What's Creative and Digital Media like?

Calling all storytellers, techies, designers and creative thinkers! This is a Foundation Apprenticeship that lets you bring your ideas to life.

There’s a career for you in Scotland’s thriving creative industry – whatever your interests. It’s one of our most diverse sectors, covering subjects such as:

  • architecture
  • TV, radio, film and video
  • fashion and textiles
  • cultural heritage
  • design
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • music
  • visual arts
  • gaming
  • social media

You could do roles such as:

  • broadcast journalist
  • TV or film producer
  • lighting technician
  • actor
  • fashion designer
  • graphic designer
  • photographer

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media. That's the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6.

This includes:

  • a National Progression Award (NPA) in Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 6
  • core units of a Diploma in Creative Digital Media at SCQF level 7
  • a media project unit at SCQF level 6

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of your National Progression award, your topics will include:

  • Creative Industries: An Introduction – Scotland
  • Creative Industries: Understanding a Creative Brief
  • Media: Understanding the Creative Process
  • Storytelling for the Creative Industries

For your Diploma units, you’ll be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll learn how to:

  • work with others in the creative industries
  • communicate using digital marketing/sales channels
  • use digital and social media in marketing campaigns

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • working with others
  • time management

You'll need these transferable skills for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:

  • Modern Apprenticeship: When you complete your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have achieved core units of the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media. You’ll have the right skills and experience to do a related Modern Apprenticeship. These could include Creative and Cultural or Digital Applications.

  • further education: Continue your studies at college with an HNC or HND in a creative or digital subject. Your workplace experience will support your college application.

  • university: All Scottish universities recognise Foundation Apprenticeships as equal to SQA Highers. You’ll already have experience in the industry – this will make your UCAS stand out from the crowd. This apprenticeship also provides you with 42 UCAS tariff points. Find out more about points on the UCAS website

  • straight to a job: Use your qualification and work experience to find a job in the creative industries.

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How will it work?

You'll do the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.

Read our brilliant Creative and Digital Foundation Apprenticeship info to see how it all works!

How can I apply?

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then fill out the form that comes next, to let us know you're interested. We'll get back to you with more information.

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