Creative Media Level 1 Foundation Diploma
The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Creative and Media is a one year
course designed to give you an introduction to the skills and
technologies you will encounter in the Creative Industries.
Students are not expected to have any previous knowledge or
qualifications in these areas but should display an interest in
pursuing an area of Art, Design or Media as a profession. This
might be as a Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Furniture
Designer, Artist, Animator or Photographer.
You will study Fine Art Painting; Sculpture using wood &
metal; Printmaking; Ceramics, Textiles, Computer Aided Design &
Photography. All activities will be underpinned by a core of
Functional skills are a part of this programme, English, Maths
and IT will be delivered throughout the course.
You must be prepared to work hard through the course and in your
own time to improve your skills.
The course consists of 6 units. Assignments are set to explore
various themes and lead up to a Final Major Project at the end of
You will study various components during which you will:
- Explore Visual Language in Media, Art and Performance
- Explore Materials, Techniques and Processes
- Explore and Develop Art, Media and Performance Ideas
- Carry out a project in Art, Media or Performance.
In addition you will take two specialist subjects which will
vary, but may include:
- 2D and 3D Design
- Digital Design
The components listed will be taught using a number of practical
workshops as well as traditional classroom sessions.
You will be expected to keep both a video diary and a working
journal of all your activities during your programme of study.
There will also be 10 days work experience built into your
Functional skills are embedded/included throughout the course,
you will be required to take an exam and/or complete a portfolio to
achieve these. The course is assessed continuously through varied
types of assignment work, e.g. case studies, live briefs,
presentations and projects with reviews at the end of each project.
There is a regular personal tutorial support system in which
learners can discuss their work and any other problems.
- There are no entry requirements for this course
- All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and
- Attend an interview and to display a keen interest in Creative
and Media and, where possible, show evidence of that interest
through a portfolio of drawings, paintings or photographs of your
Course Progression Routes
After the foundation diploma you may progress on to one of our
level 2 BTEC First Diplomas in Interactive Media and Animation,
Music, Performing Arts or Art & Design.
The Foundation Diploma qualification is equal to 5 GCSE’s at
Course Career Prospects
After further study there are job opportunities in the creative
industries including graphic design, games designing, photography,
textile design, creative designing and picture editing.
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.
Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are
beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are
optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will
be provided at the time of interview.
There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However,
you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips
and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your
For Application and Enrolment Information Contact
Free phone: 0800 358 7575