Creative Media Courses

Creative Media Courses

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Through our accredited courses you will develop new skills, gain qualifications, collaborate with local, regional and international artists, meet new people with similar interests, get a start in the creative industries with professional mentors and grow in confidence.

Why choose Nerve Centre? 

Nerve Centre has been at the heart of the local creative industries for over 30 years. While many know us for our live venue (Kasabian, Snow Patrol, David Gray), practice rooms, music lessons, cinema programme or the annual Foyle Film Festival, we have been delivering full time courses since 1992.

Many former students have used our courses as a stepping stone to establish careers in the creative arts locally and beyond. Our accredited courses are the perfect way to develop new skills, collaborate with artists, meet new people, learn from professional mentors, grow in confidence as an artist and gain a qualification in the creative industries.

All of our courses:

  • Are for everyone. You do need to be aged 16+ but there’s no upper age limit. 

  • Run annually from October to June, three days per week (approx. 10am-4pm). 

  • Are accredited by the National Open College Network (OCN) at Level 3. Many of our recent graduates have progressed onto relevant Higher Education courses.

  • Are 100% free (no catches)!  

  • The next step towards a career in the creative industries.

All we require is that you have a passion to create.

All our courses are fully accredited by the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) at Level 3 and are delivered in partnership with South West College. Many of our recent graduates have progressed onto relevant Higher Education courses.

Who do I contact?

If you would like to talk over your choices contact our Courses Coordinator Richard Taylor.  


T: 02871 260 562

Creative Media

Nerve Centre’s Creative Media course is a perfect introductory course to a career in the creative industries. The course covers a wide range of creative digital media skills in areas such as filmmaking, digital imaging, sound production and web design, giving you the practical skills and technical knowledge to embark on a career in the creative industries.

 Whether you’re leaving school, wanting to improve your digital media skills or retraining later in life, the course is open to everyone aged 16 to 60 plus with no previous experience necessary and offers a dynamic, exciting learning environment with access to the latest software and technology to bring your creative ideas to life.

 Creative Media students will have access to a suite of Apple Mac computers and the latest educational software from South West College, including Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, GarageBand, Microsoft Office and more.

Previous Creative Media students have gone on to work in film and television, graphic design, music production and further education. 

Music Production & Performance

This course has been designed to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be a confident all-round performer and navigate the developing music industry landscape providing a deep dive into all aspects of the ever changing music industry. Get the edge - improve your recordings, songwriting and productions and amplify your performance and market release skills with our professional industry tutors. 

Our industry experienced tutors will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to produce, record, mix, master and release your own music. You'll also be trained in arrangement skills, live sound and music for film with state-of-the-art equipment and studios.

Digital Film and Media Production

Nerve Centre’s improved Digital Film and Animation course  offers a practical and hands-on introduction to creating your own visual content, from short films to animations and motion graphics.

This course is tailored to anyone passionate about filmmaking and seeking to develop their skills in digital film and media production including animation. The course covers a range of content, including digital film editing, colour grading and visual effects, animation and more, giving students a well-rounded set of digital filmmaking skills to create professional media content.

Students will have access to a suite of Apple computers with the latest software, including Adobe Premiere and After Effects, Adobe Animate, DaVinci Resolve and more. The course is the perfect first step  to progress into a career in the screen industries.

Event Management and Communications

If you've ever imagined yourself pulling the strings behind-the-scenes at a large festival, curating an exhibition, putting on a film festival or gig, this is the course for you! 

You'll get to try it all – devising your own line-up, programming film clubs, curating art exhibitions and booking artists, to creating marketing materials and delivering your final events in our state of the art live venue, exhibition space and cinemas.

The course covers a wide range of creative digital media skills in areas such as social media event marketing, digital image capture and video techniques to create social media content, giving you the practical skills and technical knowledge to embark on a career in Event Management.

Our professional tutors will guide you through the intricacies of online event organisation and there's no previous experience necessary. With access to the latest software and technology in a dynamic learning environment, you can make your dream event a reality.