Creative Arts & Digital Industries

This is for you if… you’re imaginative, inventive, creative and are looking for a career in media or the arts. Our Art & Design courses are led by a team of specialist lecturers, who are also practising artists and designers. The department has a varied programme of exhibition visits and guest lecturers and actively seeks out live arts-based projects to provide students with real-world, arts-industry experiences.

Media production is an interesting and varied subject that is hugely rewarding for dedicated and enthusiastic people. Media offers students a wide range of career paths and opportunities for further study at university level:

  • Graphic artists
  • Animator
  • Marketers
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Researchers
  • Writers
  • Sound designers
  • Photographers
  • Content creators
  • Specialist lawyers
  • Web developers
  • Programmers.

If this sounds appealing our Interactive Media Production courses could be ideal for you.

Career prospects

Creative arts degrees open more doors than ever before, according to The Telegraph. Jobs in this field can be highly competitive, and enthusiasm, commitment and strong teamwork are essential for success. 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.

Our Art & Design 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.

Working your way through the levels of our Creative Media courses can lead to Higher Education and work in the media industry. 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. 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. Students who complete the Interactive Media Production course can apply to degrees such as FdA Interactive Media, FdA Digital Media Design, FdA Video Production with Multimedia, BA (Hons) Digital Media Production.

Why study with us?

Our highly successful Media 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 media centre, The Hive. Thanks to the inspirational teaching of our dedicated and committed staff, many of our former students are now working in the media industry and elsewhere in the cultural sector. Art and Design students can expect excellent facilities including a print room with silk screen, etching and 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.

Next steps

Click on the course link in the table for more information, including entry requirements, assessment and course content. You may also want to discuss courses with teaching staff and students at one of our Open Evenings and apply for a place online.