Creative Technologies and Design (with a foundation year) BSc

Foundation Years

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BCC-CCC
UCAS code:
HWGP
Start date:
September 2018

Do you want to be creative but aren’t sure what direction to take? Study creative technologies and design in Brighton – a city at the forefront of the UK’s creative and digital industries.

With our Foundation Year, you explore, analyse and develop skills in different forms of creative practice before choosing an area to focus on. You develop knowledge to succeed in your studies and your creative career – whether that's in media and communications, product design or computing.

Foundation Year courses are a brilliant opportunity for students to fulfil their potential while they’re learning the skills required by a top university like Sussex.”Chantal Irtelli
English and A-level Academic Leader

Is a Foundation Year for you?

We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:

  • those who aren't sure which subject they'd like to specialise in
  • those who don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who are returning to education after some time away.

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate your potential to do well on a demanding degree, including the potential to succeed in your chosen discipline.

The following sets out some of the most common academic qualifications. However, each application is reviewed on its individual strengths and merits.

A-level

Typical offer

BCC-CCC

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale). If you have a grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale) in Mathematics you may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of special circumstances linked to the lower grade.

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits at Distinction, 15 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 level 3 credits at PAss

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale). If you have a grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale) in Mathematics you may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of special circumstances linked to the lower grade.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will normally have completed the full International Baccalaureate Diploma with an overall score of at least 28 points. However, we consider applicants with 26-27 points overall on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of overall points score, you must include evidence of your potential to do well in a demanding degree in your application.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DMM

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale). If you have a grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale) in Mathematics you may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of special circumstances linked to the lower grade.

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

CCCCC

Additional requirements

You will also need Maths at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade C and CC in two A-levels.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale). If you have a grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale) in Mathematics you may be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence of special circumstances linked to the lower grade.

In addition, you will need to include evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will normally have completed the full International Baccalaureate Diploma with an overall score of at least 28 points. However, we consider applicants with 26-27 points overall on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of overall points score, you must include evidence of your potential to do well in a demanding degree in your application.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

70%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, such as a Business related course, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result of 4.5.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of 11/20.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.5 or better.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H4 H4 H4 H4 H4.

Additional requirements

You will also need O5 in Maths grade. 

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 71.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 3.5.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 6.5.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • If you don't have the qualifications to take a degree with us, a Foundation Year is a great way to start. It is also a good basis if you do not yet know what course to follow.
  • You’ll encounter a range of ways of being creative, reflective and critical as you work through key skills, finishing the year by completing your own creative practice project with support from our enthusiastic staff.
  • Successfully completing your Foundation Year means you’ll be able to continue studying for an undergraduate degree at Sussex, one of the UK's top 20 universities.

Course information

How will I study?

You develop your academic skills for degree-level study by taking part in lectures, seminars and workshops. Most of your work is done as part of projects set as individual or group briefs.

Core modules introduce you to what creative practice means, and its study in a range of areas including design and digital media.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2016. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that, if you’re an EU student applying for entry in the academic year 2018, you'll remain eligible for financial support. This applies even if your course ends after the UK’s exit from the EU. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Analysing Media Creativity

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

This module engages with themes and debates that centre on questioning the media.

You will investigate a range of concepts and critical frameworks that are used in analysis of the media, applying these as tools to interrogate how meaning is produced across a range of media forms including advertising, print media, television, film and new media.

Blended Physical Digital Interactions

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

In this module, you look at applications for physical computing (Arduino, RaspberryPi, etc.) and the future of creative practice at the physical-digital interface.

You explore the designing of connected products and services and how data interfaces with physical devices.

You consider how devices can be designed and made to work together and be easily usable as part of the experience of blended physical digital interactions.

You consider, both theoretically and practically, the creative choices, constraints and opportunities of new forms of design and media.

Through designing, critiquing and programming physical devices, you prepare yourself to exploit creative opportunities at the interface between digital technologies and physical interaction.

Your portfolio material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

You are also assessed via an essay, which is set towards the end of the module, and is wholly assessed on submission.

Creative Practice Project

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching

In this module, you build on a number of key areas of creative practice that were introduced to you in your earlier modules. Your studies in this module equip you to make informed choices about degree courses on offer.

As part of this module, you elect to study one area in greater depth and you carry out an individual creative project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

In this module, you apply your accumulated knowledge and skills as part of a more substantial project.

Your project will give you a taste of real-life creative practice, and you submit your project with documentation analysing the process.

A good project will demand creative thinking, analysis and implementation, and will expose you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, marketing, documentation and communication.

In this module, you develop a substantial piece of work for inclusion in your portfolio and CV, and prepare yourself for your choice of following course.

Your project and report material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

Your final report is expected to include visual material as well as reflection and analysis.

Creativity Foundation 1: Process

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This module introduces creative thinking and making - by teaching you how to approach a practical creative project. In doing this, you develop skills in image manipulation and an understanding of the design process, including ideation and user research.

Your studies in this module emphasis the creative process, beyond competence with tools, to prepare you for the creative and analytical work required in
your 'Creative Practice Project', and also in your choice of study options (media practice and communication, digital media, product design) that follow.

In this module, you prepare yourself for the different phases of creative work and develop your understanding of how to structure your personal approach and report on it.

Your portfolio material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

Creativity Foundation 2: Practice

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

This module complements the 'Creative Foundation 1' module.

Your studies in this module provide you with a theoretical background to creativity and the workings of creative practice in society.

You also develop a broader understanding of the role of the creative professional, the ethical dilemmas that accompany making artefacts, and some practical techniques for finessing your work based on these social and cultural insights.

As part of this, your studies include sessions on:

  • designing websites that inform and influence (with tuition in basic HTML)
  • participatory design
  • editorial responsibility.

Your project material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

Foundations of Visual Communications

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

In this module, you investigate concepts of visual communication and their application to design problems.

By taking this module, you develop your ability to make reasoned judgements about communicating ideas using visual materials.

You also develop a wide range of transferable skills in visual communications for digital media, product design, and media practice.

Your studies in this module include sessions on drawing as a tool for observation and communication, layout and hierarchy, and design for usability.

As part of this module, you produce a visual research book, inspiration board and other portfolio materials.

Your portfolio material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

Skills for Creative Practice

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

In this module, you develop a range of communication, personal organisation and learning skills - to enable you to pursue a degree course at The University of Sussex, and a career as a creative practice professional.

As part of this module, you cover topics such as:

  • study skills and approaches to learning in Higher Education
  • giving presentations
  • project planning - work breakdown, time management
  • writing skills - report structure, presenting technical information
  • referencing and citing sources
  • team working - roles and process
  • reflection on learning.

You also study the use of geometry in design and creative practice.

Towards the end of the module, you will have a chance to learn more about each of the degree courses that you may progress onto after your foundation year - to help you in considering your preferences for the direction your project might take.

Your portfolio material is assessed regularly throughout the length of the module, as you develop your creative work.

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