Creative Media | UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0142-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work. Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art, Design & Media Level 1 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Whether you are interested in becoming a games designer, 3D modeller, web designer, photographer or filmmaker, this could be the first step towards an exciting career in the creative industries.

You will discover a wide range of technologies, with opportunities to realise your individual interests through a programme of projects, preparing you to move on to higher levels of study in creative media, games design, film, art & design or photography.

Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative industries with the confidence to thrive.

Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include two computer suites with Apple Mac computers using the latest professional creative software. We use broadcast video cameras, digital SLR cameras and industry standard animation software. The college also has Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

You should have at least two GCSEs grades 9-2 (A*-F) preferably including English and Maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

An interview with a course tutor will be required prior to enrolment. 

On successful completion, you can progress on to Level 2 Creative Media, Film or Art & Design.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Introduction to creative media methods and skills 
  • Introduction to production techniques
  • Understanding an audience in creative media production
  • Contextual research
  • Exploring audio production and technology
  • Exploring visual production and technology
  • Exploring interactive media production and technology
  • Personal project and presentation (final major project)

Creative media

Why the MET?

This course gives you the opportunity to use industry standard software and hardware such as Sony NX5 cameras and Mac editing suites running Adobe Premier. 

Experts and filmmakers from organisations like the BBC talk to students as part of our guest speaker programme providing up-to-date knowledge of industry thinking and developments.  

You will develop a broad range of digital skills in line with industry expectations and work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients.  

You will have the opportunity to be nominated for the highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition and take place in a spectacular end-of-year show which involves students from other creative media courses such as art, design, photography and games design.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. 

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.


  • Access to industry standard equipment, digital video camera kits and Mac software in our extensive editing suite
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Work experience

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or on live projects, such as commissioned work from an internal or external client.  

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience, however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.

Our level 2 creative media students have worked on a number of different activities including:

  • Software and website testing from a variety of local companies
  • Attending seminars from industry professionals explaining different routes into a range of industries e.g. games design
  • Working as a group on live broadcasts/events internal and external to the college including ‘Now is the future’ for AbilityNet (exploring how new technology can support individuals to overcome disability)
  • Previous students also worked on Kate Tempest’s concert at the Dome in Brighton as part of Brighton Festival.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

What's next?

The majority of level 2 students progress onto level 3 courses in games design, film or photography

The level 2 study programme provides a sound underpinning of practical and theoretical skills to build a portfolio to facilitate progression to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology before progressing to university, employment or an apprenticeship.  

Future careers include: 

  • Editor 
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Photographer
  • Social media executive or content creator
  • Digital marketing
  • Filmmaker
  • Animator

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give something back to your community. 

Course fees and finance

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

You may be required to purchase some basic art materials, sketchbooks or materials to present and display your work throughout the course, plus a note pad and pens. 

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.


Open events

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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