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Creative Digital Media Production Higher National Diploma (HND)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start in September 2023 and will last for one academic year.

Entry requirements

A Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Digital Media or equivalent qualification in a related subject.

You will achieve

A HND in Creative Digital Media Production.

Course overview

Our HND in Digital Creative Media Production has been developed in collaboration with employers in an ambition to meet the needs of the growing demands of the industry, a Higher Technical Qualification provides the opportunity to gain the proper training, knowledge, and skills to be successful in the workplace. Studying for the HND in Digital Creative Media at Barnsley College, you will access state-of-the-art facilities that align with the industry. Complete with specialist facilities, high tech specifications and modern settings, you will study a broad range of computing topics that prepare you for your next steps. 

This course builds on the units you studied in the Level 4 Higher National Certificate. By progressing onto or joining us on the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, it allows you to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes directed towards degree level study. 

Course content

At Barnsley College, you have the opportunity to specialise in the Film or Games Development pathway, both of which have been aligned to the industry standards: 

 Common units 

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set) 
  • Personal Professional Development 

 Film Pathway 

  • Advanced Film Production Studies 
  • Multi-camera Production 
  • Videography 
  • Narrative 
  • Sound for Media 

 Games Pathway 

  • Advanced Game Development Studies 
  • Environment and Level Design 
  • Advanced 3D 
  • Narrative 
  • Sound for Media 

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired via lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, computer assisted learning, case studies, video and other multi-media presentations. 

 You will be taught through lectures, practical sessions and independent learning. We foster a culture of independent learning and decision making that will develop your problem solving and analytical skills. 

 You will complete project-based assessments which will combine several units to give you an employment-based assessment. The teaching will reflect the project approach and will include aspects of teamworking. 

All equipment will be provided.

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

You will be able to progress onto the final year of a relevant degree programme (top-up) or into employment in any of the related study subjects.

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £5,995. You can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of this course.

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Creative Digital Media Production Higher National Diploma (HND)

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