Media Communication and Computer Science, B.Sc.
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Society has become nearly inseparable from modern information technology, perhaps nowhere more than in communications. New technology, based on ever more complex solutions, is breaking down traditional disciplinary borders and the entire global media landscape is undergoing fundamental changes, creating great opportunities – and a host of new challenges – for software developers in media and communications.
In our degree programme we attach great importance to a curriculum that trains and prepares you for these challenges and more in the most interdisciplinary and practice-oriented way possible. As a result, we combine computer science with the study of New Media and modern web technology. This combined approach is designed to produce confident graduates who are ready and able to face the diverse challenges of the career world.
What you will study
Your first semester is dedicated to introducing you to the exciting fields of computer science and media. You’ll acquire a solid foundation in applied computer science and will build upon this foundation with new knowledge and skills in web development, visualisation, media technology and advanced interactive technology.
This programme offers a range of emphasis areas in later semesters. If you’re interested in ‘traditional’ information technology, you might be drawn towards advanced courses in software development or media and computing. If you’re interested in alternative paths, you can instead explore 3D modelling and animation, game development and visualisation.
Practical relevance is an extremely important part of this degree programme. Frequent project-based assignments, whether in small-groups or large teams, require you to tackle realistic challenges together with interdisciplinary teams of students from other bachelor‘s programmes in the Faculty of Communication and Environment. Your choice of electives, projects and eventually the sixth-semester internship or semester abroad will allow you to define your own emphasis area and pave the way to your desired career at companies in Germany or abroad.
In the seventh semester you will finish your studies by submitting your bachelor’s thesis, followed by holding a presentation and an open discussion on your research.
The internet is rapidly becoming an indispensable platform for companies, public administrations and cultural institutions world-wide. Software developers in media and communications have a bright future in any organisation that relies on media-based products. This naturally includes software companies and video game developers, but also media companies in press, film and television.
You can also continue your studies with a follow-on master‘s degree from the Faculty of Communication and Environment, for example ‘Usability Engineering’, ‘Information Engineering and Computer Science’ or ‘Digital Media’. Each programme seamlessly builds upon the foundations imparted by this undergraduate programme with advanced expertise in specific focus areas.
We welcome applications from nationals of all countries. Please check here for general admission requirements.
Other requirements for Media Communication and Computer Science, B.Sc.:
- A sufficient level of German language proficiency (CEFR level B2 or better).
- Completion of an 8-week internship before the start of the 4th semester. You can also do this internship in your home country before applying to Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
- Interest in new media, web technologies, media design and the development of interactive user interfaces.
What else should I bring to the course?
The following knowledge and skills will prove very useful:
- Logical thinking skills and enjoyment of mathematics
- Previous programming experience
- Good presentation skills, particularly for new ideas
- Teamwork skills
The decision to pursue a degree with a concentration in Computer Science is ultimately a personal one. Nobody should feel pressured into pursuing a degree because there’s a lack of specialists in a certain field or because a certain degree programme is offered nearby. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why so many students drop out of these programmes within the first year. If math has always been a thorn in your side, then degrees involving Computer Science are best avoided. However, if you merely lack a solid background in mathematics, but not the motivation or talent to make up for it, then you’re in the right place. We’ll provide you with the mathematical knowledge and tools you’ll need to succeed.
If you’re considering a degree in Media Communication and Computer Science, note that the Faculty of Communication and Environment offers you additional ways to learn more about the degree programme and its content. We welcome and encourage you to sit in on different lectures during our Sneak Study event, visit us during our annual Open Day or arrange individual visits to lectures during the semester!
When and how to apply
Application guidelines for international applicants
Please contact us for more information and advice
Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25, Germany
Tel.: +49 2842 90825-0
Head of Degree Programme
Prof. Dr Frank Zimmer
Prospective students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Rhine-Waal students can find a contact form and FAQs here.