The Creative Media Department runs courses for budding filmmakers, producers, web designers, animators and graphic artists. If you want to work in the Film or TV Industries or in Design this is the place for you.
We believe in developing the Media Practitioners of the future. We will challenge and develop your teamwork and your creative, industry related and technical knowledge, so that you can either progress into industry or onto higher education.
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are industry qualified as experienced and highly regarded Producers, Designers, Graphics and Arts professionals and we like to keep up to date by staying involved in our relevant industries. This means that we can bring real and relevant experience to you and your work.
Assessment is varied and includes portfolios, observations, essays, discussions, presentations, films, pitches and exhibitions.
The department has excellent facilities including cameras, lights, industry standard editing suites, a fully equipped Photographic Studio, Arts Studios, 3D Workshop, props and costume design workshop. We also have good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked Apple Mac computers equipped with the latest industry calibre software.
Working with Other Departments and Organisations
We use expertise from across the department for our projects. Film students work with: Performing Arts students as actors; Art and Design students on the sets and titles; Interactive Media students providing special effects and Music students building soundtracks for film or stage productions.
You will use your skills to enter national film and animation competitions and hold numerous publicly attended exhibitions of your work.
We believe it is important to show you the world we are preparing you for, so we constantly develop our programme of visits as opportunities arise. Previous students have visited artists in residence and graphics studios, watched TV shows being made and been taken on tours around workshops. This year we are planning a Media trip to either Barcelona or New York.
Guest speakers also come into the department to provide industry information and advice and we line up a big name each year.
Our film courses will teach you to script, plan, produce and edit your own short films, documentaries and music videos.
On Interactive Media you will learn to use industry software, create websites, design, produce animations and even edit films.
These courses not only give you the cutting edge technical skills you will need but will develop your own creativity and your understanding of your profession.
You will be given an insight into the various Media industries, what positions are available and the skills you will need to get that dream job.
Media Higher Education and Degrees at Nescot
The Media department at Nescot is proud of our reputation within industry for the quality of our students. All our staff are highly skilled teaching professionals but we also have extensive experience in the sector with most still working at the highest levels as: feature film and television directors; specialist wildlife, landscape, medical and technical photographers, and highly sought after musicians, composers and music technicians. Nescot was also the first provider outside the US to run digital photography and image editing courses, including training and consultancy for industry players like Kodak, Olympus, and the MOD, and we remain an authority on the subject.
At Nescot you will be taught by professionals who know how casting, hiring and commissioning decisions are made. We will help you hone your abilities while building a showreel or portfolio to really sell your work. We are passionate about the quality of our previous students because we won’t pass you until we’d be happy to work with you.
Our knowledge of the sector also means that we insist on teaching you using the latest industry standard technology and working practices. We know that confidence with terminology, software and technology will be crucial in the early days of your career and give you the maximum opportunity to grow your talent.
Here you will find broadcast standard technology and software as used by major corporations like the BBC, including the latest innovations in lighting, tracking and sound hardware, over 30 Final Cut-equipped networked Macs, extensive photographic studios and darkroom and digital imaging software plus fully equipped mixing studios and sound rooms.
Working with Other Departments and Organisations
Our staff use innovative and exciting methods to teach you about our industries. Students visit film sets and TV studios like Three Mills, and active film locations like our recent trip to the filming of top British director Noel Clarke’s Adulthood. We also organise live broadcast experts like Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru Murthy to come in for you to interview and film and record using standard TV news equipment. While Noel Clarke has worked with us to offer masterclasses and insights into the British film industry.
Our photography students visit many major galleries, museums and exhibitions and our status within the industry and as a registered Nikon Academy gives us access to the latest innovations and thinking in the field. Our students are featured annually in the prestigious Nikon Awards, and we do our utmost to help you bring your work to the widest possible audience.
All this is brought to you with Nescot’s trademark student-centred focus, so our average class sizes are held at around 10 – no larger than the standard production crew – to give you maximum access to tutors and the experience of working in a creative team with your fellow students.
Our courses are designed with busy working and family lives in mind and our office door is always open to students. We also have virtual learning environments, where you can access course materials from any internet enabled computer, and you can contact your tutors by direct email outside teaching hours.
Previous Media students are currently working at all levels in creative fields including lighting experts working at the BBC on Saturday night shows like Strictly Come Dancing, at Setanta working on outside broadcasts of football matches and throughout the worlds of film and television. Photography students work for companies like Nikon, organisations like the MOD, and NHS trusts and for newspapers and magazines. Ex music Tech students are also using their expertise in top level studios and venues throughout the music industry.
Nescot’s Media department has the facilities, technology, teaching and support and industry contacts to prepare you and your talent for these most competitive and exciting sectors.
- Mark Taylor
- First Year, Level 3 BTEC in Creative Digital Media: Visual Effects and Post-Production
I was studying A-Levels at a sixth form, but I wasn't enjoying the courses or the environment. I looked around at other colleges and I thought the Creative Digital Media course at Nescot seemed far better than anything else on offer. I came to an open evening and met the tutors, and I was impressed by how practical the course sounded. I like studying one subject in detail, and I'm glad we're assessed by coursework and not exams.
This year I've really enjoyed learning how to edit and how to model. Next year we're doing a filming project where we're free to choose what we want to work on. Everyone comes onto a course like this with no knowledge or experience, because you don't study Visual Effects at school. That means the teaching on the course is even more important, but the tutors at Nescot are brilliant. They're really good at what they do, and they spend a lot of time helping the students. We visited Eurogamer at the start of the year to look at the effects on upcoming games, and in May we went to New York City.
Once I finish my BTEC at Nescot I'm hoping to go to university to study Creative Digital Media. I enjoy editing, and my dream job would be to become a film editor. To anyone thinking about studying at Nescot, I'd say the most important thing is to choose a subject you really enjoy. I really enjoy my course, and if you can have fun while you learn then you get the best of both worlds.
- Oscar Walkley-Brown
- First Year, Film and Television National Diploma
I considered staying on at the sixth form at my school, but I wanted to study one subject I was really interested in and I prefer coursework to exams. I came to an open evening and spoke to the tutors, and I was impressed by the sound of the course.
At Nescot there's a real focus on practical work. You do it yourself instead of just reading about it in a book. We have good equipment and facilities here, and the tutors have all worked in the industry so they know what they're talking about. Everyone works hard and we're treated not only as adults, but as professionals.
This year we've been filming and making music videos, and my favourite part was making a short film. I wasn't particularly looking forward to learning how to edit, but the tutors made it really interested and I ended up enjoying it. I'm looking forward to the next year of the course, and after that I'm hoping to go to university. I'd recommend this course to anyone thinking about studying Film and Television, I think it's the best course around.
- Phillipa Costas-Bray
- First Year, Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Design
I'd been to a gig at Nescot so I knew the college and that it had a good reputation. I went to open evenings at a few colleges, but I chose Nescot because I felt comfortable here and I knew the course was really good.
I've always been really interested in computer games and I wanted to know more about how they work and how they're made. This year we studied 3D modelling, which I loved because we got to design any object we wanted. Next year we're going to be looking at 3D faces, which I'm really looking forward to. After that I'm hoping to do the HND in Games Design at Nescot, because I know the college well and I know the course will be really good, and it's a lot cheaper than going to university.
Our course is quite small, which means we all get a lot of help from the tutors. We use Apple Macs and other computers for any specialist work we're doing, as well as software like Photoshop. I'd say to anyone thinking about Games Design to go for it. It's hard work, but I really love the course and we get all the support we need from the tutors and the college.