Do you love entertainment, gaming and design? Want to work in live events, gaming, TV or film? This course will give you the skills you need to tell stories and create content using in-demand tech. It’s been built with careers in designing live events, theatre, film, TV or games in mind, and you’ll work with industry every step of the way.
Digital Content is everywhere. Projected as part of a theatre scene, displayed on a huge video wall on a rock concert stage or creating an immersive environment in a gallery or product launch, digital media is used in every kind of live performance. Digital content designers are responsible for the concept and creation of this video content for theatre productions, concerts, live events, art installations and even buildings covered in LED screens.
Developed with the industry, this three-year degree will give you the creative and technical skills you need to become a digital content designer, so you can join this exciting and dynamic industry.
“This course is something we’ve been asking for from the training industry as a whole. We’re really excited to see how we can work with the course and its graduates.”
Finn Ross, Founder and Creative Director, FRAY Video Design
During the course, you will learn the creative, design and technical skills to create digital content for the theatre and live events industries. You will be trained by industry professionals in our new Centre for Digital Production, which includes a digital studio and dedicated computer laboratories using software such as:
- Cinema 4D
- Premier Pro
- After Effects
You will also learn to operate media servers, cameras, projectors, control desks, motion capture and virtual reality equipment and green screen technologies.
Year 1 (Level 4)
The first year will give you the core skills you will need to build a successful career. You will learn design principles and fundamental 2D/3D design software skills as well as how to use motion capture. Project briefs will teach you how to research and use a wide range of cultural references in your designs.
In shared classes and projects with students from other programmes in the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts you will learn about the performance, arts and events industries.
Year 2 (Level 5)
You will learn advanced design skills and a range of professional skills. You will begin to integrate your design work into a professional context taking responsibility as a designer, collaborating with students from other courses on productions and projects.
Year 3 (Level 6)
You will prepare to launch yourself as an industry professional, planning your career and learning more about the industry through professional placements. You will develop your portfolio by working on productions and projects that may be in the College or with outside partners and organisations. You will design and carry out a research project into a relevant subject of your own choosing, building your specialist knowledge and transferable skills.
Our Head of Development, James Simpson, gives an insight into the course during this Webinar:
Our graduates are trained to work as video designers, programmers and technologists in the theatre and live events industry, where there is currently a skills shortage.
Digital content designers create media content for:
- Every kind of theatre, from West End productions to the Royal Opera House
- Projection/LED walls in TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest, or at big live events such as music festivals or the opening event of the Olympics
- Projection mapping onto buildings, for art installations and corporate events
- Information displays in museums, and art installations
Graduate job roles include:
- Digital Content Creators
- Live Events Professionals
- Video Designers and Operators
- Digital Arts Specialists
Find out more about the industry by looking at the work of leading companies and practitioners, who all helped us design the course:
How to Apply
Mode of Study
UCAS points required 64**
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.
Apply for 2020 entry via UCAS.
**We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.
We are still actively recruiting for our 2020 entry and we would welcome your application. UCAS will categorise your application as late but we are very happy to accept such applications and can guarantee you an interview. If you have any queries or concerns then please do contact us at email@example.com.
Apply for 2020 entry via UCAS
Institution application code: R51
Programme Code: W455
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There is the opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad. Please click here for full details.
UK/EU Students - £9,250
International Students - £18,000
For this course International Students (non UK/EU residents) are eligible to apply for a bursary of £6,000 over three years. Please enquire when you apply.
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During the course, you will take the following modules:
Year 1 (Level 4)
- Fundamentals of 3D Art
- Digital Content in Performance
- The Practitioner in Context
Year 2 (Level 5)
- Advanced Design Skills: 3D Animation and Content Creation
- Realtime Technologies and Applications
- Content Design in Practice
- The Sustainable Practitioner
Year 3 (Level 6)
- Independent Research Project (Practice Research or Dissertation)
- Specialist Practice
- Professional Preparation and Practice