Digital Design and Media - Level 2 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time



This is a specialist course which will help you develop your skills in the digital design area. This course aims to develop a range of techniques and skills to build a creative portfolio.


Based on research and development of ideas you will begin to understand the different subject disciplines in digital design including Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design and Photography.

Practical sessions will enable you to understand the requirements of a portfolio to progress and apply for further study in your choosen specialist area.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for


This course is ideal if you are looking for a practical, challenging and design focused programme of study.

It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress to Further Education with a view to pursuing a career in the Creative Media industries.


Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (Digital Design), awarded by EDEXCEL.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

You will study:

  •  Digital & Traditional Photography
  •  2D & Stop Motion Animation
  •  Web Design 5 2
  •  Graphic Design
  •  Portfolio Building
  •  Adobe Software (Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects)


Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and/or Mathematics. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution to the community in which you live and work.


As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course, you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.



Learning Methods

This course is delivered within a class/studio environment; learning will take the structure of a presentation by the lecturer, a related learner activity and then a review process to assess learning before moving on to the next process/task.

Tutors will support progress and give appropriate feedback/guidance. Online materials will support course delivery.

Assessment Methods

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to an Extended Diploma in related subject areas such as Animation, Games & Interface Design, Graphic Design or Photography.

Career Opportunities


This course is highly practical and career-focused. If you’re thinking about changing career or starting a fresh, this course will help.


Gaining a practical, relevant qualification could also improve your promotion prospects.


Entry Requirements


You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:


  • BTEC Introductory Diploma in a relevant subject
  • 4 GCSEs at grades D-F
  • An equivalent qualification to those above.

You will also need to attend an interview with vocational tutors to assess your suitability and potential for the course. You will be asked to bring a protolio of work.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or higher


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.