About The Course
The UK creative industries contribute £Billions to the UK economy. This trend has been rising in recent years and the UK creative industries continue to lead, thrive and grow.
Our course is for those interested in further developing their skills in the film, television and radio industries. Our study programme offers a range of specialist units providing industry-related knowledge, skills and practices that students need to prepare for employment or university.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, online sessions, and practical assignment work and regular industry professional contact.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Previous media study would be advantageous but is not essential.
The full two-year programme is the equivalent of 3 A-levels, preparing students to progress onto Higher Education studying a range of subjects at University such as Film & Television Production, Marketing, Multimedia Journalism, Animation Production, Creative Advertising and many more.
Alternatively, this course is the perfect preparation for students wishing to go into employment within the creative industries, making use of links with the BFI Film Academy, Resource Productions and numerous guest speakers and visitors.
Unit 1: Introduction to media processes and technical skills
Unit 2: Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
Unit 3: Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
Unit 4: Critical and contextual awareness
Unit 5: Investigating audio production and technology
Unit 6: Investigating visual production and technology
Unit 7: Investigating interactive media production and technology
Unit 8: Developing a creative media production project
This is a fast-paced course that provides students with the tools that they will need to go into either industry or Higher Education. The course regularly holds screenings and group feedback sessions, pitch presentations and collaborative working throughout. We make excellent use of our extensive facilities that include:
- Dedicated media production suites
- Full access to the Adobe Creative Suite
- Range of cameras, rigs and lighting equipment
- Studio space
- Our 400-acre campus
While it’s not necessary to have studied Media, you will be asked to provide a portfolio demonstrating your passion within the subject. This may be photography based, video-based or print-based. What we are looking for, are students with a love for media production and the enthusiasm to bring their ideas to life.
Uniform: Come as you are, but you will be trekking around campus on occasion filming and recording, so comfortable shoes/trainers and a warm coat is essential. Be prepared to work in the rain!
Equipment: You will need to supply your own personal stationery that includes: notebooks/journals, pens, pencils etc.
All media students will need their own:
- 1TB external hard-drive with USB connector and case
- A 2, 3 or 5-way headphone splitter
- 64GB or 32GB SD card
- A USB card reader
Amazon or Argos provide a good range of these resources. We no longer provide these and the external hard drive is essential for backing up all work completed on our computers (we digital clean these each term). You may need to format your hard drives to our system, which we’ll guide you on during induction.
Students will begin on a one-year Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. Successful completion of year one will lead to progression on to the second year where they will study to achieve the Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
The skills our students will be able to develop include:
This course is highly practical. Coursework is internally assessed. We assess in a variety of ways including video and audio work, slideshow annotations of technical skills development, Q&As, essays, presentations, pitches, video and audio practical outcomes. We also host feedback sessions (critiques) from industry professionals.
Our Level 3 students undertake industry placement. Traditional placement consists of 1 weeks block placement, followed up with one day a week in the same placement for the rest of the academic year. You will be well-prepared to go out into the world of work through seminar exploration and skills development sessions and to a destination suited to your individual progression. You will also get to work on live projects with cross-college departments and external clients as part of our professional development sessions. We also invite visiting speakers to meet with you and to run specialist workshops.