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Plymouth College of Art

Digital Media Production

UCAS Code: W690

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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Full-time | 2019

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6 years | Part-time | 2019


Moving image techniques

**This degree is a dynamic, outward-facing programme engaging in a range of commercial moving image and audio production – from TV through to cutting-edge digital content. Music videos, commercials, vlogs, films and more are all supported through our extensive range of production facilities, including a Black Magic portable TV studio which allows you to explore live events and streaming.**

UK film, TV and online media makers are recognised around the world for their craft, originality and creativity. This programme primes a new generation of digital media creatives to meet the growing need for innovative moving-image content. You’ll cover everything from idea generation to production techniques, including camera, sound, light and post-production. Our diverse and practical approach will prepare you to carve out a successful career in a growing industry, where a smartphone alone can enable your ideas to reach a global audience.

- Make compelling audiovisual content for creative professional assignments.

- Build an innovative portfolio/showreel to enter into the industry.

- Develop new ideas and productions using digital media.

- Expand your audiovisual creativity.

- Communicate as a producer, director or designer.

- Focus on creative film, new television and commercial media.

- Develop an international context for your professional creative practice.

You will be involved in professional briefs and independent projects, supported by taught sessions, practical workshops and seminars from our team and a great range of external professionals.

We encourage experimentation, risk-taking and innovative responses to emerging problems. You’ll be part of a collaborative community focusing design and making skills – including graphics, 3D, sound and performance – into your moving image productions. You will regularly work across departments in this unique independent art college environment. You will also develop professional skills such as marketing and entrepreneurship, gaining skills in pitching ideas.


This programme is rooted in the belief that hands-on learning is the most effective way to acquire skills and insights. Year one will develop an overview of the moving image and media industries. From traditional broadcasting to digital media, you will develop skills including designing and making, production and post-production.

Year two will hone your skills on a range of tutor-led and self-directed projects. You’ll explore areas such as advertising, live broadcasting, and scripted entertainment across broadcast and online platforms.

The third year allows you to advance in the skills you feel most passionately about. You will focus on industry networking in readiness to continue your career after graduation.


You will have access to the latest in media production technologies to support your work.

We boast industry-standard tools – including an infinity cove to create seamless backdrops, green screen, sound and editing facilities, along with 6,000 pieces of kit in our Equipment Resource Centre. We also encourage you to access resources and specialist technicians across our wide range of art and design programmes.

Our Careers & Enterprise team will help you to develop your career both through your studies and after you graduate.


The academic and technical team are all experienced industry professionals, having worked with clients such as Honda, Oakley, Channel 4 and the BBC. You will be expected to undertake professional development work for external and internal clients. You will build contacts, create innovative content for your showreel and professional portfolio, and contribute new ideas to the media industry.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America.


You’ll develop a portfolio of technical skills – from cinematography and writing for a wide range of applications and audiences, to directing, researching and producing – enabling you to take on external projects, work placements and live briefs.
Year one will cover audiovisual creativity, writing, producing and photography, including multimedia and study of contemporary and performing arts, as well as television.
The second year focuses on documentary and creative filmmaking, including directing, cinematography, editing, sound and moving image.
The third year allows you to develop these skills further through a focus on innovative projects that will prepare you for your future career, including industry networking, transmedia storytelling and the opportunity to specialise in the skills you feel most passionately about.

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