Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and digital media

Do you love being creative? Thought about working in film, TV, radio, publishing, games or online media? 

The creative industries in Scotland combine technical skills, design, and storytelling. A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Creative and digital media could be your foot in the door.

The Foundation Apprenticeship

An FA in Creative and digital media helps you discover what a career in the creative industries would be like, and if it’s right for you – while you're still at school. You’ll try out creative roles, shadow experienced professionals, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

What qualifications will I gain?

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA in Creative and digital media. At the end, you’ll achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Creative and digital media at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • A National Progression Award in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 6
  • Four work-based units from the Diploma in Creative Digital Media at SCQF Level 7
  • A media project unit at SCQF Level 6

Where could it take me?

With an FA in Creative and digital media, you could:

  • Gain entry to the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and digital media at SCQF Level 7
  • Or, progress to an MA in Creative and Cultural or Digital Applications at SCQF Level 6
  • Move on to an HNC, HND or degree in a related subject
  • Start work in the industry or become a freelancer


The graphic shows where an FA could take you. You could move on to an MA in creative and digital media, or a college or uni course in creative arts. Typical jobs include web editor, digital marketing manager or video producer. Skills gained include work readiness, numeracy skills, working with others, problem solving, organisational skills, and time management

In 'Aberdeen City' this Foundation Apprenticeship is available at:

North East College, Aberdeen City Campus