Digital Media

This practical course provides you with a great opportunity to design and produce a wide range of digital media from mobile phone apps to animations, websites and graphics. You will learn through work-based projects to develop your creative skills in digital media and content design. You will work in our design studios equipped with industry standard software and hardware providing you with everything you need to turn your ambitions into reality. This course is equivalent of up to three and a half A levels.


Level 3 VFX, Animation and Web


Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale

What will you do?

With a focus on work this practical course will see you creating your own projects and assignments in our design studios. You will study units such as VFX, Web and App Development, Animation, Digital Graphics, Flash for Computer Games, 3D Modelling, 3D Environments plus many more exciting units.

How will I learn?

You will learn through both practical and theoretical sessions.

How am I assessed?

Assessment is through assignment based work. The emphasis is on practical work, although a certain amount of written work is required.

You need:

An enthusiasm for computer games and a minimum of four GCSEs graded between 9-4/A*-C, including English and Maths.

Why English and Maths matter…

Careers in creative media could require following or writing detailed instructions, writing reports, resizing image dimensions and calculating.

What’s next?

Progress to university or employment in the VFX, animation or web industry.

What else do I need to know?

The course also covers functional skills to help you improve your Maths and English.

How do apply/enrol?

What kit/uniform do I need?
USB memory stick (min 16GB)
Portable hard drive (USB powered)
Sketch pad and pencils
Graphics tablet (recommended)

3 Reasons to join us:

  • Excellent progression to university and high success rates.
  • Gain skills to set you up for working in one of the biggest growth sectors in the world.
  • Have fun whilst learning industry standard hardware and software.


Digital Learning Design (Level 4)

You’ve probably used a VLE or some kind of online learning platform in school or college. This apprenticeship gives you the skills you need to design and produce these online portals ensuring that they’re easy to use and fit for purpose.

As this apprenticeship is a level 4 qualification you will need to be in full time employment in a relevant industry.

Entry Requirements: To complete this apprenticeship you must be in full-time employment and hold a level 3 qualification (e.g. A-Levels, Advanced Apprenticeship) or have significant relevant responsibilities in your current job role.

To find out more about this apprenticeship call 01642 865 577.

Assessment: You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

Job Roles: If you choose to complete this apprenticeship you could work in a range of job roles including  Digital Learning Designer, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager and VLE Manager


The fee of this apprenticeship is subject to the employer status. A member of the Business Development Unit can advise you further. Please call 01642 865 577 or email

Career Pathways


English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities to gain work experience such as working with a local radio station and much more. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, putting together and delivering presentations, organisation, research skills and the use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.