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Overview From programming to storytelling, our degree provides you with hands-on experience with the latest technologies.

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing 2016


Our Interactive Media degree will give you the power to create new types of digital content to be used by individuals and society. You'll gain hands-on experience of the latest digital technologies, studying the theory and practice behind interactivity and learning to assess the cultural implications of contemporary media developments.

You will develop skills that range from computer programming to storytelling, and from critical analysis to advanced interface design.

"The Interactive Media degree offers an ideal grounding for those wishing to work in the digital media industries, which increasingly require people to work with technology from a creative perspective. This is the course that will create the next generation of interactive media stars."

Charles Cecil MBE
Co-founder of Revolution Software

Course content What you’ll study


This new, multidisciplinary degree brings together technical, creative and socio-cultural perspectives on interactive media. It will develop your skills in producing interactive media, a key part of which is computer programming, and your understanding of the cultural, social and historical impact of interactive media.

You'll learn how to create interactive media software, content and products for a variety of platforms and uses, such as:

  • mobile apps
  • 3D TV
  • video games
  • web design
  • virtual reality and immersive environments
  • social media 
  • augmented reality
  • massively multi-player online games.

Year 1

You'll learn the fundamental principles of software programming for media systems, how to create audio and visual assets and the nature of interactive storytelling. You will also explore the historical development and social and cultural impact of interactive digital media, ranging from video games to social networks and the Internet of Things.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll learn how interactive media are formed by combining traditional media production methods with human-computer interaction technologies. You will enhance your programming skills for manipulating sound and graphics and learn the crafts of moving image and sound production. There will also be time to critically reflect on the role of interactive media in society. At the end of the academic year, we'll support you in finding interactive media industry placements.

Year 3

Choose from a set of optional modules to specialise in an area of interest, and take a business, legal and professional module to prepare for employment. The major part of the year is devoted to your final project, which allows you to develop an idea in depth and demonstrate all the skills and knowledge you've gathered during the course.

Study abroad

There isn't a study abroad option for the Interactive Media degree, but there are several study options here at York.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

York's BSc in Interactive Media is taught by academics at the cutting edge of research who also have hands-on industry experience. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, practicals, one-to-one tutorials, masterclasses with visiting industry leaders, and screenings in our Dolby certified Digital Cinema.

  • We're based in a £30m high-spec building housing one of the best media and performance facilities in any UK university.
  • You'll learn in purpose-built computer labs and on mobile multimedia devices, with access to a wide range of TV and theatre equipment for specialist projects.


You'll complete several different kinds of written and practical assignments, including exams, written essays, technical reports, computer programs and media examples.

  • For project work, you can choose themes that suit your interests, with the opportunity to develop a theme throughout the three years, moving from prototypes to research and development of a fully functioning system.
  • You'll receive feedback on all summative and formative assignments, mostly in the form of written comments.
  • Some classes use anonymous electronic quizzes to generate instant feedback and spark discussion with the whole class.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

The interactive media sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. This degree combines rigorous academic work with the development of practical skills so you can be successful in this competitive industry. There will be opportunities to undertake professional work experience and connect with our industry partners during the programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme are well equipped for graduate jobs within and outside the creative industries or for masters or doctoral study. 

Transferable skills

  • Creative systems design
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer programming
  • Digital media production
  • Independent research skills
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Communication: oral presentations and digital media techniques
  • Time management
  • Writing: technical reports and critical essays

Made in Creative UK

Made in Creative UK

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Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. If your application meets departmental qualifications, we will notify you at least two weeks in advance if you are invited to attend an interview or a post-offer visit day. Both include a talk about the BSc in Interactive Media and tours of the department's state-of-the-art facilities.

All students considering study at the University of York are invited to attend a full University Open Day.

A-levels and GCSEs

Our normal offer is AAB

  • We sometimes make lower offers to applicants who can demonstrate talent and passion for the subject.


  • We don't accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.
  • We look for a good standard at GCSE or equivalent, across a range of high-quality subjects.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB at Higher Level


  • BTEC National Diploma: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M2

Access to HE

  • 30 credits from units awarded Distinction 
  • 9 awarded Merit or higher

International options

International Baccalaureate

Obtain the diploma with a score of 35 points overall.

Irish Leaving Certificate


European Baccalaureate

80% overall average

English language


6.5 overall, with 5.5 or better in each section

Pearson (Academic PTE)

61 overall with no less than 51 in all components

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Grade C

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Grade A

GCSE/IGCSE/O Level in English (as a first language)

Grade C

Unistats for this course

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