About the Course – Creative Video & Moving Image

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Update – At present the course is closed. If you are interested in finding out more information regarding the course then please contact me by emailing jeffrey.sutton@snc.ac.uk


This is a highly creative course designed to inspire individual innovation, encouraging students to be bold, experiment with the technical possibilities of the moving image, and gain a competitive professional edge.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of creative moving image work including

  • Motion Graphics/Illustration
  • Title Sequences
  • Idents
  • Visual Effects & Compositing
  • Animation
  • Artistic & Experimental endeavours
  • Club Visuals & VJ’ing
  • Filmmaking
  • Music Promos

The course is primarily practical based, with approximately 75% of the course Practical and 25% Theoretical.

Through the two year full-time course students will be taken through a number of specialisms including:

  • Cinematography and Practical Visual Techniques
  • Innovation and Pioneers in Moving Image
  • Club Visuals & Audiovisual Performance
  • Theoretical & Contextual Perspectives
  • Photography, Design & Illustration for the Moving Image
  • Editing and Post-Production.
  • Motion Graphics & Special Effects
  • Professional Practice & Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Sound Design & Soundscape Production

The ethos of the course is ‘Experiment Create Innovate’. Students are encouraged to indulge their own interests, and a significant part of the course focuses on developing a student’s creative practice and the building of a portfolio to demonstrate their talent.

This course attracts a diverse range of students with backgrounds from Media Production, Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Photography, Illustration and Animation with a common aim – to explore the possibilities of the moving image.

Technical aptitude paired with creativity.

We believe in introducing students to everything from lo-fi approaches to the latest digital technology. Students will be taken through a wide range of natural and digital techniques & processes to influence and inspire their own work, where they will be able to use a variety of techniques and processes including Super8 film, inktanks, digital compositing, pixilation, slitscan and matchmoving.

We teach a wide range of state of the art software including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Shake, & Reason but do not consider software to be the be-all end-all, and encourage students to use other non-digital media to get the best results.

We have a high level of availability and student access to our wide range of equipment, which includes SD & HD Professional video cameras, Super 8 & 16mm film, professional camera mounts, studio with integrated lighting, green-screen and projection systems, along with sound kits, and camera mounts.


The course has been developed in close collaboration with major industry figures, who have been instrumental in shaping the course content to ensure currency and validity.

In the second year there is a strong underpinning of professional skills development, giving students a detailed understanding of pitching and proposal writing skills, and in developing entrepreneurial skills enabling students to make opportunities happen.

Staff have current and long-standing careers in the creative arts and moving image industry, and will inform students on the innovative and sometimes unusual approaches needed to get ahead.


We believe that no other course in the country matches the range and depth of this foundation degree, and that this course offers a unique opportunity for students.

This qualification is in the process of gaining full accreditation and validation from Lincoln University, and information here is subject to change until full validation is confirmed.

For more information on the units, please click on the ‘course units’ banner.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jeffrey.sutton@snc.ac.uk

APPLICATION INFORMATION – Students can apply through UCAS Route A or B. The course is listed under South Nottingham College in the UCAS handbook/Website.


Institution Code Name SNC Institution Code S46 Campus Code C

(Route A)Course Code W600 Shortform title FdA/CVMI

(Route B)Course Code E600 Shortform title FdA/CVMIb

ASSESSMENT- Assessment is continuous through set and negotiated assignments, both written and practical.

PROGRESSION – The course will enable you to progress onto a subject related career, or to progress onto the 2nd or 3rd year of a degree programme (subject to performance).

TYPE – 2 years full-time Foundation Degree

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – Applicants should be 18 years of age or above and have successfully completed one of the following

  1. Foundation Course in Art & Design
  2. BTEC National Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/AVCE or other appropriate level 3 qualification
  3. Two A Levels at Grade D or above.

Students should have a good level of written English – preferably GCSE Grade C or above

Mature applicants will be considered on creative potential and not necessarily academic qualifications.

Candidates will be expected to support their application with a relevant portfolio.


A range of professional cameras are available for students to book out, either for assignments or personal work. These include SD & HD and film.

Other equipment includes a range of Professional equipment, including microphones, audio recorders, lighting kits, camera mounts & tripods.

Studios are available, with integrated lighting, and greenscreen.

We have state of the art software running on our Apple Mac suites. These include –

Video Editing

  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Premiere Pro*

Motion Graphics

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop Extended
  • Apple Motion
  • Adobe Flash Professional*

Special Effects / Compositing

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Imagineer Mokey
  • Apple Shake
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Propellerheads Reason
  • Digidesign Protools
  • Adobe Soundbooth*
Stills / Illustration
  • Adobe Photoshop Extended
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • iStopmotion
DVD Authoring
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro
  • Adobe Encore*

The software with an asterisk * is available, but is not primary software taught/used on the course.

Students will have full access to Microsoft Office, and Apple iLife – iMovie, iDVD, Garageband etc.

We are currently looking into a variety of software solutions for advanced VJ skills and performance – including MAX/MSP/Jitter and Processing.


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