Access to Media

Be part of this ever-changing, multimedia world!

Want to study media at university but don’t have the qualifications to get in? This one year fast-track access course will give you the credits to secure your place at university to start your dream career!

What is Access to Media?

This course is designed for those who are pursuing a career in the creative industry. Whether you want to become a graphic or multimedia designer, get involved in TV, journalism and film or become an animator; Access to Media is the best path way into your dream university course!  

The course will give you the stepping stone that you need to prepare you for your degree. Equipping you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to progress on to this level of study. 

What will I study?

  • Digital Photography
  • Adobe Creative software such as Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Video Production
  • Script writing
  • Film & Popular Culture
  • Planning and promoting an event
  • Work on live briefs with real clients
  • Build a portfolio of work

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed especially for students aged 19+ who want to fast-track to degree-level study. It is perfect for those who have had a few years out of education or haven’t completed a college course or A levels or simply just want a change in career! 


If you are aged 19-23 you may be eligible for a reduction in fees. There are also 24+ Advanced Learning Loans available. To find out more information and if you are entitled to these reductions please see our Fees and Funding page or call one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100. 

However, if you progress from an Access to Media course and complete a university degree your access course fees will be wiped! 

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Students cook up a storm with the help of top Nottingham chef


Nottingham diners were treated to a special five-course tasting menu created by successful local chef Craig Floate last week at our Adams Restaurant.

Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards


The final of the Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards’ Best Young Talent, Back of House Award, took place at our Adams Restaurant & Brasserie this week (6th November).

Students hit the bullseye with Winmau sponsorship renewal


Young people in Nottingham are being given the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the global darts industry following the renewal of a three-year sponsorship with Winmau, the world’s leading darts brand.

Congratulations to our HE Graduates!


More than 400 Nottingham College Higher Education (HE) students are celebrating their academic success as they graduate today.

Expert chef goes back to where it first began


Successful Nottingham chef, Craig Floate, will be sharing his years of culinary expertise with some of our aspiring chefs on 9th November, when he is set to take over our Adams Restaurant.

Public consultation opens for new £60m Nottingham College campus development


Nottingham College moves a step closer towards its new £60m landmark City Hub campus development with the launch of its public consultation exercise today.

Nottingham College students make over Broadway performers


Broadway musical have been brought to life thanks to eye-catching makeovers created by students at Nottingham College.

Matthew engineers top award


An engineering student from Nottingham College, Matthew Taylor, was crowned “Young Inventor of the Year” at the annual Made in the Midlands business awards on 19 October.

Nottingham College salon joins local businesses for Halloween fun


Families wanting to have “a spooktacular” half term filled with haunting activity can join a special Halloween Trail this week

Uni Fair steers students in the right direction


Students aspiring to further their education attended a mini University Fair at our High Pavement Sixth Form campus this week.

Female Football Open Evening


Nottingham College is holding an open evening on Friday 3 November for young female footballers to find out more about its partnership with Nottingham Forest Ladies FC.

Dance students share the stage with the professionals


Dance students had the opportunity to perform alongside professional dancers on 5th October, at Lakeside Arts, in a show put together by London-based, African contemporary dance company Tavaziva.

High Pavement Society rewards student success


Our high achieving A Level students were honoured this week for their outstanding hard work and academic ability at the High Pavement Society Awards.

Well done to our hard working GCSE students!


More than 1500 Nottingham College GCSE students collected their results today (24th August).