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

Pearson BTEC
Media, Multimedia & Journalism

Course Overview

Find your specialism/pathway in the areas of: Graphic Design/Illustration/ Motion-Design/Animation/Video Production/Web Design/UX and UI Design We do Marketing/Social Media Advertising/Promotions/Campaigns/Live Performance and Art Based Conceptual Projects. We use the Adobe suite - (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Premiere, After Effects, Animate), FCPX, 3DSMax, Resolume/Touch Designer If you are from a Fine Art or Moving Image or Computing background then this course could be ideal for you. Driven by client led ‘live’ briefs and projects, this creative course is about producing and presenting high quality visual content for marketing/advertising/promotion/Artistic purposes and engaging in campaigns for educational and commercial purposes. This visual communication course will help you to find your specialism and develop your Professional Identity through experience of Live Projects/working with Live Clients and a portfolio/showreel showing a selection of design styles/professional quality. The course encourages the development of imagination, initiative, original ideas and a professional work ethic for the production of the highest quality portfolio/show-reel of individual styles which places students in the best possible position when seeking employment or continuing to higher education.
  • Start Date
    2 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: 02/09/2024

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

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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    I studied Level 2 Maths and English and successfully passed both. It was a great course, and it was great working in a smaller group. I’ve made friends for life and I’m considering progressing to another part-time course with the College.
    Paul Cotton (Strabane)
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    My time at NWRC gave me the confidence to open my own Beauty Salon. Now I'm a part-time lecturer for the College.
    Vanessa Canning (Hair & Beauty)
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