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Digital Design - Level 2 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This is a specialist course which will help you develop your skills in the digital design area. This course aims to develop a range of techniques and skills to build a creative portfolio.


Based on research and development of ideas you will begin to understand the different subject disciplines in digital design including Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design and Photography.

Practical sessions will enable you to understand the requirements of a portfolio to progress and apply for further study in your choosen specialist area.

Course content

You will study:

  •  Digital & Traditional Photography
  •  2D & Stop Motion Animation
  •  Web Design 5 2
  •  Graphic Design
  •  Portfolio Building
  •  Adobe Software (Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects)


Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and/or Mathematics. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution to the community in which you live and work.


As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course, you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:


  • BTEC Introductory Diploma in a relevant subject
  • 4 GCSEs at grades D-F
  • An equivalent qualification to those above.

You will also need to attend an interview with vocational tutors to assess your suitability and potential for the course. You will be asked to bring a protolio of work.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or higher


You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Future opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to an Extended Diploma in related subject areas such as Animation, Games & Interface Design, Graphic Design or Photography.

This course is highly practical and career-focused. If you’re thinking about changing career or starting a fresh, this course will help.

Gaining a practical, relevant qualification could also improve your promotion prospects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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