Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
Full time course
This vocational course is focused on helping you develop a range of media skills as well as a knowledge and understanding of the UK film and TV industry, in preparation for pursuing a career within the field of moving image.
What will I study?
The course involves working independently and in small production teams to generate, develop and produce moving image and interactive media products as well as learning the underpinning theory accompanying the moving image form. You will also focus on developing your understanding of professional practice and the routes of progression within your chosen career path.
Year 1 units:
Introduction to media processes and technical skills
Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
Critical and contextual awareness
Investigating audio production technology
Investigating visual production technology
Investigating interactive media production technology
Developing a creative media production project
Year 2 units:
Characteristics and contexts in media and communication
Engaging with an audience in creative media production
Preparing for progression in creative media production
Specialist study in creative media production
Extended project in creative media production
Maths & English
A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main study programme.
There is a strong focus on industry practice and learning how the TV & film industry works in the UK. All students complete a work placement each year; in the first year, you will work with others to produce a media product for an external client, while in the second year, you will negotiate your own placement, or participate in a selection process for placements with some of the country's top media employers, such as ITV West and Films@59.
You will be offered the chance to get involved in external schemes, such as the Bristol BFI Film Academy and BBC Talent Ticket as well as the opportunity to participate in TV production experience within the college.
What do I need to join?
Five GCSEs at grades 4 (C) or above, including English and maths. Mature applicants will be considered on their individual merit. All applicants need to bring a portfolio of creative work to their interview and successfully complete a college taster day.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
Through a range of group and individual project work ranging across media forms, specialist workshops, demonstrations, lectures and cultural visits.
How will I know how I am doing?
Coursework is set with structured achievable targets and clear regular feedback from your tutor. You will also discuss work as a student group and obtain feedback from your peers.
Are there any extra costs?
There is a materials fee payable at enrolment, which will cover the cost of tickets for film screenings, day trips, masterclass workshops and events as well as the majority of materials used on the course. Any residential visits will incur extra costs.
What can I do next?
Study at Higher Education level for a degree, apply for an apprenticeship, gain employment or set up your own production company.
What are my career options?
It is expected that students from this course will be suitably prepared for entry level employment within the Creative Industries.