Creative Computing focuses on the innovative application of computing technology in addition to understanding the technology itself. Gain a solid grounding in technology and focus on its application in creative contexts, such as music, visual arts and computer games.
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You can receive local support from a local teaching institution, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.
We provide the core study materials you need to complete the programme. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams), subject guides for each course you choose, and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams. Sample study materials are available on each course page.
You need to provide your own books, so do check that you can obtain these before you register. You may be able to use other libraries, either in the UK or overseas. Essential introductory reading is listed on the Level 4 course pages.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
Your Course Tutor provides support throughout the year and leads online seminars for each course that you study.
Level 4 courses are assessed by coursework and an unseen written exam. 'Mathematics for computing' is exam-only.
Each teaching institution has its own admissions criteria to determine if you are ready to study the course. Contact your chosen institution directly for its requirements.
English Language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).
By completing the CertHE in Creative Computing, you will gain technical competency in computing technology.
If you progress to the BSc, you will develop your potential to become a developer, innovator and leader in your field.
Here are some examples of the kind of roles that will be open to you:
Games developer: You’ll be skilled in programming and animation for games and other creative apps, across platforms ranging from mobile devices through to desktop computers. The games development industry is fast-growing, resulting in a shortfall of qualified graduates.
3D programmer: Your advanced programming skills and knowledge of mathematics, 3D graphics and animation combine to provide key skills for this role.
Web developer: Design and code webpages and the backend technical systems to underpin them. Build bespoke solutions or work on the latest technologies in the open source arena.
Multimedia programmer: Your skills will enable you to build new forms of digital and interactive media and online services. You will develop creative features, such as 2D/3D models, animation, music and video for innovative multimedia products.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.