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Digital Design

Advanced Diploma

Our complete creative training, all packed into a two year HND equivalent course.

Bursaries available to school leavers *

Course overview

The Digital Design Advanced Diploma combines a broad base of hands-on design skills wuth the core strategic marketing knowledge to underpin it. The course is a perfect base from which to launch a career in a sector where artistic talent on its own is simply not enough and only those with the ability to design work that effectively conveys the desired commercial message will succeed.

As with all Hove College programmes training is focused exclusively on the real world of the commercial media environment. Actual case studies and project work are fundamental parts of each course module and the training is delivered by lecturers who themselves each have extensive career experience in the field. The programme covers everything from professional graphic design using tools such as Photoshop, InDesign and Flash to the underpinning theory of strategic marketing practice. Highly valuable specialist skills such as public relations techniques and copywriting are also taught.

Progression pathways

In addition, the programme has been designed to mesh with the course requirements necessary for direct entry into the final year of a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design at a UK University.

Examples of agreed progression options:

BA(Hons) Digital Media Design
BA(Hons) Graphic Design
BA(Hons) Media Writing
BA(Hons) Journalism
BA(Hons) Media Communication and Culture
BA(Hons) Promotional Media

What the students' say…

I am very pleased and excited by the opportunities this course has provided me. Due to the comprehensive and relevant nature of the content I have been offered some great opportunities and I am currently continuing my studies in a UK university but I also feel fully able to apply my new skills on a more direct career path if I so wished. Everything at Hove College is setup to help students achieve their goals. Tutors with industry experience, small interactive groups and a really caring atmosphere.

Bhavna Rummun, Mauritius
* Must be from a UK school and aged 18-19 at the point of enrolment.

Course duration

2 academic years

Entry requirements

A good secondary education to GCSE or O Level standard, English Level B1/B2.

Start dates

  • 18th February 2019
  • 8th July 2019
  • 23rd September 2019

Syllabus overview

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Website Integration
  • e-Commerce
  • Internet Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Database Integration
  • Adobe Flash Animation
  • Server Side Script PHP
  • Web Techology AJAX
  • Practical Projects and assignments
  • Free Careers Course
  • and more


Hove College Advanced Diploma in Digital Design
and OCN Level 4/5 Certificates