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

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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. Its aim is to produce confident visual thinkers who are capable of producing commercially viable design work at the highest level whilst being capable of communicating and developing dynamic and original ideas and concepts.

Throughout the course you will gain a breadth of practical experience as well as the opportunity to engage with a bank of industry partners through a series of guest lectures, industry workshops and participation in industry briefs. Critique and feedback on these projects will help you realise the expectations and professional benchmarks of the industry and will form the backbone to your portfolio of work.

The course focuses on teaching core design skills, visual communication and creative processes that can be adopted in the exploration of any 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.

These can include areas of study such as:

  • Graphic Design, 3D Graphics and Branding
  • Motion Graphics and Animation
  • UI / UX Design
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Graphic 3D Games Technology

Modules include:

  • Ideas Generation and Design Principles
  • User-Centered Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Specialist Studio Practice
  • Industry Studies
  • Critical Review
  • Advanced Specialist Studio Practice
  • Final Major Project

The course offers you the chance to gain professional experience through involvement with briefs delivered by our industry partners. It also allows you the opportunity to work on developing your own professional work and portfolio. The course will culminate in the proposition and execution of your own design brief which will be displayed in an end of year show.

View the full course specification here.

How to apply for this course

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You will be able to apply for 2020 entry soon.

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Location Date Fees / reductions


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Start: 30th September 2019

Fees / reductions:

Tuition fee: £4,500

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C025534


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.


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 College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands

- 2018/19 National Student Survey

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