College of Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Systems (BSMS)

This degree is designed to provide the students with knowledge and learning in the various areas of Multimedia. It is aimed to provide students with critical competences and cutting-edge skills of core multimedia, computer interaction, web programming, web design, 3D Design and animation, video processing, audio processing and graphic design.

It is also targeted to enable students to critically analyze, identify, and solve real-world multimedia problems; to design, implement, and evaluate a complete multimedia system to meet desired needs.

Moreover, the students acquire skills to manage multimedia effectively and integrate the multimedia systems into the user environment. It is also targeted that the students acquire an ability of a keen appreciation to demonstrate, professionalism and ethical behavior, including responsible teamwork, creativity and communication skills with professional attitudes, and be prepared for the complexity of the actual work environment and life-long learning.

Programme Aims

The aim of the Multimedia Systems programme is to:

  • Provide a high quality undergraduate educational program in Multimedia Systems needed for their career opportunities or postgraduate education.
  • Enable students to critically analyse, identify and solve real-world problems; to design, implement, and evaluate a multimedia system, or component, to meet desired needs.
  • Instil in students a keen appreciation of and to demonstrate professionalism and ethical behaviour. This includes responsible teamwork, creativity and communication skills with professional attitudes and to prepare them for the complex actual work environment and for life-long learning.


Study Plan

First Year

The student follows university requirement courses: English, Calculus, Physics, Statistics, Human Rights, Modern History of Bahrain and Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Programming.

Second Year

The student will go deeper into programming by learning object oriented programming languages, visual programming and the concepts of data structures.

Third Year

The student will focus on multimedia by learning Human Computer Interaction, Multimedia Software (Image Processing, Video Montage, Graphics Design, and Audio Processing) and Designing and Programming Web Sites.

Fourth Year

The student will start to embrace 3D Graphics by learning how to model objects and animate them. Moreover the student will learn how to create multimedia applications using appropriate tools and software. The student will complete a major project as part of the course.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission at the undergraduate level, an applicant should normally hold a recently issued recognized secondary school certificate or its equivalent. The requirements for admission stated by the University are in all cases the minimum demanded for admission, and their fulfilment by a candidate does not automatically ensure his /her selection. Prior to enrolling at Ahlia University, citizens of non-GCC States should secure residence permits in the Kingdom of Bahrain; otherwise, their admission will be conditional and subject to being rescinded at the discretion of the University

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the demands of an academic programme taught and assessed almost exclusively in the English language. This can be done in one of the following ways:

  • Submission of an internationally recognized certificate of English language proficiency, e.g. Cambridge ESOL SCE or City & Guild’s Pitman Intermediate Level.
  • Attainment of an acceptable score on an internationally recognized examination of English language proficiency, typically either IELTS or TOFEL.
  • Passing the University English language placement test.

Recognized Secondary Certificates

  • Bahraini secondary School certificate (Tawjihia).
  • Secondary school certificates awarded by private secondary school in the Kingdom of Bahrain provided such certificates are endorsed by the Bahraini Ministry of Education.
  • Arab secondary school certificates awarded by Arab Ministries of Education. Where applicable, the streams of these certificates are given the same consideration as the Bahraini Tawjihia.
  • Any other certificates recognized by the Bahraini Ministry of Education as equivalent to a Tawjihia certificate.

Programme Specific Requirements

The applicants who meet the following programme specific admission requirements will be admitted to the programme:

Academic Score in the Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihia) or its Equivalent

  • Unconditional Acceptance: 65%
  • Conditional Acceptance; Passing an interview: 50%
  • Tracks Accepted: Science, Technical, Commercial, General

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

The estimated duration for completion of a Bachelors Degree at Ahlia University is 4 years. This is structured around 134 credit-hours covering 45 courses.

The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 study hours.

  • Application fee BD 20
  • Registration fee BD 200
  • Placement tests fee BD 40
  • Orientation courses BD 1,200
  • First year courses – 12 courses BD 3,500
  • Second year courses – 11 courses BD 3,630
  • Third year courses – 11 courses BD 3,960
  • Fourth year courses – 11 courses BD 4,290

Tuition Discounts

  • Orphans and people with special needs 50%
  • High school graduates 95% or more 50%
  • High school graduates 90% or above 25%
  • High school graduates 80% or more 20%