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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Dreams come true for Nottingham College theatre students


For an actor, and especially an actor in training, there is no better, or more prestigious, stage than that of the National Theatre in London.

A celebration of creativity


From giant cars made from scrap metal, extravagant costume design, moving furniture, and jewellery made from nature; these were just some of the creative pieces displayed as part of the students' End of Year Art and Design Show.

Students gain inspiration from industry


Students were able to tap into industry knowledge this week as our High Pavement campus opened its doors to careers advisors from local businesses and universities. 

City and Guilds names Nottingham College ‘UK Centre of the Year‘


Nottingham College was honoured at the City and Guilds Lion Awards last week (15th June), winning the UK Centre of the Year award at a prestigious ceremony held in London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens.

Fashion students strut their stuff on the catwalk


St Mary’s Gate Church became a stunning backdrop for a catwalk fashion show for Nottingham College Fashion students' End of Year catwalk show.

Megan’s artwork reaches new heights


Talented young artist Megan Cresswell has taken her final college project to a whole new level, literally… 

Ncn and Central College merge to become Nottingham College


New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham have today merged to create Nottingham College – set to be one of the largest colleges in the country.

Top chef Alex Bond inspires students with contemporary cuisine


Michelin-trained chef Alex Bond took time out of his busy schedule last week to work alongside trainee chefs to cook a five-course meal for the public.

Join us for our Aspire summer showcase!


Our University Centre is holding a special summer showcase at ncn City on 7th June, 4-7.30pm. ‘Aspire’ is an end of year celebration for current HE students, and for those interested in a degree-level course, it’s a great chance to see what ncn has...

ncn alumnus lands lead role in Playhouse production


Talented actor and former ncn student, Andre Squire, got the chance to perform back in his hometown after landing a lead role in the stage production of The Grapes of Wrath.

Students feel the heat from the kitchen


Our students have shown they have what it takes after impressing Nottingham diners during their Marco Pierre White restaurant takeover.

I declare Creative 122 officially open!


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham on 10th May at a special launch event held at our City campus.

Awards success for talented Nottingham students


Creative students from both ncn and Central College were honoured at the 2017 Young Creative Awards on Wednesday 10 May. 

Creative 122 set to open by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students will open to the public on Wednesday 10th May at an official launch event at ncn City (Adams Building).