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Digital Design Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Part-time

Course outline

This lively and practical course has been designed to equip you with the skills, language and knowledge needed to work at the cutting edge of the digital design industry.

You’ll study core design skills, visual communication and creative processes that can be adopted in the exploration of digital design problems.

Specialist disciplines are developed in studio practice sessions, allowing you the flexibility to choose a specialist focus based on your own design interests.

Current students are working towards specialisms in:

  • Branding
  • Game design animation and motion graphics
  • User interface (UI)/User experience (UX) design

You will develop your skills and portfolio in these areas using industry standard hardware and software, through projects, competitions and live briefs developed with our industry partners.

Modules include:

  • Ideas generation
  • User-centered design
  • Visual communication
  • Specialist studio practice
  • Industry studies
  • A final major project in your chosen area.

The course may include live briefs, industry visits, field trips and guest speakers.

View the full course specification here.

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

View showcase

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2023/24.

Want to find out more first?

Would you like more information? Email our HE team.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Tuesday 26th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £4,500

Course code: C024984 / Q024985


Foundation Degree in Digital Design


3 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureat
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You may be invited to an interview.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Your work will be assessed on a continuous basis.


You can expect to pursue a career in specialist areas such as graphic design, animation and games design, web design and interactive multimedia applications.

You could progress to the final stages of a related honours degree or to our BA (Hons) Digital Media Design Top-up Degree, awarded by Nottingham Trent University.

We have links with local, national and international companies who look for graduates to join their organisations.

Our annual end of year show is the ideal opportunity to showcase your work to talent scouts from the industry.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

Nottingham Trent University

Student case study: Shaan - Media/Digital Design

Shaan completed a Level 3 course at the College, then chose to do his foundation degree and top-up course right here too!