3 years full-time
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
There isn't a study abroad option for the Interactive Media degree, but there are several study options here at York.
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.
You'll complete several different kinds of written and practical assignments, including exams, written essays, technical reports, computer programs and media examples.
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.
Graduates of this programme are well equipped for graduate jobs within and outside the creative industries or for masters or doctoral study.
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.
Our normal offer is AAB
AAAAB at Higher Level
D3, D3, M2
Obtain the diploma with a score of 35 points overall.
80% overall average
6.5 overall, with 5.5 or better in each section
61 overall with no less than 51 in all components