International Stage One - Digital Media

International Stage One – Digital Media is all around us in our daily lives, this pathway provides both theory and technical study of digital technology including programming, imaging, and human-computer interaction.

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The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area.

You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen Edinburgh Napier undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at Edinburgh Napier University once you have successfully completed the pathway.

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4 Years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

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Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
International Stage One IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

This module puts the theory and principles underpinning digital imaging into practice, nurturing creative confidence through a practical, learner-focused approach. The interactive seminar sessions explore the important role of visual media in society. The technical aspects are made understandable through hands-on learning and made relevant by reviewing the state of the art in digital imaging and the work of visual practitioners. During this module you will cover the theory, design and creation of digital media, in the context of capturing and demonstrating the experience of the City of Edinburgh.

30 credits

The module aims to establish links between web-based digital production and critical theory. During the module attention will be paid to ethical, legal and social debates surrounding the web and its use. The module also discusses the adoption of digital technology, its impact on society and future and emerging issues. The module content will be shaped by current technological developments.

20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to computer programming for interactive media applications. You will design, write, test and debug programs. You also learn the essentials of computer programming: variables, data types and data structures and programming constructs such conditionals, loops and functions. These programming fundamentals will be used to develop interactive applications so that you can process digital images and implement animations.

20 credits

The module’s aim is to cover the basic theory and methods of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), including human-centred design, the human-centred development lifecycle to ensure creation of highly usable, and accessible, interactive applications and user experiences. You are exposed to real-world HCI challenges. The module also considers aspects of privacy and security and directly addresses a range of transferable skills including information literacy, team working and professional skills.

20 credits

Available Degrees

BSc (Hons)
User Experience (UX) Design
User Experience (UX) Design is a creative dynamic discipline that encourages curiosity creatively expressed through the voice of people. This exciting course encourages you to explore the world of interaction design and user experience with devices and systems.
BSc (Hons)
Web Design and Development
This course will cover key areas in web design and development, including web and mobile application programming, interaction design, organisational frameworks, as well as human, cultural, and social issues. This allows you to specialise in this vibrant area while gaining a solid foundation of the broader principles of computing.
BSc (Hons)
Digital Media and Interaction Design
Studying this course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the role digital media and interaction design plays within our lives, exploring how people use and respond to emerging technology and media.

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