Passionate about computing careers, but not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Coming to computing with no formal background in the subject? This one-year computing foundation is the ideal way to learn essential programming, web design, networking and security skills before starting a specialist three-year course. Our computing courses are part of the School of Media Arts and Technology, where there are courses covering every aspect of computing and media technology. On completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to join the first year of a course within the computing area. You’ll get to grips with the basics of computer programming by taking part in creative and fun practical projects. These will be carried out under the guidance of a teaching team with a wide portfolio of experience and skills. Personal development is crucial - you will be supported in improving your academic confidence and start on the road to becoming an independent learner. We encourage teamwork and cross-discipline collaboration, both of which are highly valued by employers. Solent’s computing team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. You will be encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements, attend industry events and learn from specialist guest speakers. Successful completion of the Computing foundation year will provide a pathway to the Web Design and Development degree. The web design and development programme at Southampton Solent University addresses the rapidly expanding market for professionally-designed web-based applications. Students will study the aesthetics of web design alongside the underlying programming to address the market’s need for professionally-designed web applications. The course maintains a strong practical focus, and students are introduced to professional design methodologies, such as prototyping and Agile, during their studies. Students are also taught to visualise interactive interfaces through rapid design prototyping and collaborative design, grounding their study of the web invaluable real-world experience with interactive multimedia and e-commerce services. Past students have benefitted from a guest lecture programme with regular talks by industry speakers from agencies including Rockit Design and Adido.