FdA Creative Media

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

Visit the Petroc website to find out how we can help you go further in life.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to Creative Media Practice (PETR1154)

      Through hands-on projects, lectures, and workshops, this module introduces and exposes students to the practical and technical elements of media production, teaching key competencies in Filmmaking, Photography, Graphics Design, Sound Design, and Editing. The module's aim is to provide a working grasp of the many techniques and capabilities essential for the advancement of a creative media professional.

    • Developing Narratives (PETR1155)

      Students will discover narrative and meaning construction across various creative arts mediums in this module. Students will examine theories and approaches of storytelling and acquire experience in constructing their own captivating narratives through a practice-led approach. The module combines theories and practices to provide a working knowledge of the creative potential of narrative across creative arts projects.

    • Employability, Entrepreneurship, and Social Media (PETR1156)

      Students will investigate and uncover the link between social media, employability, and entrepreneurship in this subject, as well as learn how to utilise social media as a tool to help establish a professional brand and network with industry professionals. Students will learn how to promote prospective business possibilities and how to stand out in a highly competitive field through a series of lectures.

    • Transmedia Storytelling & Branding (PETR1157)

      Students will examine the theory and practice of producing a cohesive and consistent story across several platforms and mediums by developing a collaborative transmedia campaign concept. The module will discuss the core principles and techniques of transmedia branding, such as cross-promotion, brand extension, and audience engagement. Students will investigate the ethical aspects of transmedia branding, as well as the impact of the culture industry on it.

    • Situating Practice (PETR1158)

      This module serves as the Level 4 final major project, in which students evaluate their theoretical and practical skills development throughout the programme and formulate a plan for future professional development. Students will also present their work to a wider audience after learning about important presentation and exhibition methods and approaches.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Critical Dialogues & Perspectives (PETR2091)

      This module investigates the influence of art and media portrayal and how it affects critical dialogues about gender, sexuality, race, and politics. Students will explore a range of art discourses and produce creative arts projects that promote social change and a multitude of critical perspectives.

    • Exploring Societal Issues (PETR2092)

      Within this module, students will design, plan, and realise a themed, collaborative practical project. The theme of their project will focus on challenging and debating real-world issues. This module aims to support students as they further develop their theoretical, practical, and teamwork skills through the development of a creative project that highlights and addresses societal issues.

    • Interactive Media & Emerging Technologies (PETR2093)

      The creative media industry is underpinned by technology, and as technology develops, new and innovative practices push the boundaries and open exciting opportunities for creative individuals to develop inspirational, sustainable, and creative experiences. This module will expose learners to these emerging technologies, such as virtual production and game design, with the view for learners to then develop their own interactive media projects and experiences.

    • Explore, Experiment, and Exhibit (PETR2094)

      Students will culminate their learning with the development and realisation of their own Specialist Major Project, taking in everything they have discovered over stage 1 and 2 to cement the creative, research, technical and organisational skills. Students will embed multidisciplinary practice through engaging with practices from different disciplines, or by collaborating with other students from different disciplines.

    • Specialist Major Project (PETR2095)

      Students will culminate their learning with the development and realisation of their own Specialist Major Project, taking in everything they have discovered over stage 1 and 2 to cement the creative, research, technical and organisational skills. Students will embed multidisciplinary practice through engaging with practices from different disciplines, or by collaborating with other students from different disciplines.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Petroc

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
Plymouth students working on a group project