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Interactive Media BTEC Level 3 Credit/Extended Diploma at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to combine digital technology with traditional art techniques. You will develop skills that enable you to produce exciting, creative and imaginative work in such areas as animation, illustration, interactive media, video work, 3D modelling, games design and traditional art and design work.

The course provides an introduction to interactive media and related industries and includes practical projects along with supporting theoretical studies. Area of study over the 2 year programme may include:

  • Traditional art (drawing, painting and sculpture);
  • 2D Animation;
  • 3D Modelling;
  • Web design;
  • Interactive Media Authoring;
  • Photography;
  • Video Production & Effects;
  • Computer Game Design;
  • Image Manipulation;
  • Concept Art Design;

Students also develop core skills in Communication, Numeracy and Information Technology.

Opportunity is provided to study for a qualification in English and Maths.

We also offer a full programme of enrichment activities that include visits to relevant exhibitions and galleries.

Your Study Programme will include the main course, a weekly tutorial, work experience placement/employability skills development and English and Maths as required (see below).

NB – The qualification you will gain is the EdExcel BTEC L3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Interactive Media)

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A - C, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study. Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction in Art and Design will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A - C including GCSE English Language and a good reference.

During interview and enrolment you will need to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your drawing, painting, line and tone observation skills from life (not computer, copied work or manga).

This course has a strong design bias and as such all applicants must have a portfolio of artwork / demonstrable artistic ability. If you do not have an art portfolio, drawing tasks will be provided to you for completion during the interview/enrolment process

GCSE Maths & English

As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend L2 Certificate/GCSE Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade C in the subject.

To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade C in English Language. NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.


Student assessment is based on course work, both practical and written. In the second year you will undertake a Final Major Project.

Your work is assessed by the teaching team, and externally moderated by Edexcel.

Future opportunities

In Year 1, you are enrolled on the Edexcel 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 4 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units.

In Year 2, to complete the full Extended Diploma, you will undertake a further 3 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels). NB - LEARNERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE 90 CREDIT DIPLOMA TO PROGRESS TO YEAR 2.

Usually our learners continue with their education and progress to degree level qualifications at university.

After this course you can also apply for a wide range of creative university courses. Previous students have progressed to courses in photography, illustration, interactive media, games design and film.

Alternatively, students can apply and progress into entry level jobs. This too can be in a wide range of different creative industries.

The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including games designer, animator, web designer, graphic designer, photographer, film/TV special effects designer etc.

Further information

You will have 13 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor, who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will learn in dedicated computer labs, equipped with industry standard software packages, including Flash, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Maya 3D. There is also a broadcast quality TV studio, and two traditional art studios.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017