Interactive Media BSc (Hons)

UCAS code I610

What is special about this course?

The aim of the BSc (Hons) in Interactive Media is to give you a professional grounding in the development of interactive and digital media products while allowing you the scope to specialise in a number of key areas and work with external clients on real industry projects.

The term 'interactive media' defines a collection of disparate technologies which provide a user experience using digital platforms. These range from websites, mobile apps, software applications and even interactive installations. Digital content creation goes hand-in-hand with an understanding of interactive media and disciplines such as graphic design, animation, video and audio production, all form part of the subject area.

The course will encourage your creativity and entrepreneurial qualities and also give you the solid theoretical and technical understanding you need to succeed. Graduates from this degree will: be equipped to think creatively; have a solid foundation of knowledge in a number of key technical areas; and have the confidence and ability to enter a workplace environment, become self-employed or form a start-up company.

Special features

  • A practical focussed course teaching technical skills in a wide range of disciplines including web, mobile apps and computer games
  • Encourages creative thinking in a variety of contexts for the creation of digital media including graphic design, video, audio and animation
  • Live projects give learners experience of working with real world clients on a number of exciting projects.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Computing with Digital Media Level 6 OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis, based on a portfolio review and interview.

Advanced entry to year two or three of the degree:

  • Direct entry to year two, HND, is an appropriate HNC, such as HNC Interactive Media or HNC Digital Design and Web Development, with Grade B or above in Graded Unit 2; or equivalent
  • Direct entry to year three of the degree is an appropriate HND, such as HND Interactive Media or HND Digital Design and Development, with grade B or above in the Graded Unit 2; or equivalent

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BSc (Hons) Interactive Media with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Biological Science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to: Health and Life Sciences (Fife College)
  • Access to: Life Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Life Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Medical and Life Sciences (North East College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)

Year 3 - BSc

You will study the following core modules:

  • Advanced databases
  • Designing web-based applications
  • Team project (computing and interactive media)

Option modules, from which you must choose three, may include:

  • Video and audio production techniques
  • Advanced 3D animation
  • Mobile application development
  • Advanced design techniques
  • Small business planning

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

You will study the following core modules:

  • Games engines for interactive applications
  • Emerging technologies in human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Entrepreneurship and portfolio development
  • Advanced topics
  • Dissertation: research and product development

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), making use of online learning materials and collaborative tools.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time*
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,800 £2,140 (per 20 credit module)

* There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Graphic design
  • Website design and development
  • App development
  • Computer games
  • Animation
  • Visual effects and CGI
  • Video and audio production

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The course was a great balance between design and coding. I was really pleased with how involved the lecturers were in my studies and the smaller class sizes helped to give an almost one-to-one tuition. Between my second and third year studies, I did a summer placement at Hunted Cow Studios as a Game Scenario Designer. I was later offered a full time position as a 3D artist. I hadn’t really thought about being in the games industry but Interactive Media opened my eyes to the variety of avenues you can progress onto.

Natalie Seivwright completed her BA (Hons) in Interactive Media at Moray College UHI in 2016.

Apply for Interactive Media BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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