What Will You Study
This degree course is ideal if you're looking to study Information Technology with an emphasis on the skills required by the creative industries such as movies, music or games. As well as developing your skills to design, manage and develop the next generation of interactive services, you will also gain the understanding you'll need to work with designers, artists and producers.
In your first year, you will study Software Development, Information Systems and Creative Technology. Subjects studied in your second and third years include Graphics and Animation, Games Design and Security and Risk.
In your fourth and final year you will study additional Masters-level courses and undertake placements in the creative industries.
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Computer Science : BSc Hons
- Communication Systems and Electronics : BEng Hons
- Communication Systems and Electronics (with Industrial Experience) : MEng Hons
- Computer Science : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Computer Science Innovation : BSc Hons / MSci Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : BEng Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : MEng Hons
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- Dance and Film : BA Hons
- Dance and French Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and German Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and Theatre : BA Hons
- Design Interactions : BA Hons
- Film : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and Theatre : BA Hons
- Fine Art : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Dance : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Film : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- Management and Information Technology (4 years including placement) : BSc Hons
- Marketing and Design : BSc Hons
- Software Engineering : BSc Hons
- Software Engineering (with Industrial Experience) : MSci
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Introduction to Design
- Software Development
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Information Systems
- Creative Technology
- Design Thinking
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Computer Networks
- Software Design
- Professional Issues and Research Methods
- IT for Creative Industries Innovation Challenge Group Project
- Introduction to Computer Graphics
- Final Year Project
- Advanced Internet and Mobile Applications
- Game Design
- Security and Risk
- Media Coding & Processing
- Professional and Research Methodology
- Advanced Human-Computer Interaction 1
- Data Mining
- Industrial Placement(s)
- Fourth Year Project (Computer Science)
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
General Studies: Normally accepted as one of the best 3 grades, if 4 A-levels presented
Preference: Minimum of two A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
GCSE: English and Maths at grade C
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 pts overall with 16 pts from 3 HL subjects
BTEC: Overall grades of DDD
HNC/HND: Direct entry to second year with Distinctions in relevant subjects
Your degree will provide you with the skills to succeed in a wide range of companies. You may choose to follow in the footsteps of previous graduates who’ve become technologists with some of the major companies in this sector, such as the BBC, or have gone on to further study.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.