Truro and Penwith College

Higher National Diploma in Media Moving Image

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Contextual Studies Introduction (TCMM102)

      This module aims to develop an understanding of contextual studies introducing the study of genre, codes and conventions and media theory. It introduces students to theoretical concepts and analytical tools, closely related to the practical study of factual and studio-based programmes.

    • Factual Production (TCMM103)

      This module aims to allow students to develop ideas/skills and experience roles within the production of a factual project. Students will conduct research, planning and assume a specific role as part of a production team during the making of a factual programme.

    • Graphical Communication in Moving Image (TCMM104)

      This module introduces the student to the principles and practices of graphic design as applied to moving image products, both in a still and animated context. Students will subsequently produce a 2D computer animation project.

    • Production Skills (TCMM105)

      This module aims to develop the skills of camera operators in studio, multi-camera and outside broadcast. It will explore the techniques of controlling light in a variety of situations and enhance students confidence and ability in shooting footage by exploring complex scenarios.

    • Studio Production (TCMM106)

      This module will introduce students to the working studio environment. Learners will identify a range of studio productions and analyse techniques used in studio recordings. The practical element of the module will consist of the production of a studio based multi-camera production.

    • Film Making Skills (TCMM107)

      This module introduces essential practical skills for moving image production. Students will be introduced to a wide range of equipment to enable them to record pictures and sound and learn about camera, audio and lighting techniques. They will explore simple editing techniques and produce short video products.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Contextual Study of Film (TCMM201)

      This module introduces students to a theoretical framework for understanding cinema and to enable students to develop the skills of a director in the film, television and video industry. The role of the director will be investigated through analysing a range of film, television and video productions. This module will allow students to understand the basic role of the director whilst allowing them to demonstrate their skill and understanding through practical productions.

    • Fiction Production (TCMM202)

      This module provides students with an opportunity to put skills developed in other modules into practice. They will produce a fictional / drama product from a script that they have written or one that has been adapted. Students should produce their work individually, or by leading a team. The end product should contain all of the elements of a professionally produced product.

    • Advanced Practice (TCMM203)

      This unit aims to allow students to develop further skills in video editing and post production audio. It encourages an orderly approach to organising the edit environment, and allows students to explore the creative options open to an editor working with a director.

    • Extended Study (TCMM204)

      The aim of this module is to help students further develop their knowledge and understanding of the media industries and career opportunities within them. Students can investigate with a view to defining career opportunities within the Moving Image industries. They will explore methods and practices of gaining employment, including issues surrounding contracts, tax issues and freelance working.

    • Final Major Project (TCMM205)

      This module enables students to demonstrate their ability to put into practice skills and knowledge learned elsewhere on the course, and to work independently and creatively on a media project of their own devising. It is expected that the Media project will form a major part of each student's portfolio of work by the end of the course. The scope of possible projects is limited only by the available time, resources, budget, feasibility and the constraints of an agreed brief which is agreed with the module leader, and projects may include work in more than one medium.

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.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

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 Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
Plymouth students working on a group project