NPA Art & Design: Digital Media SCQF Level 5 NPA

What is special about this course?

The course will provide you with a range of complementary digital media based art and design skills. The 3 units are designed to meet the needs of the creative industries sector including a focus on the development of animation sequences, video and web based digital media content for art and design applications. The course recognises and supports development of skills for industry and future employment. You will receive an introduction to the digital media industry and be taken through an experiential learning process that highlights the key areas of aptitude and attitude for careers in the digital media sectors.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although you should have some knowledge, understanding or prior art based IT skills.

This course is at level SCQF 5 and consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Art and Design: Animation Skills
  • Art and Design: Digital Video Skills
  • Art and Design: Web Content

This is a structured award that recognises existing skills and competences within the art and design based creative industries sector (for those currently in employment), and also develops a range of introductory practical skills, competences and understanding of art and design based digital media applications.

The course will allow you to develop expertise and benefit from practical experience of developing technologies in digital media for art and design, developing skills and knowledge that can support and develop future career aspirations within the creative industries sector

Art and Design: Animation Skills

This unit will provide students with an overview of the development of animation, and an opportunity to reinforce this research based learning with applied practice in the production of basic animation sequences using traditional and computer techniques. As such, it will provide students with a good foundation and understanding of the link between traditional and ICT related skills.

Art and Design: Digital Video Skills

This unit will allow the student to research the use, storage and creative process behind the development of digital video content for art and design. As such, it provides students with the opportunity to plan and create a video sequence, developing applied understanding of camera and filming techniques and basic editing and storage processes.

Art and Design: Web Content

This unit will allow students to develop and extend their applied understanding of creating web content for art and/or design contexts. As such, it provides students with a chance to reinforce earlier research skills in the identification of a range and variety of web based content usage.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

The course is classroom based, but there may be opportunities to make visits to appropriate organisations that have digital media functions.  Project work in teams is a key aspect of the course, and this will provide opportunities for you to develop your employability skills.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

The course will require a total of 120 hours of study.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to progress to NC Digital Media Computing level 5, which is a full-time course.  Alternatively you can study a number of units from the full-time course on a part-time basis.

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.