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Interactive Digital Media BTEC L3 Extended Diploma at Waltham Forest College

Course description

The interactive media course is for people hoping to work as creatives in digital media design, game design, publishing, visual effects, advertising and marketing businesses.

You will undertake projects on design for the web and for print, advertising, animation, illustration, graphic design, storytelling and video production. You will also work with outside businesses and organisations.

Webpages, on-line videos, animation, photography and illustration are well established forms of communication for all businesses. To be able to create original high quality visual content for businesses requires a thorough understanding of what has been done in the past and what might be effective for now and the future.

Course content

  • Design for the web and social media
  • Illustration - drawing techniques
  • Digital image-making and manipulation
  • Graphic Design - layout and design principles
  • Animation - Digital animation and stop-motion animation
  • Visual and written story-telling - narrative conventions
  • Moving image and video production
  • Information graphics design - Design for data
  • Analysing and writing about design and media
  • Character and environment design for animation and games
  • Adobe Creative Suite software - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects and Flash

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above
Interview and assessment
Portfolio of work/ digital work



Future opportunities

The BTEC Extended Diploma is an internationally recognised vocational qualification that is equivalent to three A Levels. It is a coursework based qualification that has more focus on technical knowledge. It is recognised by universities and has equivalent UCAS points to three A Levels.

The ability to use traditional drawing materials and up-to-date digital image-making processes together with a thorough knowledge of historical and contemporary references can be applied in a wide range of business environments.

Former students have gone on to study and work in design studios, advertising agencies, games developers, publishers and animation studios.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2017
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      Trains run to Walthamstow Central from Liverpool Street station (a bus can then be taken to the College, see below). Wood Street station is approximately a 10-minute walk from the College.


      The Victoria Line ends at Walthamstow Central, which is approximately a 15-minute walk to the College. Alternatively, you can get a bus, see below.


      From Walthamstow Central:Bus 275 stops outside the College, 212 stops across the road from the College (Shernhall Street). Buses 97, 357, 34 or 215 stop at the 'Bell Corner' (junction of Hoe Street and Forest Road). From here, the College is approximately five-minute walk.

      From Blackhorse Road Tube Station: Bus 123 also stops outside the College on route between Tottenham and Ilford