Creative Media Production Foundation / Extended Diploma Level 3

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About the course

The 90-credit diploma gives you a solid understanding of Creative Media practices, skills and techniques such as planning for film and moving image, recording visual and audio, editing and post-production, as well as use of technical equipment. The course is designed mainly for school leavers who have experience of Media at GCSE level, as well as having a passion and desire to explore the diverse subject area that is covered by Creative Media Production. The 90 Credit Diploma consists of 9 units equalling 90 Credits. 

This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside set projects and design challenges, development of English and Maths Skills through embedded activities.

Fees

  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English and/or Maths or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills) or NVQ 2 or Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with ideally GCSE English and/or Maths at minimum Grade C or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills).

You must also have:

  • A passion for Creative Media
  • A desire to work with Digital Media Products
  • A willingness to learn, experiment and develop your skills
  • The motivation to work independently and in groups on practical projects.

You will be enrolled on the 90 Credit Diploma, which is a one year course. Upon successful completion of year one, you can progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two.

What will I do on this course?

The 90 Credit Diploma consists of 9 units equalling 90 Credits. The units will focus on pre and post-production techniques designed to prepare you creative media professional working. Specialist units will provide you with basic and creative skills in Digital Media as well as research into a range of Media Practitioners. You will have the opportunity to work on a personal project and showcase your newly developed skills within the subject. Projects will allow you to work in the following areas:  

  • Advertising
  • Media Publication
  • Film Making
  • Animation
  • Documentaries
  • Video editing
  • Sound and Audio

Although the course does not include any formal English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop an understanding of the contextual language and numeracy involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available. Units undertaken on this year are also counted towards the second year (Full Extended Diploma).

The Units are:

  • Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Understanding the Television and Film Industries
  • Film and Video Editing Techniques
  • Single Camera Techniques
  • Music Video Production
  • Advertisement Production for Television
  • Presentation Techniques for Broadcasting
  • Soundtrack Production for the Moving Image

Extended Diploma

Specialist units will provide you with technical and creative skills. Through a wide range of practical work-based projects, you will work on design briefs in the following disciplines:  

  • Advertising
  • Media Publication
  • Film Making
  • Animation
  • Documentaries
  • Video editing
  • Sound and Audio
  • Website and App design

You will also write and design your own project within the subject and present your work through an end of year show. 

Who is it for?

This is the perfect course for a student who is interested in getting into the Film and Moving Image industry, which can open up routes into technical roles such as a camera operator or film editor as well as creative roles including writing and scripting for productions, journalism and documentaries.

The course is designed for 16-18 and 19+ learners who wish to develop a career in a creative media industry. It is mainly for school leavers, but can accommodate students who have studied at level 3, including other BTEC diplomas and/or A Levels. 19+ students, returning to education are welcome to join, but individual circumstances will be reviewed to ascertain if you can claim funding. You will need to be creative and be willing to explore and experiment with different techniques within the subject specialism.

  • School Leavers who have studied a creative arts and media programme at GCSE level
  • 16-18 students who have studied on A-Level or other Level 3 qualifications
  • 19+ Returning to education looking top develop a career in Creative Media.
How Is this course assessed?

Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present the work in workbooks, digital blogs and in different practical formats. You will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation and final outcomes. You will have access to a full record of feedback and marks for you to monitor your progress, self assess and reflect on your own practice.

What could I do next?

Progression will be onto the Extended Diploma in Creative Media (second year). This is subject to the successful competition of the 90 Credit Diploma. There are opportunities to switch learning and transfer onto one of our other Extended Diplomas.

  • Extended Diploma in Photography
  • Extended Diploma in Interactive Design
  • Extended Diploma in Graphic Design

Some students may choose to leave on completing the 90 Credit Diploma to go into Higher Education (depending on previous level 3 qualifications), find employment or an apprenticeship.

The 90 Credit is a valid qualification to help with these progression routes. Completion of the 90 Credit Diploma in has seen students progress into Higher Education, studying on BA Hons and Foundation Degree level programmes. Progression onto our Foundation Degree in Digital Media Production or Interactive Multimedia have also been a popular and successful route for past students. 

Students have also moved into more specialist areas of study, such as Film Making, Sound Production, Digital Graphics for Moving Image. There are also route directly into junior positions within the industry and apprenticeships available

As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.

If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.

If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Interview

The course will require an interview, which will aim to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.

You will be invited to an interview where you will meet staff and see our facilities. If you have examples of your work, please bring them with you to showcase. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview -  call: 0117 312 5000 / email: enquiries@cityofbristol.ac.uk

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16-18 19+
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