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Creative Media Production and Technology - Digital Art and Animation Extended Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Covering all aspects of art and animation in the digital industries, this Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technologies is an ideal course for anyone brimming with artistic talent and creative ideas. It will help you develop all the skills and techniques required by this constantly growing industry.You’ll be working to industry standards and using the same software and tools that’s commonplace in this sector, as well as exploring new and developing technologies in art and design. From digital photography pieces to marketing materials for advertising campaigns, you’ll be using live briefs to build projects from start to finish, developing research, creative, and communication skills along the way. Looking at traditional, 2D and stop-motion animation, digital painting & concept art, visual FX & compositing, and motion graphics, you’ll experiment across a number of different platforms and really explore what each role in this industry entails.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have either 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, or a Level 2 qualification at Merit or above to enrol on this Level 3 Diploma. A GCSE (or equivalent) in English is also required for both entry routes. You don’t need to have experience in art, design or media, but you should be creative and be interested in both design and technology. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


Across this two-year course, you’ll be assessed on 13 different units and a final project. This will through a variety of methods, including traditional research, problem solving tasks and practical assignments, as well as using modern technology like audio recordings and screen capturing to check you’re learning the relevant skills and techniques.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

There are several different pathways you can take after completing this Level 3 Diploma in Digital Art & Animation. You may want to move onto a foundation degree at The Manchester College or other related degree, in a subject like Animation, Graphic Design, or Visual FX. Or, you could look at higher, degree level apprenticeships and develop your skills further in the working world. With a solid knowledge and relevant abilities learnt from the course, you could also jump straight into any one of number of careers in the creative media industry, including animation, production design, art direction or storyboard art. Link to Careers

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.