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Creative Computing

CertHE

Our Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Computing is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

It is ideal if you are ready to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter.

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BSc Creative Computing graduate Wilbert Tabone shares why he loved the mix of creativity and computer science in the programme.

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.

Programme details

2020 Session
Application deadline 01 October 2020
Registration deadline 30 November 2020
Programme starts November 2020

Local teaching support

To study the CertHE, you must register at a Recognised Teaching Centre that supports this programme. This way, you benefit from local support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

Find your Local Teaching Centre.

Study materials

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.

Books

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.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Assessment

  • Level 4 courses are assessed by coursework and an unseen written exam. 'Mathematics for computing' is exam-only.
  • Exams are usually held in May/June each year. 

More on exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For access, you must meet the following:

  • Age 17+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Three GCSEs (Grade A*-C / 9-4) plus Mathematics (Grade A*-B / 9-5), or equivalent. (You may be able to attend pre-sessional classes to top up your mathematics.)
  • Have admission to a teaching institution which is approved to support the programme.

Find equivalent qualifications where you live.

Each teaching centre has its own admissions criteria to determine if you are ready to study the programme. 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.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

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.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year

2020-2021

Application fee (non-refundable)

£101

Registration fee

£935

Examination fee

£384

Continuing registration fee

£458

Indicative Cost: CertHE Creative Computing £2471

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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).

More about programme fees.

See the Programme Regulations for more details.

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £400 per year);
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre);
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST.

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.

What do employers think of our graduates?

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.

Goldsmiths brings creative and unconventional approaches to its teaching. Graduates of the University include Damien Hirst, and four other Turner Prize winners.

The Department of Computing is a leading centre in the UK for the study of Arts and Music Computing, Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Science.

Its research ranges from mainstream computer science, including algorithms, data analytics and machine learning, to creative computing for music, film, TV, visual arts, games and animation.

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.

More on funding your study.

Wilbert Tabone BSc Creative Computing, Malta

BSc Creative Computing graduate, Wilbert Tabone

"I recommend University of London as it is globally reputed and you can get a degree that is recognised worldwide, while studying in your own country".