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Higher National Certificate - Interactive Media



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12 hours contact time per week plus tutorial support, plus independent study.



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What does this course involve?

The programme has been carefully crafted to match the National Occupational Standards identified for the Interactive Media sector and, as such aims to prepare you for a career within the Interactive Media industries. The course is spilt into a wide range of units which will enable you to develop skills specific to industry. 1: Visual Communication in Art and Design 2: Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design 3: Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design 4: Professional Practice in Art and Design Optional units (selected from the Person specification) 67: Interactive Media Principles 64: Interactive Media Web Authoring 81: Digital Video Post-Production and Editing 104: Lens-based Recording Techniques in Art and Design Other Possible Units 65: Animation Techniques for Interactivity in Art and Design 71: Sound Production and Editing Using Interactive Media 75: Website Creation and Management 85: Video Production 111: Digital Image Creation and Development You will gain the knowledge to undertake these through lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study activities. Modules within this course will include: • Digital Photography • Graphic Design • Media Theory • Professional Practice • Video Production • Website Design As you progress, ‘live’ briefs from external clients will be introduced, building on our established brand College Films, and creating a network of local commission-offering businesses. You will be able to enter the digital industries at the forefront of regeneration in the creative sector, developing the skills needed to further develop at degree level or enter employment through internships. Your study package will include: Student membership of the British Interactive Media Association and an International visit to view the latest innovations and developments in the international digital media market. Previous destinations include New York and Berlin.


What qualifications do I need?

An offer of a place on the Higher National Certificate is offered in terms of grades up to a certain number of UCAS tariff points. A typical offer for entry to an HNC is 120 UCAS tariff points and you should possess or be working towards GCSE grades C and above in English and maths. If you have any questions about making your application or need further support, please contact, use our Live Chat, or visit For international students please visit


a) Lectures: these provide core and critical introductions to the concepts, issues and competing perspectives associated with particular subject-matters. b) Group critiques / seminars: group critiques, where students present and discuss their work with their peers and tutors will be used to promote reflective learning in practice-based units c) Tutorials: provide the opportunity for a dialogue with individual students and the supervision of their written assignments and practical projects d) Textual analysis: the close study of the designed artefact to develop the vocabulary and conceptual tools of analysis. e) Set reading: provides opportunities for students to develop their independent learning in a guided context. f) Assignment Submission: Assignment set briefs where students will respond to the set brief using the skills taught to produce effective design work.

Fees & Costs

For UK students £6,000 per year (one year programme)
For non-EU students £6,600 per year (one year programme)

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All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.


Students will be well placed to progress on to full degree programmes at other institutions. Depending on an individual institutions’ entry requirements, students may be able to progress directly on to the second year of a full degree programme in Interactive Media or other related subjects. Students may also choose to go straight into the workplace, either as part of established companies or as freelance workers. Students will develop their freelance work skills by taking part in activities within the Creative Agency. Example careers: Film editor/assistant film editor Director Producer Script Writer Cinematographer Camera Operator Lighting Director Sound Engineer Photographer Graphic Designer Freelance Videographer

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