Post 16 Interactive Digital Design
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Interactive Media)
We are offering an innovative and exciting Interactive Digital Design course that will allow students to explore a range of new technologies and practices in design that are relevant to the pace of the design industries.
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production (equivalent to 3 A Levels) is a full time course that introduces students to the design and study of computer games, graphics, web animation, 3D animation, mobile publishing, motion graphics, visual effects and graphic novels. Students will also study the impact of technology, digital media companies and social media on society through workshops, speakers and visits. The Interactive Digital Design course provides training for students committed to having a career in one of these associated industries.
This is a course for students who are at home with technology; students will be working as designers and develop skills in web, print, mobile, video and gaming. Students will become advanced users of a range of software in the Adobe CC Creative Suite including After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign alongside Autodesk Maya and web programming tools.
What kind of student are we looking for?
This course is aimed at students who are interested in design, computing and technology and want to work in one of the associated interactive industries. Students must be comfortable using and accessing technology and want to learn and develop new skills in design. The course concentrates on both the design and technology of interactive media products and students ideally would have a background and interest in one of the following areas: Media, ICT, Art, Technology, Design and a good understanding of Mathematics. A knowledge or an interest in web design, graphic design, 3D animation and/or Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver is desirable.
We want students who have ideas, who are interested in technology and design and who are strong at working both independently and collaboratively. You have to be self-motivated, creative and dedicated to working in this fluid and dynamic area.
This is a vocational course, equipping students with the skills and experience required for the world of work or for higher education. During the course students will build up a portfolio of work for assessment. Typical units on offer may include (subject to change):
- Computer Games Design
- Interactive Magazine Design for the iPad
- Web Animation
- Critical Studies
- Motion Graphics & Visual Effects
- Live Brief set by external Interactive media company
- Work Experience
- 3D Animation, Modelling & Environments
- 2D Animation
- Specialist Option Unit
- Major Design Project & Exhibition
- Graphic Novels
Facilities & Activities
The Interactive Digital Design students will have use of their own dedicated Mac design studio complete with a range of software including Adobe CC Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya and have access to a range of purposeful hardware including iPads and graphics tablets. The course promotes and exploits technology; mobile devices and social media within the teaching and learning environment. We are always on the look out for new technologies and software that is purposeful and relevant to our students.
Interactive Digital Design
The course promotes and encourages visits from professional interactive designers, animators and games developers. We ensure our students are kept up to date with current interactive media initiatives by attending exhibitions, entering competitions and exhibiting student work.
We think work experience is key in providing students with real life industry experience. Students will have an explicit opportunity to undertake work experience to help with portfolio development, learn new skills and to help understand the world of work and to experience the interactive media industry first hand.
IDD YouTube playlist including lyric videos, 3D animations, 2D animations, short films and more
On completion of the Post 16 course students are able to move into a variety of different pathways. Because of the high pace of technological change, there are new university courses and new job opportunities being developed every day. The following areas are current examples of where students are able to progress:
Studying for a degree at University in:
- Games design and development
- Web and graphic design
- 3D animation
- Computer science
- Digital media
- Motion graphics
- Post–production and special effects
- Interactive media
Gaining employment in:
- The games industry
- Online and mobile publishing
- Broadcast and television production companies
- Freelance graphic and motion designer
- The animation industry
- Freelance web designer and developer
- Post-production houses who specialise in special effects and motion graphics
- Digital media agencies specialising in mobile app development
- Design and development for Marketing and PR companies
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a. Tell us about yourself and your experience in interactive digital design.
b. Why do you think you are suitable for this course?
c. Choose a piece of interactive digital design (e.g. a mobile app, website, animation, computer game) and explain what you think is effective about it.
d. If you were to design and create your own interactive media product what would it be and why?