About the course
This specialist course is for individuals who have a love for modern digital innovation such as animation, computer games design and concept art, 3D concept design, digital film production, 2D design, illustration and photography as well as physical model making, hand based stop frame animation, sculpture for special effects and scale model design. These are amongst the most exciting fields that make up today's digital and hand based effects industry and this course pushes the boundaries in entertainment, interaction and communication.
Entry is by interview (informal). Candidates will need either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. One of these must be in either English or Maths - or both. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during their interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated, manage their own time and have a mature outlook.
Successful students will achieve the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Interactive Media & Computer Arts).
What you'll learn (core modules)
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to explore dynamic disciplines through learning and practice, industry briefs and competitions. Students work with industry standard Mac computers - learning a range of creative software packages such as Flash, After Effects, Premier, Cinema 4D, Illustrator, Sculptris, Maya and Photoshop. Alongside interactive media, learners build models/sets and characters for their animations and create photography and concept art in our workshop areas. Drawing underpins all production through storyboarding, perspective development, character making and formal visualisation in year two for those students entering the concept art or illustration arena. Professional designers/animators or marketing companies from the industry visit the course for live assignments and to support work related experience and skills. This is a course full of enthusiastic students and promotes the individual in their drive for professional industry relate skills.
See some of the work our students have created on behance.net.
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.
How will I be assessed?
There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.
Where will the course take me?
Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.
Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.
Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.
Days & times
Date(s) to be confirmed