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Creative Digital Media (Digital Arts and Game Design) (Advanced) - Level 3


This course is designed for those who may wish to pursue a professional career or entry to Higher Education in a multimedia and design related industry.

The Level 3 Diploma in Creative Digital Media is a two year programme of study that gives you the opportunity to explore a career in the fast paced and exciting digital industry. The course will cover web and digital graphic design, digital illustration, 3D modelling and animation. This diverse and creative course enables you to not only develop software skills such as Photoshop, Flash and After Effects but the essential communication, problem solving and industry skills you need to succeed in this digital environment.

In the second year you will be able to continue to develop your skills and understanding of the digital era. You will work on live briefs and meet professionals from a range of roles within the digital industry.


Take a look at some of the work created by current West Notts students.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20232300A1368FREEFREE* to £2882.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Web and digital graphic design
  • Digital illustration and photography
  • Image manipulation
  • 3D modelling and animation
  • Adobe Photoshop and After Effects
  • Video game design and development

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, plus a portfolio with evidence of media work.
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit level, plus a portfolio.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and externally verified.

You will take part in projects and practical workshops based on realistic workplace situations.  

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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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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