HND Creative Media Production


Program Description

Creative Media Production (Moving Image) HND

Centre: Business, Arts and Technology

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher Education

Do you want to pursue a career in moving image? Would you like to build a portfolio to establish yourself in the TV/film and web-based broadcast industries?

This course prepares you for a range of careers in technical and creative areas such as camera, lighting, sound, editing, 3D modelling, animation, scriptwriting, creative writing, ideas generation, and pre and post-production.

Working on project-based exercises with direct links to creative organisations, you will create moving-image content and develop a range of practical, industry-specific skills. Through a semester of work experience in your 2nd year, you will gain invaluable insight and experience of real working practice. Previous collaborative work has taken place with The Science Museum, BBC Panorama and the Barbican Cinema.

You will produce a professional show-reel to showcase your best production projects from the course, specifically created for your career development.

Learning from a teaching team with many years' industry experience, including staff who continue to practise professionally, you will benefit from current, expert guidance on your creative and technical processes.

What you learn

The following units are taught through a combination of practical sessions and workshops:

Year 1 modules in 2014-15: Script Writing for Moving Image Fiction; Practical Skills for Moving Image Production; Lens-Based Recording Techniques in Art and Design; Digital Image Creation and Development; Moving Image Documentary Production; Animation Techniques; Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation; and Film Studies.

Year 2 modules in 2014-15: Research Techniques for Creative Media Production; Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production; 3D Computer Modelling and Animation; Sound Design for Moving Image Production; Development and Techniques of Film and Video Editing; Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media; Director for Moving Image Production; and Career Development for the Moving Image Industries.

Working in new facilities, including a professional photography studio, you will use state-of-the-art equipment and software such as Mac suite: Adobe CS6 master collection and Final Cut Pro X; PC suite: Adobe CS6 master collection plus Maya, Softimage, Sketchbook, Mudbox and 3D Studio Max; Cameras: Canon EOS 5DM Mk111 HD DSLR camera kit; Sound: Sony ECMHW2 Bluetooth Mic; Lighting: DTS Quarza and Redhead Lighting Kit; Movement: Hague Dolly and Track and Steadicam unit.


Assessment is based on coursework, but you will also undertake competency tests in camera operation, sound and editing.

What's next

You will get a Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production.

Following the course, you can apply to enter the 2nd or final year of a BA Hons. You can also move straight into employment in a range of roles, including Production Coordinator, Creative Sound Designer, Camera Operator, Script Supervisor, Junior Graphic Designer, Researcher, Motion Graphics/VFX Artist, Runner, Assistant Editor, 2D/3D Animator.

Entry Requirements

You need 160 UCAS points from one of the following:

  • 2 A Levels in related subjects at Grade C
  • BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MPP
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma at MM
  • Access to Higher Education qualification (subject-related) at Pass

In addition:

  • A portfolio of relevant work, including a showcase of any video, animation or sound work and an up-to-date CV
  • 4 GCSEs at Grade C, including Maths and English. Please note, Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2 or Key skills Application of Number and Communication at Level 2 will be accepted in place of GCSE English and Maths.
  • Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 5.5.

Applicants who do not meet these entry criteria will be considered based on equivalent qualifications, previous experience, a College assessment, applicant interview and a portfolio of relevant work.

Last updated Feb 2018

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