Creative Media (Visual Effects) (formerly 3D Modelling and Animation) Weymouth College


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Computer animation is arguably the most successful application of digital technology in the creative sector. It provides an exciting, flexible medium for creating incredible films. It has revolutionised the world of special effects and is integral to the billion-dollar computer game industry. Interest in careers in 3D Modelling and Animation (especially as they apply to games) is high. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

This course is designed to present opportunities to students to work with a range of techniques and technologies, producing work for a variety of clients and platforms. This approach allows students to experiment in several diverse sectors of the creative industries and informs crucial individual decisions regarding further training, education or employment.

Students will develop an array of academic, practical and interpersonal skills and undertake a substantial work placement project in an aspect of the industry of their choice, and as a result of this and other industry related tasks, they will come into contact with and work with local employers.

This course follows the Pearson HND/HNC Diploma in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects) (RQF) (which will be the title of the final award given to students on this course).

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year 1 - Mandatory Core Units: Individual Project (Pearson-set); Creative Media Industry; Professional Practice. Specialist Units: Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Culture; Visual Effects Practices; 3D Modelling. Optional: Light and Sound; Principles of Animation.
Year 2 - Mandatory: Collaborative Project (Pearson-set); Personal Professional Development. Specialist: Advanced Visual Effects Studies. Optional: Advanced Rendering & Visualisation; Advanced Animation; Advanced 3D Modelling; Narrative.

Assessment method

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 12Q2
Institution code W66
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of 48 UCAS Points required
A level A* - D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma D*D*D* - PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma Considered

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved. Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Interview with portfolio


Interview with portfolio

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,750 Year 1
EU £5,750 Year 1
International £5,750 Year 1
England £5,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,750 Year 1
Scotland £5,750 Year 1
Wales £5,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional Course Costs Additional costs include £5 refundable HE Centre pass, a £24 College parking permit if applicable. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.