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Digital Design

2 Years
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You will learn about the creative process, how to be a visual communicator, and understand the language of design for online content.
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At Newcastle College we are committed to offering you the best possible learning experience so that you can really thrive and achieve your potential. Our real working environments give you a taste of what it’s like to work in your chosen industry and help you to develop the skills to go out into the competitive job market and secure that all important job. As a student you will benefit from industry experienced staff, a multi-million pound campus investment and a thriving student scene. Our range of over 60 Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees are designed with employers to ensure course content meets industry demand. Throughout your time with us you will be challenged by live briefs set by employers, gain industry insight through guest speaker lectures and be offered work placement opportunities, so you are sure to graduate with the skills and knowledge that set you apart from the competition.


There is an exciting opportunity to join the College’s Enterprise Society, known as the ‘Toon-Trepreneurs’, to develop and enhance your enterprise skills with a view to supporting you to develop your own business. Working with key local businesses, the Society is supported by a Board of Trustees and is managed through elected student officers, by students for students. Workshop sessions will be available throughout the academic year to support you in developing skills in areas such as leadership, marketing and finance with opportunities to test your business by operating it out of the College’s state-of-the art retail outlets at Parson Building. Our clubs and societies are a great way to meet new people and get involved in a range of activities. We encourage students to develop ideas and we may be able to support you in starting your own club or society.

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Our Learning Support Service provides support, advice and guidance for higher education students with a wide range of learning needs and who are in receipt of DIsabled Students Allowance (DSA)A. We are able to support students in a number of ways and have a dedicated higher education support team. They provide specialist support to undergraduate students in receipt of DSA, in the following areas: • assistive technology support • autism support • dyslexia support • learning difficulties and physical disabilities support • sensory support • wellbeing support. The Learning Support Service at Newcastle College is committed to providing an inclusive education for all learners. We offer support to learners with difficulties and/or disabilities to make sure that the College is a safe and positive environment for all. We provide support, advice and guidance for learners with a wide range of needs and are here to assist you throughout your time at College. Our aim is to increase participation achievement and progression, making sure the College is a safe and positive environment for all learners. Under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to complete confidentiality when you disclose a disability. We encourage you to sign a disclosure statement to make sure we can put the most effective support in place. If you require information regarding these support services please contact the Learning Support Service through 0191 200 4189 or


Ryehill Campus

Scotswood Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear


United Kingdom

Who’s this course for?

You will learn about the creative process, how to be a visual communicator, and understand the language of design for online content. The aim of year one is to establish yourself as a freelance digital designer and take on your own personal projects. You will study User Experience Design, User Interface Design and Front End Development (HTML and CSS). The course also covers Adobe software. You will also learn how to be responsive with your designs so that they work across all screen based mediums. In year two design and development of apps and web based content for mobile devices are a large part, fitting in with the fast moving expansion of this area. You will also have the opportunity to learn JavaScript and back end languages such as PHP.

Modular structure

Year One: Personal and Professional Development 1, Work-Based Project 1, Practice Enrichment, Contextual Studies, Digital Skills Acquisition, Interface Design, Sequential Imaging, Motion Graphics and Idents. course content. Year Two: Personal and Professional Development 2, Work-Based Project 2, Alternative Techniques, Contextual Studies 2, Scripting and Programming for Web, App Design and Development Design for Web.

Skills and experience gained

Work placements are an integral part of this course and you will be supported through our dedicated work placement team. Previously students have gained placements at organisations such as Orange Bus, Hedgehog Labs, Status Digital, Cravens and Gospelware. The course balances practical and creative skills with theoretical study. You will develop your skills through work-based projects, professional personal development, practical work and academic study within interaction, web design, design for apps, motion graphics and web-based animation. Practical and technical skills modules are delivered in our industrystandard digital resource centres and creative studios across the college campus and you will be supported through lectures and seminars as well as our online learning environment.

After the course

Potential career paths range from web design, app designer, developer, graphic design, front end developer and project management roles. Academic progression is also available through a specialist subject pathway of our BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up).
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