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Digital Media Higher National Diploma

Course Description

A Digital Art & Design Course for Creatives!

This diverse and fast-paced course provides professional training in motion graphics, animation, video compositing, 3D graphics, and visual effects (VFX). Students learn how to research and generate ideas and gain the design skills needed to produce high-end, mouth-watering graphics.

 Year one covers a broad range of skills in computer graphics, motion graphics, VFX (visual effects), video compositing, animation and 3D modelling.

Year 2 develops and refine these skills, focusing on advanced motion graphics and editing, 3D character animation, 3D cinematography. Students learn to produce professional quality motion graphics, rig and animate 3D models and light, render and composite their work.

These skills equip students for careers in motion design, visual effects, 3D graphics for games, film and television. 

See the exciting directions our graduates move on to!

This is a two-year BTEC Higher National Diploma, an international qualification delivered and recognised around the world. As part of the UK framework it is equivalent in value to a Foundation Degree. 

This course can be viewed as the first two years of a three-year Higher Education degree.  Graduates can apply to a range of UK colleges and universities to do a one-year top-up to achieve an Honours Degree.  They may also apply for advanced entry to a number of Irish Higher Education courses. 

On completing this course, students are also well equipped to go directly into the workplace.



This year some of our students are doing a 2-week work placement doing VFX in a film studio in Malaga, Spain as part of the Erasmus program. Read about it here


Where can this course take you? 

Watch this short interview with Oliver Keane, a graduate of the Digital Media course, to hear about the impressive possibilities for our course graduates:

Watch this interview with Oliver Keane, award winning graduae of the Digital Media course, now working for top advertising agencies as a motion designer.

Student Showreel: Zoe Serodio

Motion by Zoe


Watch on Vimeo  The Name of the Wind Animation from Laura Clarke on VimeoLaura Clark, Digital Media Year 1. A 28 second animation of 'The Name of the Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss. Drawings done in Adobe Photoshop and animated in Adobe Animate. Audio from the UK audiobook on read by Rupert Degas.

 'How to make a cloud in a bottle' - an animated Explainer Video made as a group project using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Illustrator: 
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Click to watch 'How to make a cloud in a bottle' - an Explainer Video made as a group project.


CSN Digital Media- A course for creatives!

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Digital Media Student Showreel

Click to watch the CSN Digital Media Student Showreel

Watch the Digital Media Student Showreel on Youtube: 2D animation, 3D lighting and modelling, 3D animation, Motion Graphics, VFK, compositing, sound editing, and much more.

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