Art and Design, Media & Performing Arts

Creative Media Production, Interactive Media - Level 3

Start Date: 2nd September 2019
Course Code: C01062 BMF1A
QCF/NDAQ: 500/7878/1

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymoney


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2019
End date: 5th June 2020
Information Event: Y

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Digital Photography
  • Motion Graphics & Compositing Video
  • Digital Graphics
  • Web Design
  • Digital Communication
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • Digital Video Production
  • Sound in Interactive Media
  • Production Management

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Course Aims

The creative industries is an evolving aspect of the local economy and the world over. This course is delivered by industry professionals with their finger on the pulse of innovative and current trends and methods used at industry standard The course has benefited from substantial financial investment recently with students having access to industry standard hardware such as Canon DSLR’s, Camera lenses, lighting equipment, PC’s and a dedicated MAC lab (Newtownabbey Campus), all complete with the latest Adobe Creative Suite and dedicated web based creative software. Students engage in lessons with lecturers with a broad range of creative specialisms that directly relate to the units the course offers. These units are updated annually to reflect the current industry needs and students create a strong portfolio over the two years. As the students are upskilled in hardware & software as well as working on group projects along with peer learning that simulate real world assignments.

The course is perfect for anyone who has a passion for creativity and the focus and desire to progress into higher education or straight into employment in the creative industries. Examples of software used: Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, Adobe XD, Adobe Animator, Illustrator and Indesign, Using PC and Apple computers. This is an exciting, highly creative course with many success stories.

Special Features

As well as studying the exciting range of topics that makes up the course content, you will also get the opportunity to work on a range of live projects. In the past we have designed and developed many websites with original photography and video elements. An example is the earl bishop trail created logos & branding for clients. The Interactive Level 3 client base has also included PSNI, and The British Council. Students are also given the opportunity to compete in World Skills competition that is held in Birmingham each year. In addition students have the opportunity to compete in the Transversal Mobility Enterprise is VITAL competition. This an international competition with a selection of our students travelling to Valencia, Spain in 2017 & Porto, Portugal in 2018.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSE's at Grade C or above or other relevant qualifications. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Our students often progress to Higher Education with degree courses in Web/Graphic Design or Animation being popular choices. By the end of the course you will have the necessary skills to either work in the Interactive Media industry and/or progress to University. You will also have a solid understanding of the wider environment, as well as having acquired research, managerial and other professional skills. Students that successfully complete the Extended Diploma to the required standard will also be eligible to apply to NRC’s higher education Creative Media programmes. The new Foundation Degree is delivered by the same highly skilled, industry standard lecturing team that delivers this Level 3 Extended Diploma course. This development creates an exciting future for Interactive Media at Newtownabbey or Ballymoney.

2 Coleraine Road
BT53 6BT
028 2766 0401


Peter McMullan

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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