Computing with Digital Media NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

Whether you are checking social media, keeping up with YouTube, or playing your favourite game, you are interacting with the work of a team of coders, video editors, designers, artists and animators.

If you want to join them, this course is the perfect start.

We will guide you as you work with DSLR's, graphics tablets, HMD's, Smartphones, 3D Capture and network hosting solutions. You will explore how to create everything from mobile games to broadcast news.

You will be surrounded by talented, creative, and technically minded students. You will be challenged, inspired and above all supported.

We continue to support XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative and Digital Industries festival. This gives our students exposure to the bleeding edge of Tech and Creative development, a great opportunity to see what’s available in the work market.

We aim to offer all students opportunity for work placements and regularly have commercial projects available to talented candidates.

Find a future where you do what you love.

Entry requirements

Studying at SCQF level 5, you should have achieved National 5 Computing Science or a minimum of 3 relevant National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level qualifications (ideally in Art/Graphic Communication and Maths/Computing).

You will attend an interview.

You will study from a range of subjects such as:

  • 3D modelling and animation
  • game design
  • video production
  • image editing
  • network literacy
  • website design and development
  • website graphics
  • applications development
  • computing project
  • computer hardware and systems
  • social media literacy
  • digital media
  • core skills numeracy and communication

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is available in all of our college centres.

You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

Full Time: 3 days per week for 34 weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

September / October


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

Further information on course fees & funding can be found here

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider returning and study at SCQF level 6.

Alternatively you could continue study in areas such as interactive media, web development, software development, 3D computer animation, computing and technical support.

This qualification also provides an ideal skillset to move into employment into a small to medium sized business or as a start point for a career in a larger organisation.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

This computing course is really creative and that is what interested me. There is such a wide variety of subjects to do with the creative use of computing that you cover. 

Learning Blender is amazing. You can do so much with this 3D animation software and it is so easy to use. One of the highlights has been a project that we worked on to make a tourism film called "Welcome to Fort William".

I would definitely recommend the course.

Rowan Mackenzie

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