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HNC Digital Creative Media

  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time

HNC Digital Creative Media

Creative digital content – from film & video to podcasts to social media to marketing and advertising – is vital in helping individuals and businesses communicate their messages. This course aims to prepare you to work in a variety of creative digital media industries. 

  • What the course includes

    In this course you will create several digital media projects – videos, podcasts, social media marketing campaigns – working on your own projects, and as part of teams to learn about the skills and roles required to work in today’s digital creative industries. 

    You will learn about video production, digital multimedia, online marketing, script writing, digital journalism and how to best sell your skills in a competitive global digital economy. 

    We are partnering with West Lothian employers and organisations to offer real-world learning opportunities to demonstrate your skills development and aid your understanding of how to apply your learning. 

    In the final part of the course you will undertake a creative graded Unit project of your own choosing, where you will plan, produce and evaluate your work, and showcase your year’s work in an end-of-year event. 

    Successful completion of the course results in the award of an HNC in Creative Industries: Media and Communication. 

Why choose this course

The course offers you opportunities to develop a wide range of employable creative skills and knowledge, helping you choose your future pathways through a variety of creative industries, as well as developing your transferable employability skills such as resilience, reliability, team working and communication. 

All our students develop a portfolio of creative digital work throughout the course by working with real-world clients, which they then use to demonstrate their abilities to prospective employers, or as the basis for applications to further study at HND or degree level. 

In previous years, many of our students have gone on to success at honours degree level at university, and/or have gained employment working in broadcasting and other creative industries in the UK and in the USA. 

Entry requirements

  • One Higher (English or Media studies)  
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media, or in a related subject  
  • Work experience may allow entry, depending on interview. 
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    Where it leads

    Education: On achievement of this course, you will can to progress into HND or BA (Hons) programmes in Film & Media, Digital Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, TV & Radio Production, Journalism, or Media Studies, at many Scottish universities such as University of Stirling, Napier University, and Queen Margaret University.  

    Employment: You may gain employment at entry level in: Marketing, Market Research, Public Relations, Events Management, Radio Production, Digital Marketing, Journalism, Broadcast TV production and many other UK Creative Industries.   

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview for this course, plan to be in college for around an hour. We ask you to prepare a digital media task (e.g. a piece of writing, a short video or audio recording, where you review a recent piece of media – movie, music, game, etc.) at home before the interview and to send this to us before the interview. If you need help with this, please contact us by emailing enquiries@west-lothian.ac.uk  

The interview involves:  

  • Presentation from the course lecturer  
  • Interview with the lecturer and another course tutor  
  • Speaking about the task you prepared for 5 minutes; followed by some questions from the interviewers. 
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