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UCAS Code
P3P3
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September 2020, September 2021

Apply through Clearing

To apply to start this course in 2020 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074, complete this short form (if you already have your results) or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

Overview

If you want to work as a creator or technical expert in fields such as animation, web design or film without completing a full undergraduate degree, this Creative Media Production Higher National Diploma (HND) is ideal.

You'll get experience with the tools of the trade, plus expert teaching, and the chance to network with like-minded students and creative media professionals. We've designed the course to meet the demands of digital media employers, and give you a flexible skill set that allows you to adapt to the changing needs of the creative media industry.

By focussing on the creative and technical sides of digital media, you'll develop the skills and professional expertise you need to go into various types of work in the creative industry, or top up your HND to a full Bachelor's degree.

Location – course delivered at Isle of Wight College

This course takes place at Isle of Wight College in Newport. While studying at Isle of Wight College, you can access University of Portsmouth student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

HND Creative Media Production entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • An A level in a computing, creative media or related subject, or equivalent, or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, to which you should bring a portfolio of recent work. This interview will include an admissions test.

 

Qualifications or experience
  • An A level in a computing, creative media or related subject, or equivalent, or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field.
Selection process
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, to which you should bring a portfolio of recent work. This interview will include an admissions test.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

What you'll experience

On this Creative Media Production HND, you'll:

  • Use industry-standard audio-visual software, to get the experience necessary to work in fields such as animation, film and web development
  • Work on tasks based on professional briefs, giving you a taste of the challenges you'll face and work you'll do in employment
  • Have the opportunity to network and show your work at the end of year show, which is open to the general public, prospective employers and other institutions
  • Study at Isle of Wight College, Newport

You'll learn practical skills you'll apply in your career, such as:

  • 3D modelling for animation
  • Video editing and post production
  • Web design
  • Concept art production
  • Business development

Transferable skills you'll develop, which you can use in any area of your life and career, include:

  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Team working
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Multimedia communication skills

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this Creative Media Production HND course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

By adding your skills to the industry, you'll play a part in informing, educating and entertaining society.

Areas that you could go on to work in include:

  • Web design
  • Animation
  • TV and film production
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Digital asset creation 

You'll also learn how to develop 3D assets on the course, taking you closer to working as a 3D modeller.

You'll have the opportunity to continue your studies to full Bachelor's degree level, opening the door to MSc or PhD study, or set up a business with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Work experience and career planning

We can help you identify work experience opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio. We'll support you in seeking work experience – whether for a summer or for 1 day a week for several weeks.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth 20 or 40 credits.

In each year, you study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules

  • Genre Analysis (20 credits)
  • Foundations of 3D Graphics (20 credits)
  • Concept Art (20 credits)
  • Team Development Project (20 credits)
  • Web and Video Technologies (40 credits)

Core modules

  • Business Enterprise (20 credits)
  • ePortfolio (20 credits)
  • Asset Production (20 credits)
  • Digital Identities in the Creative Industries (20 credits)
  • Data Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Animation (20 credits)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical demonstration and experimentation

Teaching staff have experience in:

  • 3D modelling
  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Website design
  • Television and filmmaking

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • Practical assessment
  • Written reports
  • Individual and group presentations and videos

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

On this course, you'll spend time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstration and experimentation. You’ll also do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

You'll normally have 6–10 hours of timetabled activities, with up to 10 hours of self-directed study each week.

Self-directed study typically consists of:

  • Conducting research
  • Developing software skills
  • Working on group projects
  • Designing, sketching and modelling
  • Reading and writing
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

University library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 a year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

There may be 2–3 voluntary visits and trips, which will cost around £30 a trip.

You'll need some art kit and materials. This will cost around £50 at the start of the course, then around £10 a year.

Some software subscriptions will be advantageous but not essential. These will cost around £20 per month.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

To start this course at Isle of Wight College in 2021, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P3P3
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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