Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Creative Computing


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths is renowned for teaching and research in creative, cultural and cognitive disciplines.

Students are encouraged to explore ideas, challenge boundaries, investigate fresh ways of thinking, and stretch their minds.

The Department of Computing applies computer science to the arts, media, music, design, games and business.

This programme is suitable for those who wish to work at the intersection of technology and art, Web development, animation, games, mobile and other applications, and the development of new creative software applications.


Course Start Date & End Date

Sep 2018 – Jun 2021 (FT)
Inclusive of UOL Final Examination (3 years)


S$37,800.00 (est.)

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE scholarships available


Application for the 2018 intake is now open.

Next application deadline: 7 Feb 2018

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.

Combining artistic creativity and computer competency

A unique course combining the development of artistic creativity and technical computer expertise to produce the next generation of creative computing professionals.

Focus is on creative thinking which grows out of the juxtaposition of science and art.

This programme is aimed at those who may want to work at the intersection of technology and art, Web development, animation, games, mobile and other applications, and the development of new creative software applications.

It is also appropriate for artists, musicians, film-makers and others 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.

Job Prospects

In the 2016 Graduate Employment Survey, it was found that 84% of graduates were employed within six months of the final examinations. Among them, 82% were working in jobs related to their course of study.


Teaching Faculty

Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson is 3 hours.

Mode of Study

Full time classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Saturday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm or 3.30pm. There are occasional classes on weeknights at 7pm and on Sundays and public holidays. Classes for part-time programmes are held from 7pm to 10pm on weeknights or on Saturdays, with occasional classes on Sundays and public holidays. Local students may transfer between the part-time and full-time programme after a year, at the annual course enrolment exercise for continuing students.

Learning Support 

  • Annual intensive revision from mid-March to end-April (lessons may be held in the evenings / weekends / public holidays).
  • Classes on study skills, academic writing and Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.

Academic Materials

  • Virtual Learning Environment
  • SIMConnect portal
  • University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies

Programme Calendar

Class starts / Sep 2018
Examination Entry Exercise / Jan 2019
SIM Preliminary Exam / Feb 2019
Revision / Mar – Apr 2019
University exams / May 2019
Results released / Mid-Aug 2019

Candidature Period

IFP + Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 4 years / 8 years
Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 3 years / 8 years
Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 3 years / 8 years
Standard BSc (Hons) (With APL - 8 units) 2 years / 8 years

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum period.

At SIM, students who are academically weak and find it difficult to progress or complete the programme within the minimum duration will receive counselling. SIM reserves the right to withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.

SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.


Students are required to complete a total of 12 full courses:

Level 1

  • CO1102 Mathematics for computing
  • CO1109 Introduction to Java and object-oriented programming
  • CO1110 Introduction to computing and the Internet
  • CO1112 Creative computing I: image, sound and motion

Level 2

  • CO2209 Database systems
  • CO2220 Graphical object-oriented and Internet programming in Java
  • CO2226 Software engineering, algorithm design and analysis
  • CO2227 Creative computing II: interactive multimedia

Level 3*
Three compulsory half units:

  • CO3346 Sound and music
  • CO3348 Interaction design
  • CO3355 Advanced Graphics and Design

PLUS three half-courses from the following:

  • CO3310 Artificial intelligence
  • CO3311 Neural networks
  • CO3318 Information systems management
  • CO3323 Electronic commerce
  • CO3326 Computer security
  • CO3353 Software engineering project management (CO2226)

PLUS a compulsory project:

  • CO3320 Project (full unit)

* SIM reserves the right to change the units offered based on relevance, practicality and demand, in consultation with Goldsmiths.

For certain Level 3 units, pre-requisites or co-requisites may be required. Please refer to the units indicated in the brackets.

Synopsis of Programme Curriculum

Sample of full-time class schedule

Entry Requirements

General Entrance Requirements (GER) are:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Have at least equivalent to B grade at GCE 'O' Level Mathematics
  • Provide proof of competence in English acceptable to the University, such as a pass (Grade C6 and above) in the GCE 'O' Level English Language Examination
  • Passes in 2 subjects at GCE 'A' level (or H2 level) and at least 3 subjects at GCE 'O' level (at not less than grade C) or
  • Passes in 3 subjects at GCE 'A' level (or H2 level) and at least 1 subject at GCE 'O' level (at not less than grade C) or
  • Possess diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore

Foreign Applicants:

Click here for information on overseas qualifications

Estimated Overall Fees

BSc (12 units for 3 years)
Year 1 : $13,000.00
Year 2 : $12,200.00
Year 3 : $12,600.00
Total course fee : $37,800.00

The Estimated Overall Fee is made up of :
1. Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
2. UOL Application Fee
3. UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1)
4. UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3)
5. UOL examination fee (payable to  UOL and RELC Examinations Bureau)

 Application Fees Applies

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees

Payable to SIM

Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
12 full units : $26,700.00

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £84.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1) : £770.00
UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3) : £377.00
UOL Examination Fee (BSc, 12 full units) : $8,300.00

Note: Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.

This estimated University of London examination fee, payable in S$ to the RELC Examinations Bureau, includes an admin fee (per paper) to RELC. All UOL fees are subjected to yearly revision.

Click here to refer to the Miscellaneous fees.

Scholarships and Awards

SIM GE scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

Holders of relevant IT qualifications or diplomas may be considered by UOL for Accreditation of Prior Learning (exemption) of up to 4 full courses at combined Levels 1 and 2.

List of automatic exemptions


Lecturers & their Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:62



Assessment & Exams

Pass the assessment for 12 full units to complete the programme.

Except for unit CO1102 Mathematics for computing, whose assessment is 100% examination-based, all other units have both coursework and examination components.

Most full and half units require students to complete two assignments. Both coursework and an examination are compulsory.

Grading Scheme

70-100 : First Class Honours
60-69   : Upper Second Class Honours
50-59   : Lower Second Class Honours
40-49   : Third Class Honours
0-39     : Fail


The examinations are held only once a year in May. To commence on the Level 3 units, candidates must have passed at least 6 full units at Level 1 and 2 combined. To commence work on the Level 3 final year project, a minimum of three Level 2 units must have been passed. Candidates who do not perform well may fail the coursework and/or the examination component.

It is possible to repeat only the component you have failed. A candidate can re-sit a paper while pursuing other new units.

Units which have been passed may not be retaken. Students are allowed to progress through each academic year, repeat failed unit/s immediately the following year till they meet the requirement to graduate.

Attendance requirement

Local: 75%
Student's Pass holders: 90%


The award of the BSc (Hons) degree requires successful completion of all 12 units.

A student who does not qualify for honours may be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education as an exit award.

Graduates may choose to participate in the presentation ceremony on SIM campus in April or the University of London (UK) in March.

Graduates of the UOL International Programmes may progress to postgraduate studies either locally or overseas.