Creative and Digital Media Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma

The Access to Creative and Digital Media prepares students without formal qualifications to gain entry to higher education – Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D), university or art school. Students progress to top universities including the London College of Communication, Chelsea, St Martins, Kingston and Brighton to study digital and graphic design, animation, photography and moving image and web design.

Course Content

During the first part of the course you will investigate the fundamental principles of creative and digital design through a series of practical studio projects and workshops, including:
•observational drawing and painting
• design for web and print
• website creation
• digital image manipulation and DTP
• photography
• animation
• film and video

You will progress onto a chosen specialism, extending your research skills and interpreting project briefs. You will build an online portfolio of work and produce a final project for the end-of-year show.

Alongside your technical and practical skills development, all Access courses require students to develop their theoretical study skills so you will also be asked to research and write an essay based on your contextual studies unit.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required for this course although you need to have achieved or be working towards GCSE grade C or above in English and/or Maths, which you can take alongside the Access course if needed.

Entry is by interview, and a pre-interview task will be set on application which you should bring with you, completed, to interview. You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for creative and visual media and have a strong work ethic. The course takes place on two days per week (Monday and Tuesday) but you should allow at least one additional day per week for related study from the outset, more as the course progresses.

First Class Requirements

A pen, pencil and notebook

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is essential to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully. Irregular attendance will trigger a disciplinary process.

Assessment Methods

This is a Level 3, unit-based course where coursework is continuously assessed through presentations, practical projects and written work. You will need to achieve a minimum of 60 credits across a range of module titles - Mandatory, Creative and Digital Media, Study Skills and Contextual Studies and these are accumulated as the year progresses. 45 out of the total 60 credits achieved are graded - pass, merit or distinction. The portfolio of the year's work is externally moderated.

Further Study Options

Students progress to the Level 4/5 HNC in Art and Design at RACC, or to university or art school.

Additional Information


We can provide information about options to help you finance your course. You may qualify for a free course if you are aged between 19 and 23 when your course starts and it is your first full level 3 qualification.

For learners aged 19 and over the Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover the cost of course fees. If you progress to university you will not need to repay your loan at the completion of your degree.

A small materials fee is included in your course fee to cover basics such as cartridge paper and charcoal, but you will need to purchase any additional specialist materials required for your individual projects. Some materials are available through the college's resale system.

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

If you require further course information that is not answered in this outline, please email