Extended Diploma in Creative Media, Production & Technology (UAL Level 3)

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Creative and Leisure Industries

Department: Art, Design, Media and Music

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the media sector.

The course provides an opportunity for you to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure that is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

University of the Arts London (UAL) qualifications are only available in colleges where courses are taught by a team of specialist staff who can help you to develop a broad range of skills and identify specialist focus in a range of options, including games design, animation, television, film, radio, and photography.

What will I study?

This course is made up of 11 mandatory and 2 formally graded units.

Year 1 –You will be introduced the principles of art, design and media theory, and the technical and practical skills required for media-related projects. You will explore and experiment in relation to media briefs to help you choose a specialism. There will also be the opportunity to take part in one-week of work experience within the creative media industry, gaining valuable experience and networking with leading Manx companies and specialists. You will finish the year with a self-identified final major project, the result of which will determine your final grade for the year.

Year 2 –You will be stretched and challenged as you extend your knowledge and experience of the disciplines within which you are working. For a week around November You will have the opportunity to go on an educational trip to London. The trip is a chance to visit/explore university options in and around the London area, visit the UCAS fair, along with galleries, museums, media studios, and current major exhibitions. You will prepare for degree level study or employment by becoming increasingly independent.

You will be fully supported by tutors when preparing applications to university or employment, with both interview guidance and by producing a portfolio. Working with subject specialist briefs throughout the year you will produce a final major project which will be exhibited at the end of year exhibition.

Days and hours of attendance

Level 3 Media Example

9.10-10.40 (break 10.40-11)


1-2.30 (break 2.30-3)



Directed Study

Directed Study


Introduction to Professional Practice in Creative Media Production

Introduction to design and research skills


Investigating Interactive Media Production and Technology

Critical and Contextual Awareness


Introduction to media processes and technical skills & Investigating Audio Production and Technology

Tutorial 1-2


Investigating Visual Production and technology

Directed Study

Specialist uniform and/or kit required

Starter pack information

It is important that you have the basic media equipment and materials at the beginning of your course to make an immediate start to your work. Suggestion is to clearly mark/label your own equipment with sharpies or nail polishso you don’t lose your kit.

Listed below are the essential requirements for the course in Media. All the items are available in a variety of shops in Douglas or you can buy them on-line.

Suggested local stores are:

WH Smiths (Strand Street), Creative Shop (Strand Street), The Artist (Nelson Street),

Dealz (Strand Street), Bridge Bookshop (Ramsey and Port Erin), Joan’s Wool & Crafts (Onchan), The Stationery Shop (Ramsey).

Online suppliers: www.seawhites.co.ukwww.specialistscrafts.co.ukwww.artistsuppliesdirect.co.ukand www.atlantisart.co.uk

The specialist photography equipment supplier we suggest is ‘Morrison Photos’ located in 3 Tynwald Street, Douglas.

Electronic supplies: Isle of Gadgets (Douglas), Gadget Man (Douglas), PC World.

Basic Media equipment

Essential Equipment

1 Pritt Stick

1 Pencil sharpener

1 Rubber

1 Set of pencils HB-6B

2 Black fineliner pens

2 permanent black markers (Sharpie)

1 A4 logbook /sketchbook (available from College reception)

4 Ilford HP5 135-24 Film

1 Ilford 5” x 7” Multigrade Pearl or Glossy Photographic Paper -100 sheets-DO NOT OPEN IN DAYLIGHT!

1 External Drive of at least 1 TB

4 GB SD digital memory card – for use with College Digital DSLR cameras

1 quality USB card reader (Sandisk imagemate all-in-one is very good)

1 USB pen drive (min 8GB)


Own laptop

Access to adobe creative cloud (student access is fine)

You will also need to bring with you a small box to store your equipment in – preferably with a lock. Lockers are available in College. A small digital camera or camera phone is also very useful for recording.

Wear casual clothes, an old shirt or overalls for messy activities.

What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will either:

* make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

* make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

Which Campus

University College Isle of Man, Homefield Road

Timetable and what to expect


What to wear

Causal Clothing

What to bring

Prior to your ISA (Information Sharing Appointment) please upload to the learner portal 6 images of completed work (drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, fashion, design or photography) and 6 images from your preparatory work (sketchbooks pages or worksheets). If you have digital work please attach a link to where we can view and ensure you change the settings to public. Please note each upload must be under 10MB in size or they will not upload. In addition to this please bring your portfolio and any sketchbooks to your appointment.

Useful links

Course Fee PolicyStudent Awards (Grants)Free School MealsBusesInternational ApplicationsChildcare SupportStudent Emergency Fund


What are my progression and career options?

You could progress to university, after which there are many career options, which include working in: website design, video and film production, sound design and production, graphic design, photography, games design and animation.

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts tariff points for each final grade: Pass 72, Merit 120 and Distinction 168. You should be advised that some university degree courses require students to have gained GCSEs at C or above in Maths and English, and you may be advised to complete these qualifications to ensure that you have the best possible chance to progress to higher education.

How will I be assessed?

The course is based on continual assessment approximately every six weeks and takes the form of an exhibition of the work completed during this period. At the end of the course, you will produce a final project which will demonstrate the skills and creativity in a chosen specialist discipline. Throughout the course you will also produce a portfolio of work for progression onto a higher education course/university or employment.

All units will be internally assessed and internally verified through your portfolio of evidence and are subject to UAL external quality assurance. The final unit will externally moderated against the assessment and grading criteria for that unit is graded pass, merit or distinction and determines the overall final grade for the qualification.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above (or grades 9-4), at least one of which should be in a Media or Art & Design subject, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification e.g. Art & Design (BTEC or UAL), with a Level 2 profile at merit and distinction grades.

  • Suitable evidence of your learning and achievement in the form of a portfolio of Digital Media, Art and Design, or Design Technology work, should be presented during your interview.