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Digital Design (Level 4 / 5 Higher National Certificate / Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Media, Multimedia & Journalism

Course Overview

The HND Digital Design course provides an immersive experience across various design disciplines, equipping creative students with real-world skills tailored to evolving industry demands. Specialisms include Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Animation, Video Production, Web Design and more.
The course features live briefs, providing hands-on experience in solving real design challenges and meeting client expectations. Students utilize industry-standard Adobe tools and emerging technologies to align with current practices. A strong emphasis is placed on developing a professional work ethic, fostering imagination and initiative.
Students gain expertise in content creation for marketing, social media advertising, promotions and campaigns. The intersection of design with live performance and conceptual art is also explored for a holistic approach to visual communication.
Career preparation is a key focus, with students curating high-quality portfolios and showreels reflecting their individual styles.
Integration of AI into the research stage-students will be better equipped to analyse data, identify design trends, and generate ideas efficiently.
This forward-thinking course equips graduates for success in employment or further education within the fast-paced world of digital design.
  • Start Date
    9 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 / 5 Higher National Certificate / Diploma Digital Design
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    £2,500 per annum (subject to change)

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Professional Development
  • Communication in Art and Design
  • Advanced Digital Design Studies
  • Applied Collaborative Practice
  • Contextual Stuides
  • Visual Narratives
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Screen Based Practice
  • Moving Image
  • Conceptual Practice
  • Creative Industries Placement
  • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Professional Practice
  • Brand Professional Development
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Screen-based Practices
  • Digital Design Practices
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson Set)
  • Creative Industries Placement
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS Points plus GCSE (Grade C or above) in English; Interview also required

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS Points plus OLC (Grade 05 or above) in English. Interview also required

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Interview Required

Work Placement

Work Placement is part of the wider programme of learning and aims to bridge the transition from college to employment. Work experience, as described in this brief, can take a variety of forms: shadowing professionals freelance operation (freelance job sourced individually or provided by the college) traditional placement (within a college company model or external company/business). The Work Placement portfolio may comprise one or more of the above types. This brief does not prescribe any one form of work experience and can combine the above categories; negotiation with unit staff is essential to help you decide on the best form of work experience related to your intended career pathway. As a professional, learning is a continuous and life-long process. Within the creative industries there is constant change in technology, materials, processes, legislation and practice. In order to remain up-to-date, it is necessary to recognise the potential of both structured, classroom-based learning and the learning that is gained through professional activities in the studio, office, workshop or on-site. Whether through a traditional industry placement, a freelance opportunity or a simulated industry situation, it is important for students to recognise key industry structures and their related employment patterns and characteristics. Effective workplace learning requires both the application of a skillset and the implementation of appropriate attitudes and behaviours. The development of broader employability attributes and the recognition that transferrable skills are likely to generate and enhance employment opportunities within the creative industries. Work Placement provides a framework in which students have the opportunity to reflect upon and contextualise the learning that they gain from working within the industry. In coordination with tutors and an employer, students will define the scope, duration and content of their expected work-based learning experience. Throughout the period of their work-based learning experience, students will be expected to record their experience and reflect upon their own learning.

What's Next?

Further Study

You can progress into any relevant degree programme at university or begin to explore employment opportunities in this creative field. Students can enter directly into year 2, and in some cases even into year 3 on relevant Degree courses at University.

Career Prospects

Students can find their chosen pathways without having to guess what their future degree title will be *Graphic Design *Illustration *Motion Design *Video Production *Animation *UX/UI Design *Digital Marketing/Advertising


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