Digital & Creative Industries
Art & Design
Led by a team of specialist lecturers, who are also practising artists and designers, the Art & Design Department has built a reputation for quality and success. We have a varied programme of exhibition visits and guest lecturers and actively seek out live arts-based projects to provide real world arts industry experiences. The school has excellent facilities including a print room with silk screen, etching and lithography presses, a 3D workshop for wood, metal and resin processes, photographic studios with wet and dry rooms, an Apple Mac room, ceramics and life drawing studios, and studios for graphics and textiles.
Jobs can be highly competitive, and enthusiasm, commitment and strong teamwork are essential for success. Some of our students have also gone on to work on exciting live artist projects.
Students who completed the highest level course have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, Photography, Video Production, 3D Design Crafts, Fashion & Textiles, and Illustration at institutions such as Falmouth University College, University of Brighton, Winchester School of Art, University of Salford and UWE. Students also went on to work as freelance artists, fashion designers and production assistants at companies such as Habitat, Next and the BBC.
Media production is an interesting and varied subject that is hugely rewarding for dedicated and enthusiastic people. Our highly successful courses are designed to inspire with industry award-winning teaching staff and access to state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard software in our new media centre THE HIVE. This area of study offers students a wide range of career paths and opportunities for further study at university level.
The European Commission considers the digital and creative industries the most dynamic emerging sector in Europe to work in and the most important driver of innovation in other sectors.
The creative industry employs around two million people with employment in the sector having grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole.
Working you way through the levels can lead to Higher Education and work in the media industry. Jobs can be highly competitive so enthusiasm, commitment and strong teamwork are essential for success.
Previous students have gained places on courses such as BSC (Hons) Computing, BA (Hons) Television Production and BA (Hons) Design for Games, at institutions such as Southampton Solent University, Bournemouth University and Plymouth College of Art. Many of our former students are now working in the media industry and elsewhere in the cultural sector.
Interactive Media Production
With media industries and production becoming more convergent it is difficult to imagine any area of media, marketing and entertainment production which does not require an interactive element: journalism, web developers, graphic artists, animator, marketeers, advertising, sales, researchers, writers, sound designers, photographers, content creators, specialist lawyers, programmers.
Students who complete this course can apply to degrees such as FdA Interactive Media, FdA Digital Media Design, FdA Video Production with Multimedia, BA (Hons) Digital Media Production. Many of our former media students are now working in the media industry and elsewhere in the cultural sector.