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Creative Media Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This qualification is for those who wish to achieve a level 1 creative subject qualification in preparation for future study. This qualification is not designed to lead directly to employment but will maximise opportunities for your progression to Level 2 qualifications in a related subject, when combined with English and maths.


What Does The Programme Include

The level 1 creative media course starts with a 2D graphic design based assignment which includes the first four units of the qualification. This will teach you the fundamentals of graphic design, layout, typography and colour theory. Then it’s followed by a 3D assignment which will teach you the different perspective drawing techniques and will also involve using 3D creative software. Then to finish the formative assignment we cover a time based medium assignment which can be animation or film, this tends to change each year. After the formative assignment the course is finished with a FMP (final major project) which is a students own choice project but it must incorporate your ability and strength in creativity. The course is mixed with workshops in software and formative assessment to provide learners with guidance and support on the course.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grades 2/​E or above including English or maths or equivalent. You will also need to bring a portfolio of work to your interview.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Formative assessment throughout the year with annotated digital sketchbooks which the learners produce while on the course to house their research and development.

Additional Information

This course is perfect if you have an interest in creativity which can include drawing, filming, animation or 3D design. Ideal for learners who haven’t achieved qualifications but have an ability and interest in creativity.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, with a Merit grade or above, you could progress on to Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2. 

Potential future career could include, Graphic designer, animator, 3D artist, videographer, director, editor, retoucher, artworker, illustrator, web designer, UI/​UX designer.

Course Content

A creative subject focusing on the fundamentals of creativity to develop and pursue a career in a creative field. 


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There are many opportunities for you to work with real employers to real briefs, gaining plenty of experience for Uni or employment!

Alex Carty



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