Web Design BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Websites, social media, apps we use for entertainment and for organising our everyday lives – if you’re like most people, you’ll experience web design many times every day. Web designers play an important part in our lives and in the business world, constantly creating new ways for us to access and experience the web. This course aims to give you the skills and knowledge to take your first step in this innovative industry.

Web and digital design is a growing industry, and there is a big demand for skilled graduates who know how to produce digital products. We’ll give you the opportunity to gain the skills employers are looking for by looking at both the creative and technical aspects of web design.

In the first two years we’ll look at the technical side of web development, while also encouraging you to gain an in-depth understanding of web and visual design. We’ll look at moving imagery too, specifically animations and videos.

The devices that people use to access the internet are changing all the time, so we’ll study how to design and create content and experiences for a range of devices, that users enjoy interacting with. Smartphones, tablets, watches and traditional computers will all be covered in the course. You’ll also have the chance to explore technical subjects, such as,

  • Web development
  • Artistic video effects
  • Graphic design
  • Coding

We’ll get you working on projects in teams to create complex products. It’s all about helping you develop your technical, design and project management skills. You’ll gain invaluable experience – in fact, some projects may mean you end up working on a real product for an industry client.

To gain even more experience, you have the chance to take a placement with an employer after your second year. This is your opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice, broaden your range of skills and gain great contacts too. If you’re a student from within the UK or the EU and you have an idea for your own business, or you want to explore your entrepreneurial talents, you could even set up your own small company through our [Enterprise Placement Year scheme|http://www.hud.ac.uk/enterprise/enterpriseplacementyear/].

Your Final Year gives you the chance to use the skills you’ve gained to create innovative digital projects. You’ll then have the opportunity to show this and other work to the public and to the industry, at our Showcase event at the end of the year.

We work hard to help our students reach their potential, and to equip them with the breadth of knowledge and experience they'll need to thrive in our ever-evolving industry. Our graduates leave us with industry-standard skill-sets, professional values and exciting portfolios of their own.

Dr Michael O'Grady

Dr Michael O'Grady, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

Digital Media Project 1

The digital media industry relies on professionals who work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. This module aims to gives you early experience of working in such an environment. Working as part of a team, you will have the opportunity to plan, design and develop a digital media product. The module is designed to provide you with an understanding of industry best practices within the digital media industry. You will be introduced to the product development cycle, technology limitations, and possible future developments relevant to each course. You will also be encouraged to begin exploring the enterprising aspects of the digital media industries, by entering competitions or publishing a game, mobile app, website or other digital media artefact.

Introduction to Web Programming

This module is aimed at helping you to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to create basic interactive websites. The technologies covered are typically HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You'll aim to create a portfolio of webpages that demonstrate a range of HTML and CSS features. You'll also aim to develop a JavaScript application in response to a specified problem.

Digital Media Asset Production

Through this module you are introduced to digital media production tools including digital media hardware, the software that creates visual and audio assets, the Internet and the various technologies that they support. You’ll aim to analyse, design and create static as well as time-based media (animated visual content, video and audio) and produce stand-alone products that are suited to a variety of delivery platforms. You are supported in gaining an understanding of the relevant design, technical and professional issues associated with using each media form and how best to deliver and promote these assets, many of which form comprise elements within large digital media projects.

Introduction to Visual Design

This module provides you with an introduction to the subject of visual design. Throughout the module you’ll be introduced to core design principles, processes and terminology. You will also explore a number of case studies and implement/ apply a basic design process, aiming to build an individual portfolio of design work as you go. You'll be given the opportunity to develop your own design briefs that will require you to research and evaluate a defined problem and be expected to propose an original ‘design concept’ (solution), present your ideas to others for feedback, engage in design criticism, produce a range of original assets (using appropriate industry-standard software) and evaluate your design solution in context.

Introduction to Video and Digital Effects

This module will introduce you to the key principles behind the production of video and effects using digital tools and techniques. You'll explore how to plan and produce a simple video production from concept and storyboarding to shooting script and filming. You will be introduced to the principles of camera technique using digital video cameras, correct use of lighting, framing of shots, video capture and editing. The practical elements of the module will be supported by elements of film and composition theory, online tutorials and industry standard software.

Introduction to Enterprise, Business and Marketing

This module aims to introduce you to business enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital business and services and marketing/advertising concepts. It covers business planning and practice, business strategies and methods and legal/ethical considerations within digital business as a whole. You’ll also be encouraged to consider at each stage how web technologies can be used by businesses to reach their target markets and promote new products or features. You’ll aim to develop new concepts/initiatives/services for digital businesses by exploring, identifying and evaluating digital business opportunities. You'll also study how to review micro/macro environments (relevant to your business ideas), identify funding possibilities and cover professional issues specific to the businesses/services being developed.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

Student Work Showreel


At Huddersfield, we aim to support you to become highly creative, technically skilled and innovative graduates. Our Web Programming BSc(Hons), Web Design BSc(Hons) ad Web Programming with Cyber Security BSc(Hons) courses give you the opportunity to explore various aspects of web design, and programming, and the technology behind web and digital development. Watch our current student work showreel to find out more.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The optional placement year is highly recommended as a means of becoming focused and raising personal knowledge and skills. With our support, you will have the opportunity to gain in experience, maturity and motivation and return better equipped to succeed in your studies and subsequently to secure the graduate job of your choice.

Previous placement providers have included marketing agencies, multimedia creative companies, Buckingham Palace, Dynamic Business Systems, European University Institute in Florence, Great Fridays, Kirklees Council, Microsoft, the NHS, FGH (Grattans), ARM Cambridge, Fantastic Media, Pitchero, Xerox, Ebuyerand Asda.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year [here|http://www.hud.ac.uk/enterprise/enterpriseplacementyear/].

I am currently working on placement in the Web Development team at Kirklees Council. I am enjoying working in a reasonably small team, and I am gaining valuable knowledge not just technical stuff but also interpersonal and professional skills.

None

Sam Overson, Web Design BSc(Hons)

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Research

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, and contribute to society, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, find out more about our Research institutes and centres.

Our students

Your career


Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as graduate web design, user experience architect, digital graphic design manager and IT developer in organisations including the FGH (Freemans Grattan Holdings), Sky Betting & Gaming, Asda and Leeds City Council.**

Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue any career that requires a good honours degree. You could also go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study which may interest you.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2017/18 aggregated).

** Source: LinkedIn

90%* Graduates employed from this course

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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