Digital cinema and data science, the two new UOC degree courses

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Anna Torres Garrote
The coming academic year the UOC will add to the programmes its offers with seven master's degrees and an online vocational training course

Digital Film and Applied Data Science are the two new bachelor's degree courses the UOC will offer in the coming academic year. With regard to university master's degrees, the seven new courses include one dedicated to Food for Physical Activity and Sport and another dedicated to eHealth. The existing programmes offered and the new ones – in the process of being verified – will be on display at the stand the University is taking to the education expos Sal Futura and Sal de l'Ensenyament, starting on 14 March.

The new qualifications aim to meet the demand of new professional profiles. The aim of the Degree in Digital Film is to train multi-disciplinary professionals able to adapt to the changes that are taking place throughout the value chain of the film industry as a result of digitization. New concepts such as video on demand (VOD), crossmedia, transmedia, crowdfunding, immersive experiences and virtual and augmented reality cinema, which stem from the growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs), are contributing to increased consumption of films and TV series. This degree will be a three year course (180 ECTS credits).

The other new degree course will be in Applied Data Science, training professionals to use large datasets to tackle complex problems, applying innovative solutions and working in multi-disciplinary teams, in a critical manner and exercising strong communication skills. According to several studies, the demand for such professionals is growing by more than fifty per cent every year in Spain, and many of these job positions remain vacant.

With regard to the master's degrees, seven new ones will start the coming academic year. They are:

Food for Physical Activity and Sport

Web App and Website Development

Financial Management

Logistics Management

Strategy and Creativity in Advertising

Global MBA


Three postgraduate diplomas will also be offered: Family Law and Mediation, Accounting Management and School Leadership and Management. And five specializations: Phobias and obsessions, Text editing and correction, User experience in cultural organizations, Inflammatory and intestinal diseases, and International Relations, Geopolitics and Global Governance (UOC-IBEI).


A new online vocational training qualification

The UOC and Jesutes Educaci (JE) will extend their online vocational training offer with an advanced-level programme. The new qualification is Infant Education and will start in October. It will also be possible to study the triple cycle of Multi-platform Applications Development, Network Computer Systems Administration and Development of Web Applications. And the double programme of Expert in Marketing and Advertising and Point of Sales Specialist, two cycles which complement each other and which, taken together, will allow the student to save approximately twenty-five per cent of class hours.

Another new offering in vocational training will start in March. This is the advanced-level training cycle in Social Integration, which has been created to meet the growing demand for employee profiles within the third sector and social services organizations. The course will allow students to learn how to apply resources and strategies to programme social integration activities, prevent gender-based violence, promote employment and occupational integration, and develop social interventions for elderly persons or create action plans to integrate migrants within society, among others.

The online vocational training will provide a service to new groups in society at a time in which learning environments are undergoing a profound transformation and in which it is necessary to meet the needs of the business world.

The JE and UOC proposal also offers an alternative to a sector of the population that does not have access to face-to-face courses, either because this offer is not available where they live or because their working hours prevent them from doing this training in the traditional way.

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