Course Brief

Contemporary art and design practice has moved beyond the traditional media of pencil, paint, clay, etc. Today’s practices may engage with a more modern definition of ‘media’ which includes moving image (film/video), sound, digital forms, and much more. As the practices of art and design have embraced diverse forms of media, there has been a convergence of different forms of practice. Contemporary practitioners, working in media, will regularly combine different methods, techniques and processes.

This unit requires students to select appropriate media practices to utilise alongside or within their chosen discipline. Whether this be the selection of audio/visual materials to enhance a graphic design piece or webpage, or the use of audio within an art installation or fashion show, this unit will allow students to apply research, planning and application of a chosen media practice. In order to correctly utilise and apply media practices, students will need to consider the purpose and outcomes of the medium they have selected and be able to apply these practices appropriately to their work.


  • This course is offered in 60 hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the equipment, techniques and processes of media production through contextual research.
  2. Develop a media production proposal through research and experimentation, in response to a brief.
  3. Apply media practice tools and techniques in the execution of a final outcome.
  4. Present the outcomes of a media practice design process to an identified audience.

Unit level: 4
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.