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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Extended Certificate in Digital Media Design provides an initial entry point for all learners wishing to study the Advanced Technical Diploma in Digital Media Design or wishing to combine vocational and academic subjects.

This exciting course is designed for those who are interested in using digital technology in the production of creative designs.

The course is industry led and focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s employers demand. It includes a range of mandatory, optional and specialist pathway units, allowing you to really focus on what is right for your chosen career path.

Placing the user at the heart of the experience, you will focus on design and content creation in areas such as photo-imaging, mobile apps, games, websites, interactive guides and installations, digital comics and next generation advertising. You will learn to examine the communication of ideas in a networked world and consider the many impacts of digital media on everyday life.

The course adopts a hands-on approach to teaching and learning and allows you the freedom to explore the areas of creative media that interest you most.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in the subject area. You will need:
• A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language at grade C or above
• An Intermediate Certificate in Creative iMedia Design or a related subject to Merit or Distinction grade and English Language at grade C or above

All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in maths and English, and must present a portfolio of supporting practical work or undertake a related project/task prior to interview to assess their suitability.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration.

Course Content

The Digital Media Design course is vocationally related, industry relevant and suited to a broad range of learning styles and abilities.

The course follows a specific Digital Content for Interactive Media pathway and will equip you with a range of creative media skills. It will provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable transferable skills such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Taught units for digital media production include graphic design, animation, photography, game development and graphic and comic storytelling.

Content for Interactive Media Pathway

  • Three mandatory units
  • Eight optional units

In addition to Digital Media Design, your study programme will include future progression and life skills, enterprise, work-based activity and planning your own learning with a personal coach.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of work will be assessed internally through tutor set assignments. External assessment involves written examinations, including case studies related to the digital media sector. The assessment will involve applying your knowledge and understanding to a range of industrial scenarios and contexts.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic media design toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This course will allow you to progress to the Advanced Technical Diploma in Digital Media Design, a variety of linked foundation and university degree courses, or to employment within the media industries.



You can advance your career in roles such as digital layout artist, digital graphic designer, freelance reporter, web developer/designer, animator and computer graphics modeller.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.

His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.

With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot.

I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.
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