Digital Design and Motion Graphics - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


This is a course for creative designers who want to develop foundation skills in design while learning a range of digital skills that span across a range of digital industries.

This specialist course will help you develop your skills in digital design, motion graphics, web design social media and the digital graphic design discipline. We cover software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After effects.

Diplomas are an alternate route into higher education or employment and boast a strong industry focus.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal if you are looking for a practical, challenging and career-focussed alternative to A levels.

It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in Digital Graphic Design, Web and App Design & Motion Graphics.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain an Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Digital Design and Motion Graphics), 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 Building. 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.

Course Content

  • Basic Design Skills
  • Interface & Web Design
  • Social Media Presence
  • Graphics Techniques
  • Computers in Art and Design
  • Typography
  • Motion Graphics
  • 2D Animation
  • Digital Illustration
  • Specialist animation for web

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

The course centres on a programme of assignments designed to put your skills to the test.

Teaching is mainly through practical projects, small group work, lectures and private study.

As well as developing your specialist skills you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, and to solve problems with creativity, adopting a professional approach to your work.

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 a Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in Digital Design, Graphics and Motion Graphics based subject areas.

Career Opportunities

Possible careers in Web Design, Graphic Design & Motion Graphics

Entry Requirements

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

  • • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s A-C including Maths and English
  • • A BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design
  • • An Intermediate GNVQ in Art
  • • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

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 portfolio 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.