Develop the skills required for a career in the media industry, including web authoring, producing digital graphics, photography, web design, animation techniques, media campaigns and television adverts.


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

Creative Media Level 3

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

Apprenticeship in IT

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Zoe Bulsara

Zoe Bulsara

The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.

Creative Media Level 3

  • Description

    Units covered may include the following:

    • Film and video editing techniques
    • Digital graphics for interactive media
    • Factual programme production techniques
    • Music video production
    • Advert production for TV
    • Social action and community media production
    • Presentation techniques
    • News production for radio
    • Photography and photographic practise
    • Interactive media authoring
    • Web animation for interactive media

    Students also complete a skills project to help build confidence and employability skills. It covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge and help with employment potential.

    The full Extended Diploma in Interactive Media, carries the same UCAS tariff as three A Levels. It is achieved by completing a range of units through assignments, controlled assessments and exams

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSE passes at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.

    Students who have not yet achieved grade 4 (C) in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

    Students must demonstrate a keenness to learn new digital techniques and apply in a wide range of applications, e.g. websites, posters packaging, digital images.

  • Qualification

    BTEC National Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Interactive Media)

  • Progression

    Successful students may progress onto the HNC Graphic Design, employment or an advanced apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.

    Assignments set have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students will also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.

  • Work Placement

    Students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students will be offered the opportunity to visit location sites, exhibitions and shows and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.