Course Info

16 - 19
Media, Film and Animation
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

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Course Overview

This course is carefully created to support you if you have any art, design, creative, or even IT backgrounds to develop your skills through new approaches in design and technology.

You will be shown how to build a creative portfolio through a range of digital and practical activities based around learning to be a designer or digital artist whilst working in many different creative processes.

You will have access our great facilities at Croydon School of Art, including our specialist computer suites, studios, workshops, and classrooms and you will be supported by subject tutors using our specialist resources. Examples include:

  • Experimenting with stop motion animation, environment, and character design
  • Designing via Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and other software and Apps.
  • Exploring concept art, life drawing, and observational sketching
  • Using our Mac suites, with industry standard software for 2D/3D animation and stop-motion
  • Observational drawing to help animated work or character design and other creative development

You will be helped at every stage to build further confidence, new skills, and independence, not just in creative work, but in social and cultural experiences.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

You will have the chance to use Croydon School of Art’s shared equipment and spaces, which are based on professional design studios, where you will be able to respond to competition briefs or live projects with outside clients. You will also have the chance to exhibit your work in our own Parfitt Gallery and you will benefit from the support of our specialist technicians and demonstrators.

You will have the opportunity to participate in visits that are organised to exhibitions, events, and public draw-offs relevant to your subject. You will also gain experience by engaging in the college’s enrichment activities, which include UNICEF volunteering, as well as featuring in Croydon School of Art’s Pop-Up shops.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to the Level 3 courses offered by Croydon School of Art, including the Lens Based Media and Animation programmes. These will prepare you for possible future careers in animation, filmmaking, or photography to name a few.

Alternatively, you can progress on to employment via an internship or an apprenticeship within the creative arts industry.


Assessment is assignment-based, with lecturers providing support and regular feedback. You will be assessed through your practical and written work and this takes many forms, including creative presentations or discussions.

Assessment is assignment based with Lecturers providing support and feedback at regular times. You are helped in your learning experience towards focusing upon you career hopes from being an animator, film maker to photographer and many more.

Students are assessed for their practical and written work, and this takes many forms including creative presentations or discussions.

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs at grades 3/D; or

A related Level 1 vocational qualification; and

A GCSE at grade 3/D (or equivalent) in English; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Entry 3 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

A portfolio of work that shows research into your approach to creative work.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.