Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Pre-degree - UCA Rochester - 2019

The Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology at UCA Rochester is equivalent to studying for three A-Levels and you can start this two-year course either after completing your GCSEs or a Level 2 Diploma.

Studying this course will take your interest in creative media to the next level and discover more about how it shapes our everyday lives. This dynamic, creative diploma will develop and nurture your design and media skills across a wide range of multimedia formats and is designed to cover most elements of media production and technology. 

You’ll experience and interact with a broad spectrum of digital media – learn how to experiment with different materials and techniques, including digital design, animation, printmaking, photography, 3D workshop practice and drawing for design.

Our course also includes theoretical studies that are essential for practical work, helping you to work independently and develop your own creative ideas, interests and professional skills.

At UCA we will support you in your transition from diploma to degree or employment – most students go on to study degrees with us such as Animation, Photography, Computer Games Arts or Television Production.

We also offer a uniquely collaborative learning experience – you’ll be working alongside our undergraduate and postgraduate artists within our specialist creative environment, with access to high-spec facilities and equipment, plus frequent educational visits to creative venues in London and elsewhere across the country.

On completion of this course, you will be awarded the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Length of study:

Two years full-time


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Entry requirements:

5 GCSE A*-C and/or grade 9-4

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20 Feb 2019

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Course details

  • Year 1

    You’ll experiment with a variety of media processes, including preparatory and post-production film techniques, and in digital character design, storyboarding and narrative. You’ll also develop an understanding of stop frame, Gif and Flash animation, increase your technical skills in photography and learn image editing techniques using leading creative software.

  • Year 2

    In the second year, we’ll give you the freedom to specialise and deepen your skills by focusing on one of the following: lens-based media, graphic and interface design or illustration, animation, computer-generated arts, or games design. Both years are supported by our cultural theory programme, introducing you to both historic and current contextual topics.

  • Fees
    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well the financial support you may be entitled to:


At UCA Rochester there are studio spaces for the pre-degree and foundation courses; 3D workshops with machines for working a in range of materials with dedicated technical support; and digital media suites with both Macs and PCs loaded with design software.

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  • Further study

    After completing this course, the majority of our students progress to degree level studies at UCA, including:

    • BA (Hons) Animation
    • BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts
    • BA (Hons) Digital Film & Screen Art (2018 entry)
    • BA (Hons) Film & Digital Art (2019 entry)
    • BA (Hons) Film Production
    • BA (Hons) Photography
    • BA (Hons) Television Production
    • BA (Hons) Television & Media Production
  • Diploma 2 Degree scheme

    As part of our Diploma 2 Degree scheme, you’re guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees if you pass this diploma. The process is simple and stress-free, letting you bypass lengthy application processes and avoid UCAS fees. There’s also no need for you to attend an interview.

    More details about the scheme can be found on the Diploma 2 Degree pages.

  • Careers

    Instead of further study you may choose to progress directly into employment or do an apprenticeship in the industry.

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: art, design, media, or related a creative subject, English and mathematics.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area.

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject).

OR BTEC National Award.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest and ability in digital art and design. This could include: paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, design work, film/video work (no more than three minutes in duration), sketchbooks or written work. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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