Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology


2018 entry

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 can choose to study this two-year course either after completing your GCSEs or a Level 2 Diploma – our Extended Diploma is equivalent to studying for three A-Levels.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time


September 2018


UCA Rochester

Course overview:

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

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Course content - 2018 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • 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.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • 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.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

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 Arts
  • BA (Hons) Film Production
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Television Production.


We run a supportive Diploma 2 Degree scheme which helps streamline the process of progressing from a pre-degree to an undergraduate course with us at UCA. The scheme guarantees your place on a degree course at UCA, providing you get the support of your tutor and course leader, and successfully pass your course. More details about the scheme can be found on the Diploma 2 Degree pages.


How to apply - 2018 entry

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When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2018. 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.

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: art, design, media, technology (including IT/computing) or related 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.

Your portfolio

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.

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