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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


This course is for students who want to develop creativity and skills in media, including digital media, digital animation, portfolio development, writing, visual communication, art, photography and events. This course is practical and prepares students for further study in a specialist area.

  • What this course includes

    The course includes:

    • Photography
    • Digital media
    • Media and communication
    • Art and design
    • Events
    • Visual communication
    • Work placement and/or volunteering

Why choose this course

You will be guided and supported by our skilled teaching team and we will support you to progress onto further study. The course develops an awareness of the opportunities and range of employment within the creative industries. Candidates are able to develop practical skills alongside employability skills, and the attitudes needed to work in the creative industries.

Entry requirements

The college applies some discretion but it helps if you possess one of the following:

  • Three National 4 awards (or equivalent) in subjects such as media, art, ICT
  • NQ access to creative industries
  • A portfolio of digital work showing aptitude for one or more of the areas covered by the course

We encourage students with work experience to apply.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Grad

    Where it leads

    Education: further study at various levels, for example, media, English, computing, photography, events, and art and design

    Employment: introductory level employment within the wide range of creative industries.


Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around three hours. The interview involves:

  • A short presentation from the course lecturer
  • Written task (because writing effectively is central to this course)
  • Individual interview with the lecturer and another course tutor

Written task - 

Produce a handwritten document (one side of A4) introducing yourself that informs us:

Who you are and what are your hobbies?

Why you are interested in the course?

What experience you feel you may have in relation to photography, art, video or other visual communication?

Name any photographers, artists or film-makers whose work you like and explain what you like about it.

What books, magazines, newspapers or websites you read?

  1. Research Task (to be word processed)

Source one photograph or a piece of art work that has been published in a magazine, newspaper or book that you personally feel is a strong, powerful image. In approximately 250 words explain who’s work it is, in what publication you found it, what it shows and why you think it is a successful image. Try researching some compositional techniques and/or design terminology in order to explain why the image, in your opinion, is a good one. Remember to include the image.  Print this off.

Bring both the above to your interview.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.