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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 Diploma 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

Diploma: 720 GLH

  • Five mandatory units
  • Seven pathway options
  • 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 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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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former BTEC student Helen leads Derby innovation showcase

A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.

Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."

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