Digital Design and Media - Level 1 (Full-Time)

Level 1 – NVQ or Equivalent

Subject Area Digital Arts

Attendance Full-Time


This is an introductory course to the area of Digital Arts, focussing on developing fundamental design skills through a mix of practical drawing activities and workshops in digital arts software. Through research and development of ideas, the course aims to develop a range of techniques and skills to build a creative portfolio that will allow students to progress onto Level 2 Digital Design & Media.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Days
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for anyone who wishes to gain a qualification that will support them to progress in the area of Digital Arts. It is particularly suitable if you don’t have many qualifications but want to progress your career in the Creative Industries, as a school leaver.

Qualification Gained

On completion of the course you will achieve a Level 1 Introductory award in Vocational studies (Digital Design & Media).

You will also have the opportunity to complete your Functional Skills Maths and English.

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.


Course Content

• Illustration and graphic image-making techniques
• Practical and digital drawing skills
• Specialist Arts Software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator)
• Communication and presentation skills


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 qualification is assessed by continuous practical assessment via the collection of coursework, assessed against unit outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The qualification is assessed by continuous practical assessment via the collection of coursework, assessed against unit outcomes.

Progression Opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to Level 2 Digital Design & Media or a related Level 2 subject.

Career Opportunities

This course is highly practical and career-focused.

Entry Requirements

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

• A minimum of three GCSE's - one n a relevant subject at Grade D or above (new grading 3 or above) plus English & Maths GCSE's at grade E-F or above
• An equivalent qualification to those above

You will need to attend an interview with vocational tutors to assess your suitability and potential for the course and will be asked to bring along a portfolio (or appropriately presented examples) of your creative work.
If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum english language score of 5.5 or higher.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.