Media (Digital)

The media industry is in an age of rapid growth, with global communication networks bringing the digital age to every home. You will use a variety of digital art-working programs such as Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop alongside developing your moving image creativity skills as both a cinematographer and as a sound and video producer and editor. This is a mixed medium course where you will create live-action video, animation and graphic design products exploring the art of visual storytelling and marketing. You will also study the media industry; exploring the production roles open to you and gaining an insight into how to start a career in the media sectors. This course is the equivalent of 1.5 conventional A-levels and can be taken alongside 2 further A-level or equivalent subjects. This course has two externally examined papers alongside its centre assessed units.

Awarding Body

Available As

540 DIP540 DipDip

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What will I study?

Although the course is largely practical, you will also develop other core abilities such as collaborative working, communication, and presentation skills. Alongside the practical aspect of the course there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit as well as the successful completion of two mandatory exams.

The two compulsory examined units are:

  • Media Products and Audiences  - sat in January of the first year
  • Pre-Production and Planning -  sat in January of the second year

You will have the chance to resit each exam in June of their year. Such resits would need to be paid for by you. You will be taught the content to successfully complete the exams in the winter terms of each year, alongside other practical based coursework.

The practical based coursework units you can expect to study include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Animation
  • Comics and Graphic Novel storytelling
  • Audio visual promos
  • Advertising Media

(These are subject to change)


This course is being offered as a 540 Foundation Diploma over 2 years

540 Technical Foundation Diploma in Digital Media

This qualification is a similar size to one and a half A-levels. Learners must achieve a total of 8 or 10 units consisting of 2 mandatory examined units and 6 or 8 further units.

How will I learn?

You will develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in digital media to prepare you for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as a digital layout artist, assistant animator, production runner or freelance crew member or for a media related HE course or apprenticeship. You will develop ideas for digital media products and gain a variety of digital media art-working skills. You will also be taught about the media industry and pre-production techniques to prepare you for the mandatory exams. Other skills that you will develop include team working, communication, planning, organising, and adaptability. You will learn about and use a variety of media related hardware and software, including our range of video cameras, camera supports and sound recording and mixing technology. With regards to software you will be taught how to use the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programmes including Adobe Premiere, Addition, After Effects and Photoshop. You will learn via lectures, collaborative in-class discussion, working in small teams and independently both at college and at home.

How will I be assessed?

Learners must successfully complete all the required coursework units and the two mandatory examined units. The exam papers are externally assessed, and the coursework units are assessed by your lecturers and then externally moderated by a visiting examiner from the exam board.

Are there any trips on this course?

Recent trips have been to the Harry Potter studios; The BBFC and the BBC

Are there any extra costs?

There is no expectation that you will provide your own production related equipment (video camera / suitable laptop) however, if you have access to such resources this is beneficial. You will need to bring a suitable USB drive and SD card to every session. It is recommended that you supply basic stationary / folders etc. and that you have printer credit available. Having a suitable external hard drive would also be beneficial. 

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Beyond having the minimum college entry requirements there are no further requirements. However, it will be beneficial if you have studied an  art / media related subject previously. You will need to be creative, imaginative, be able to solve problems and work in an organised and collaborative way on this course.

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Will I earn UCAS points with this course?

This course is the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels.  It can be used to gain UCAS points for university entry or as a training qualification for those wanting to go into work.

What does this course work well with?

This course works well alongside A-levels or vocational subjects such as English, Media, Art, Business Studies, Graphic Design, Computing or Social sciences, such as Psychology and Sociology.  Finding out how people like to work, what they do and how they react to platforms and then producing relevant and challenging material applies to all these areas.

Are there any restrictions with this course?

Yes if you take this course, you cannot do the Journalism course.