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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

Due to the high number of applications the course is on hold.

In the HND Digital Film and Television course allows you to benefit from using the latest technologies and industry practice during your studies. Throughout the course you will develop a skillset which equips you with key industry requirements in content development, production, technical and postproduction stages of programme making, in a setting that encourages you to work collaboratively. You will have the opportunity to make short form documentaries, films and music videos for individual and group briefs throughout the academic year.

What will I learn?

Year 1: 

You will develop skills in production-led video projects which will take you through the process of content creation, pre-production, production and postproduction, enabling you to craft a digital video portfolio. You will build technical and workflow skills including camera operation, lighting, editing and sound recording. 

Year 2:  

You will further develop your portfolio with short films covering the essentials of screenwriting, directing and production skills for drama. You will also enhance your understanding of the development process in factual screenwriting. These areas are underpinned by advancing technical skills in camera, lighting, and editing. You will also gain industry understanding through master classes delivered by working professionals and create a showreel and CV highlighting your practical skills. 

Progression through to year 2 is not guaranteed, we take into consideration your year 1 grade and your overall aptitude, attitude, and attendance. 

Through the HND you will benefit from the opportunity to find industry work placements, CV writing, and workplace development. You will also be involved in a final showcase incorporating your portfolio of work. 

You can view a sample of our student work, including our Royal Television Society winning entries, on the Digital Film and TV channel on Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/tvgcc 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NQ Introduction to Broadcasting and Film - Level 5
  • NQ Media Studies - Level 5
  • NQ Journalism
  • At least one Higher (or equivalent), English is preferred 
  • Applications are welcome from those without formal entry qualifications but who can demonstrate an interest in the creative industries through experience, with an emphasis on television and video production. Relevant work experience, programme ideas or similar and boundless enthusiasm, creativity and team-working skills are essential. 

Entry requirements equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent industry links and there are a number of opportunities which arise each year. Here are some of the most recent...

  • This year Glasgow-based post production house, Serious Facilities, offered site visits to six of our HNC and HND Digital Film and TV students. This was followed up with three further work placements and an offer of full-time employment for one of our HND year 2 students.
  • Freelance television and film industry visits often lead to further opportunities for our students. Stuart Cadenhead (1st Assistant Director) and Barry Laird, (Assistant Director and Locations) recently spoke with HND Digital Film and Television students about production management. This led to a week-long work placement for one of our students on the television period drama Melrose (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and further opportunities working with the Comedy Unit and other productions. 

Jobs and further study

  • The potential for advanced entry to various film and TV courses at universities in the UK and overseas (grade dependent). 
  • Employment in the TV or film industry - A number of graduates from this course have found work with BBC Scotland, STV, CineLab Film and Digital, MTP, Blazing Griffin, Savalas and many other independent companies.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an interview session
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267