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Welcome media (creative) applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Head of Department, Kerry Pilcher

FAQs - media courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    Our media courses are based at the Derby Road campus, Mansfield, in our Create facility. This is a dedicated area with rooms for study and practical work. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    College is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. We expect our students to behave in the way that they would in a job with an employer. Attendance and punctuality are very important too.

  • What will I study?

    You can follow either a film and TV route or a digital design and games route. The courses are a mix of practical sessions, either in the TV studio or editing suites, and traditional classroom learning. While there is plenty of opportunity to do hands-on designing, filming and editing work, there is an expectation that classroom learning is brought to life by practical sessions. Digital design sessions will see you designing websites, branding, 3D modelling and photo editing. The higher the level of study programme that you’re on, there will be more theory combined with practical. The team involve the students in lots of project work, helping them learn ‘on the job’. Some of these projects are for local employers and you will be expected to present back ideas to them as well as deliver professional-standard finished products.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

  • What will I have to wear?

    Media students can wear whatever they want to come to college in, as long as it’s appropriate and isn’t offensive. We have no dress codes in terms of hair colour, jewellery etc.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 you will be expected to complete a work placement. Past students have enjoyed some great placements with really good employers and often undertake live briefs with clients. The central work placement team can help find you an opportunity. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and maybe even move into a job.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. The college runs its own creative agency where students are given the opportunity to work on real briefs for employers and departments within the college itself.

  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

    Submit your portfolio

    Have you had an offer of a place on a media course?

    Have you sent us examples of your work yet? If not, please see below.

    We ask that you provide at least two examples of work that you have produced. This may be a short film, documentary, music video or other examples of audio visual production. You may also submit a portfolio of design work that can include digital/web design, photography, animation or other creative work. Sketchbook pages, storyboards etc are also acceptable.

    You will need to clearly label your files and should include your full name.

    If your files are too large to send by email, please use a service such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or similar and email us the link.

    Please only send your work to us, if you have an offer of a place.

    Submit your portfolio

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    Watch - What our students say

    Georgia is proud of all the skills and techniques she’s mastered on the creative digital media course.

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    Watch - What our students say

    Josh speaks direct from the television studios at the college, highlighting all the equipment he’s used to help bring him new skills in media production.

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    Watch - Showreel

    Take a look at our creative media production students in the classroom where they learn the skills associated with the course, as well as on location filming and in the studio using the state-of-art equipment to edit their work.

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    Meet the tutors

    Get to know to know a bit more about your tutors before you join us.

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    Get social

    Check out the creative media social channels to get a glimpse of the projects that our students work on.

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Chris's letter

    Read Emily's letter

    Read Harrison's letter

    Read Josh's letter

    Read Molly's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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