Foundation Degree in Digital Media Development

Course Overview

Do you have a passion for digital media production and creative technologies?
This course is for young creatives looking to explore the fusion of traditional and digital technologies to shape new forms of visual communication. The course is designed to promote key industry skill development for future digital creatives - you will explore emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, Game Design, 2D/3D animation, motion design, 3D modelling & visualisation. These applications can offer immersive interactive experiences that will soon potentially, eclipse established media. The digital media industry now requires artists to understand - and be able to embrace - this speed of change in their creative practice.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:
64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications. Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English

An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area.

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

Whilst there are no formal examinations - We usde a wide range of assessment methods throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to assess and evaluate your own progress and the work of others as part of your studies. The course values the ability to reflect on learning and to use assessment as a tool to improve and get better. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the year culminating in key assessment points when summative* feedback in provided.

*Summative assessment is where you recieve a mark for your work.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.You might be expected to visit events as part of your studies that would sometimes require extra cost. There is an annual residential to an International desitnation which whilst not compulsary is strongly recommended. Previous destinations have included Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Barcelona and New York. Additional equipment will be required to store your digital work e.g. Hard drives, as well as stationary to record your development work such as drawing pads and drawing equipment. We will endeavour to keep the extra cost to a minimum and some of the purchased items could be at discounted cost. This will be explained in more detail to you at interview.

Course Includes

Ideas and Concepts-Developing ideas for a variety of media outcomes and presenting them in a professional way.

Digital Exploration-Utilising a range of computer software and hardware to create media assets including audio, 3d models and 2d graphics to produce a range of media outcomes that demonstrate your technical and creative media skills.

Immersion and Interface-Creating a virtual reality experience and ways to interact within these environments.

Future-Self-Develop a pathway for your personal career aspirations.


You will be awarded a Foundation Degree that is an internationally recognised qualification and the equivalent of Level 4 and 5 of an Honours Degree. On successful completion you will have the option of leaving to begin employment or continuing with us in the University Centre to top up your studies to Level 6 on the BA Hons Contemporary Creative Practice.

Course Potential Careers

The understanding of digital design developed on the course as well as the technical skills acquired will equip you as a digital designer for a careers in games development, virtual reality application design and a variety of roles in the interactive media industry.

Course Dates


Course Times

10.00am till 12.30pm – 12.30pm till 4.00pm

Email Contact

If you are interested in the course, you can apply online by going to the Trafford College website at and click on the University Level tab then click Apply for further information or via Ucas.
Alternatively use our Live Chat application on the website or phone Enrolment Enquiries team on 0161 886 7070

If you want to speak about the course in more detail email David Maxwell at:

Examining Body

The Degree is awarded by Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

14 hours a week


32-34 Weeks