Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Digital Experience Design - FdA (Foundation Degree)

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Course Code: HE0037-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years

This course has been written with industry professionals to create a forward-thinking, up-to-date degree that will enable students to work in the fast-paced and dynamic world of digital interaction and experience. The course has a cross-disciplinary, multimedia approach, through which students will develop a range of abilities to complement their personal creative specialism in the field of interactive design and digital imaging.

Key features

  • First full DX degree in the UK
  • Course written with top industry professionals
  • Work-simulated spaces and dynamic teaching in high-tech environments
  • Innovation laboratory shared with industry specialists and companies
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

The course base room will simulate a working creative studio with digital and analogue capabilities. Additionally students will have access to an innovation laboratory which will be utilised by industry specialists and companies to ‘test’ their new designs. This will give students direct access to the latest developments in the field.


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Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Students will work alongside industry professionals in ‘live’ briefs for content delivery via social media, interactive design and download - for example, apps, digital magazines and vlogs - and explore how media traffic is driven, how content is ranked and ideas of technological advances and usability. 

In the first year, students are provided with a grounding in digital media technologies, including concepts such as UX and responsive design, along with pitching and presenting skills.

The second year develops an in-depth understanding of how the digital arts are shaping industry and concepts such as user journey, agile content, personas and consumer psychology.

Modules include: 

  • Service design thinking 
  • Agile/lean design
  • Practical design technologies
  • Pitching & workshopping
  • Industry report retrospective
  • User experience (UX)
  • Innovation
  • Brand utility
  • Advanced design technology
  • Business & professional strategy
  • Final major project

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the final year top-up course: BA (Hons) Creative Media Practice, or enter employment. 

Potential careers

  • Designer
  • Art director
  • UX designer
  • UI designer
  • Creative director
  • Content developer
  • Service designer
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