BSc. Computing & Information Systems (Hons)

This degree will give you the fundamental skills needed to become an information systems professional. You will learn how to turn a proposal into a working system that can develop and grow to meet new and changing needs.

The aim of the degree is to give you a wide appreciation of the subject, rather than just an understanding of existing commercial approaches or limited software languages and packages. In this way, your understanding and knowledge can adapt and evolve to meet the demands of the industry, and thus increase your career prospects.

This degree is designed to enable you to become a technically competent user of computing technology. This is a solid, thorough course that provides all of the necessary components for success in enterprise computing. The course is mathematically based, and from this the concepts underlying modern computer technology are studied. In addition to core courses in programming, databases and internet computing, optional courses will allow you to focus on specialist areas. The final project will give you the opportunity to develop an extended piece of individual work that can be added to your portfolio to show potential employers.

The awarding body for this programme is the University of London, and academic direction for this course is provided by Goldsmiths.

You can read more at the University of London website

[+] Benefits of the Degree

It will give you the ability to become a leader, a technically competent manager, able to comprehend management requirements for the organisation in business terms and lead a team of technical professionals in providing IS solutions that meet such needs.
The degree will be valued by employers who are looking for people who can demonstrate logical and quantitative reasoning, for example in the spheres of accountancy, banking or general management.

[+] Is this for me?

This degree is for you if you wish to:
  • pursue a career in management, software engineering or computer programming, based on a strong technical competence in information systems.
  • develop your career by gaining in-depth practical skills on top of a solid theoretical basis.
  • gain an edge through a qualification that emphasises understanding as well as using software which will establish you as a leader and innovator.
  • develop skills in various aspects of programming such as computer systems development, database management systems, ecommerce, computer security and artificial intelligence.

[+] A Message from the Course Director

Knowledge of how to use digital technology is essential today. Understanding how the technology works, and how it can be applied, is a passport to a successful career.

This is the cornerstone of the Computing programmes offered by Goldsmiths: innovative application of computing technology, underpinned by rigorous study of the technology itself. The Computing and Information Systems degree provides a solid grounding in computer technology, particularly software, and strengthens this by exposing you to its application in the world of business and information systems. The Creative Computing degree gives a similar grounding in technology-also including hardware- and focuses on its application in creative contexts, such as music, visual arts and computer games.

Both programmes are designed to enable you to become a technically competent user of computing technology, but they give you more than that: they give you the potential to become a developer, innovator and leader in your field. They also provide a path to a variety of higher degrees that can further differentiate you to today's competitive employment market, or provide the basis for a career in research.

Computing and Information Systems is a solid, thorough course that provides all of the necessary components for success in enterprise computing. The course is mathematically based, and from this the concepts underlying modern computer technology are studied. In addition to core courses in programming, databases and internet computing, optional courses allow you to focus on specialisms such as artificial intelligence. A project gives you the opportunity to develop an extended piece of individual work that can be added to your portfolio to show potential employers. Many students tell us they find the project both the most challenging and the most inspiring part of the degree.

Creative Computing is a unique course that combines the development of artistic creativity and technical computer expertise, to produce the next generation of creative computing professionals. The focus of the course is the creative thinking which grows out of the juxtaposition of science and art. This programme is aimed at those who want to work at the intersection of technology and art, in web development, animation, games, mobile and other creative software applications. It is also appropriate for artists, musicians, film-makers and other who wish to apply their creative thinking to original software development, and for computing professionals who wish to include a creative component in their work.

We look forward to welcoming you, whichever programme you choose.

Dr Maggie Cooper

Course Director

Goldsmiths College