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Creative Media

Our courses prepare our young people for progression into the Creative Industries by delivering an engaging and inspiring experience. Utilising our industry standard facilities such as the ESports Hub, Podcast Suite, TV Studio, Screening room and seven media labs fitted with the adobe suite and game engines.

Available courses

The Creative Media Department

Creative Media - Film and TV

Our courses are for aspiring filmmakers, producers, editors and cinematographers. If you want to work in the film or TV industries, this is the place for you. We have excellent facilities including a TV studio, screening room, Mac suites and industry-standard editing suites, with broadcast-standard software like Adobe Premiere, After Effects, NUKE and Maya.

NextGen - Animation, VFX and Games Design

If you love animation, VFX and games design and enjoy using your imagination, this could be the course for you. This qualification is designed by industry to ensure that you get the skills you need to get a job. We have extensive links with leading companies including Blue Zoo, ILM, Framestore, DNEG, Sony and Creative Assembly.

What You Can Expect

Creative Media - Film and TV

  • Your projects could include: music videos, short films, documentaries, TV news, film club, podcasts, film studies, showreels, VFX and sound design.
  • Hone your abilities while building a showreel or portfolio to really sell your work.
  • Constantly-developing programme of trips, speakers and workshops. We’ve been to places including New York, Berlin and Barcelona, and visited film sets and TV studios as well as trade shows like Eurogamer, Comic-Con and the Harry Potter studios.
  • You will plan and produce a film on location around the UK.

NextGen - Animation, VFX and Games Design

  • A course for designers, artists and animators looking to develop skills in the competitive field of computer games, visual effects and animation.
  • Students develop an assessment portfolio of design including concept art, 3D Modelling, 2D and 3D animation, level design and texture design and game development, which is essential for progression into Higher Education or the games industry.
  • Assignments designed to mirror industry tasks, including pitching ideas, creating and testing game levels, building 3D models, animation and sound design, and working alone and as part of a team.
  • Annual trips to a range of subject specific events such as Eurogamer at Birmingham NEC, and visits, talks and workshops from industry figures.
  • Work experience with Reef Entertainment, game testing.
Our Staff

Creative Media - Film and TV

  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, who are experienced television producers, editors, film makers and journalists.
  • Staff design assignments to mirror industry tasks - you will be sent out in teams recreating jobs and roles and using kit you will find in the media industry.

NextGen - Animation, VFX and Games Design

  • Industry-experienced and knowledgeable staff on-hand to teach development using industry-standard software such as Maya, Unity, Unreal, Photoshop,NUKE, Substance Painter and ZBrush.

Our Facilities

Creative Media - Film and TV

  • Excellent equipment, including lights and HD cameras, and industry-standard editing suites, with broadcast-standard software like Adobe Premiere, After Effects.
  • Latest innovations in lighting, tracking and sound hardware, and more than 100 Adobe-equipped networked Macs.

NextGen - Animation, VFX and Games Design

  • The highest-specification networked PCs and Macs in the college.
  • State-of-the-art resources, including a games hub, screening room and art space.

Creative Media - Film and TV

Our students have gone on to:

  • ILM Producer - Aladdin
  • Sound Recordist - The Crown
  • Production Runner - The X Factor
  • Music Videographer
  • Framestore
  • HND Moving Image - Nescot
  • TV Production - Bournemouth University
  • Cinematography - Bournemouth University
  • Journalism - UAL
  • Events Management - University of Gloucestershire
  • Digital Film Production - Ravensbourne

Possible careers...

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Animation
  • Broadcast
  • Cinematographer
  • Compositor
  • Events
  • Events management
  • Designer
  • Film editor
  • Film or TV producer
  • Journalism/publishing
  • Lighting engineer
  • Media producer
  • Product designer
  • Production runner
  • Radio
  • Sound engineer
  • Sound recordist
  • Videographer
  • Visual effects

NextGen - Animation, VFX and Games Design

Our students have gone on to apprenticeships with companies including:

  • ILM
  • DNEG
  • Digital Film Production - Ravensbourne

or to universities including:

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Teesside University
  • De Montford University

and have worked on films such as:

  • Aladdin
  • Pacific Rim
  • Star Wars - The Last Jedi
  • Avengers - End Game
  • Avengers - Infinity War

Possible careers...

  • 3D artist
  • Animation programmer
  • Animation supervisor
  • Animator
  • Character/creature animator
  • Digital arts
  • Game artist
  • Games designer
  • Games developer
  • Games programmer
  • Games tester
  • Motion capture technician
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Production assistant
  • Technical artist
  • UI/UX artist
  • VFX technical assistant
  • Visual effects

At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.

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Skills you will gain

Practical skills and knowledge of industry practice are at the heart of our courses. You will learn from tutors with substantial experience in the sectors and develop skills including:

  • Technical Knowledge
  • Working to a brief
  • Project management
  • Quality Control
  • Multitasking, collaboration and teamwork
  • Networking and self-promotion
  • Freelancing
  • Problem solving and flexibility
  • Communication
  • Technical abilities in a range of contemporary industry software packages
  • Programming
  • Art-based skills
  • Developing your own specialisms

Photograph of a Nescot student

The best thing about the course is the variety of projects we work on. In the last few months we’ve worked on a live broadcast project from the department’s television studio, and created an immersive art installation. Getting to try different things means you learn all kinds of skills, and it helps you to figure out what you want to do in the future. Ruben
Creative Media Level 3

Photograph of a Nescot student

I was part of a team of students who got to the national final of the WorldSkills UK competition, and we won bronze. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so grateful to our teachers. I learnt a lot of technical skills, especially editing techniques, but I also improved my core skills, like working under pressure and communicating. I’m going to university next year, and I think the experiences I’ve had at Nescot have given me an amazing foundation for my degree.Kaiya
Creative Media Level 3