you an insight into the secrets of multimedia technology and the skills that will enable you to develop new and creative ways of using multimedia.

What you’ll learn

With students joining the programme from a variety of different backgrounds, year one brings everyone to the same level of knowledge.

The rest of this course provides an increased focus on your specialist studies, learning to convey information as effectively as possible, with the link between multimedia and computer science emphasised and illustrated throughout.

You’ll gain a wide range of skills and experiences through your studies including new and interesting ways to make text, sound and moving images accessible, an understanding of the scientific principles behind multimedia systems and the integration of computing into every day environments.

You’ll spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and further enhance your career prospects. Our staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your year. A wide range of options in the final year allow you to select specialised topics of particular interest to your chosen career. You’ll also undertake a project to enable you to further explore one particular subject. Your project could be based on a topic from an extensive list or you can suggest your own, perhaps based on your professional placement.

We provide opportunities to get involved in our student-run software development organisation, Beautiful Canoe (https://beautifulcanoe.com/), through the provision of a number of summer internships every year. There is also an Industry Club, open to everyone, which gives you opportunities to meet with employers and showcase your work, increasing your chance of securing that all-important graduate job or placement.

Modules

Year 1

•    Computer Systems
•    Internet Applications and Database Design 
•    Mathematics for Computing Professionals 
•    Object Oriented Programming
•    Business Aspects of Computing
•    Professional and Social Aspects of Computing

Year 2

•    Software Engineering 
•    Data Structures and Algorithms in Java 
•    Human Computer Interaction 
•    Multimedia Science
•    Information Security
•    Computer Graphics
•    Team Project

Year 3 - Placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

•    EAS Study Placement Year 
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year 
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year 

Core modules:

•    Individual Project
•    Computer Animation 
•    Interaction Design
•    Game Development 
•    Image and Video Processing 

Choose one of the following optional modules:

•    Mobile Design and Development 
•    Multi-Agent Systems 
•    Techniques for Data Analysis (Data Mining) 
•    Multimedia Information Retrieval
•    Computational Intelligence 
•    Software Project Management

Accreditation

Our Computer Science degrees are accredited for Chartered IT Professional (CITP), the British Computer Society's Chartered (BSC) qualification. On graduation, you’ll have the right to join the BCS - the principal organisation for IT professionals in the UK.

International students


Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live. Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB, BBC if grade B achieved in EPQ or Core Maths, BCC Contextual/DTUS offer

IB

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects

BTEC
  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DM plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B 
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DM plus 2 A-level minimum grade B 
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
Access & other

Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3.

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.

    Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university.

    The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3.

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

GCSEs

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.

View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Your learning experience will be a combination of lectures and seminars and more practical teaching, including lab exercises, practical classes and computer-aided learning.

This variety enables you to develop the skills and experiences you’ll need to create, analyse, test and develop systems in the workplace. Assessment is through written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion varies according to the modules chosen with examinations typically comprising around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International and EU students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £17,050*

During placement year: £2,500

* The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates find stimulating and rewarding computing-related positions such as graduate programmer, network analyst or software developer or engineer.

Others move into related careers including systems analysis or engineering or teaching. Recent graduates have joined a wide range of exciting companies including Cap Gemini, Microsoft, KPMG, IBM and Ford.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Computer Science with Multimedia at Aston?

You’ll gain skills that are very much in demand across business and industry, enabling you to begin an exciting multimedia career.  

What will I be doing on the Computer Science with Multimedia course at Aston? 

You’ll be learning in a range of ways, from classroom to lab, gaining the skills, knowledge and experience you need to convey information as effectively as possible. 

You’ll have the opportunity to take a year in industry and research a specific topic during your final year. 

Why is it beneficial to take a year out in industry? 

The optional placement year is available with all computer science courses, giving you invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad.  

We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Does accreditation matter? 

Yes. On graduation from a BCS accredited degree, you’ll have the right to join the BCS - the principal organisation for IT professionals in the UK - and will be able to demonstrate that you have skills among the best in class.  

Why should international students choose Aston University? 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.  

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