Digital Arts & Technology Higher National Diploma


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Application for this course is via UCAS UCAS Institution/Course Codes: Institution Code: W66, Course Code: 497N This course follows the Pearson HND/HNC Diploma in Interactive Media (QCF) (which will be the title of the final award given to students on this course). This is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits of which 80 are mandatory core. The BTEC Level 5 HND programme must contain a minimum of 125 credits at level 5 or above. This two year programme of study provides a powerful mix of theory and practice for the digital artists of the future. You will learn a wide range of technical skills and apply them in projects including digital design, 3D animation, digital video, interactive audio and the code that pulls it all together. This programme will train you to use technology to express ideas to an audience. This course is ideally suited to two kinds of students: Post-Technical: These will be mainly ICT students who want to follow a more creative path so that they can enter the world of design, app building, 3D modelling, games design or digital art. It is likely that these students will be more focused on the creative industries such as advertising. A good example of interactive advertising is this: Post-Creative: These will be mainly art students who want to express themselves with digital tools instead of following the traditional route of painting, drawing or sculpting. A good example of this kind of digital art installation is this:

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with 48 UCAS points achieved. Applications are invited from a wide range of backgrounds including mature students who hold relevant work experience and/or qualifications, and/or learning through experience. International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course. Applicants will normally be invited for interview.

Course Content

Year 1 Units: Visual Communication in Art and Design; Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design; Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design; Professional Practice in Art and Design; Sound Production & Editing using Interactive Media; Interactive Media Web Authoring; Audio-Visual Techniques in Interactive Media; 2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications Year 2 Units: Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation; Interactive Media Teamwork; 3D Modelling and Animation; Website Creation and Management; Professional Sound Production using Interactive Media; Digital Video Post-production and Editing; Lens-based Recording; Techniques in Art and Design; Digital Image Creation and Development Units Directory

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this course will be through coursework. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.


Depending on the entry requirements of individual universities successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to top up to a range of degree level courses in related subject areas. There are currently on-going negotiations with a partner university to agree a designated top up. Further details will be available shortly.


The course fees for all students for this course will be £5750 per annum for 2017/18. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website For information and advice on course fees please contact Roz Osborne at email or telephone 01305 764733. Additional course costs include £5 refundable HE Centre pass and a £24 College parking permit if applicable *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.