Moving into the digital media field of studying was new for me as a former business student. But I’m so happy that I did it! In case you’re not sure about the BSc Interactive Media course, I’m here to tell you 3 things to look forward to about it at York.
Compared to a BA, a BSc emphasises practical work instead of just theoretical. Meaning you will be well equipped for working in technical roles such as a developer or designer by the time you graduate. In the first year you will learn digital storytelling, investigating how interactive media interacts with stories. You’ll learn other technical skills such as software using, programming and design for technologies too. All the modules covered in the first year are useful for interactive media jobs such as, but not limited to, game and web design.
Speaking of games, people tend to equate Interactive Media with game design which isn’t totally correct. Most of my classmates do love games but I don’t. So don’t worry if it’s not for you either. You’ll love the course as long as you’re passionate about creativity and technology.
Unlike high school, university has a flexible work schedule. You will only have a few hours of lectures, seminars and film screenings (in the Digital Culture Aesthetics and Storytelling module) a week in the first year. You will spend most of your time on practical sessions as it is the most important part of this degree. It’s much easier to understand the concepts you’re learning by practice too. Aside from set practicals, you are expected to find additional materials and learn it yourself in your spare time. By enhancing your technical skills you’ll be more confident when seeking technical job opportunities in the future.
Small class sizes
The course sizes at York are really small. Unlike other departments there are only about 65 people doing the course this year. This is a good thing as the supervisors and lecturers can pay more attention to each student, and you get to know each other. This is especially important when you’re doing practical projects and getting more feedback from the lecturers on your work.
I hope this gave you an idea of things to look forward to at York, I’m sure you’ll love studying Interactive Media here.