This substantial three-day a week course is for students wishing to explore the vast subject of Creative Media production. The course is primarily concerned with the moving image and visual creativity in theory and practice; there is also a strong graphic design and photography element. All related units within the course are designed to complement each other so you are continually building and developing the skills needed to work in the creative media industry. In practical classes students can expect to learn how to plan, direct, produce and edit their own films, animation or photographic productions. In theory classes, you will explore such topics as media representation, target audiences and the structure of the industry and portfolio building. You will develop a range of personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in higher education and employment.
The one year course consists of 12 accredited units including Research Techniques for the Media Industries, Pre-production Techniques and Understanding the Media Industries. The course is designed to provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the media industry and allied sectors or progress to university. This course leads to a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 and is the equivalent of two A levels.
It is recommended that students who are under 19, and who have limited experience with media applications, join one of our Level 2 media courses where you will also be able to pursue your chosen specialist area in creative imedia and be enrolled on Functional Skills in maths and English and progress on to the level 3 the following year with a strong understanding of the media applications and what is needed to achieve a pass or higher grade.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
Four GCSE’s at grade C or above to include English, or a Merit at Level 2 Diploma/GNVQ Intermediate (preferably in media based qualifications). A place on the course will also depend on a satisfactory reference, a successful interview and evidence of media work/related subjects. There are exceptions on a case by case basis if you are coming from industry or have a range of experience and supporting portfolio. You will need to sow enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to work hard and attend regularly. If you do not have GCSE’s in English and maths at Grade C you would need to enrol on additional courses in these subjects at college as a condition of the course.
What does the course lead to?
The BTEC level 3 in Creative Media Production leads to a nationally recognized qualification at Level 3 and is the equivalent to two A levels.
Progression routes to University are numerous and based on your chosen career path, or you may choose to progress directly into employment.
Where will I study?
The Creative media production is run at our Kensington site and lessons take place in our specialist studios.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The College is fully equipped with Internet access, over 80 Apple Mac Computers, A4/A3 Colour laser printers, A4 Scanners, Photographic and film studio, recording studio. We run industry software such as: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Apple Final cut Pro and Adobe After Effects, to name a few. HD video recorders, an array of light reflectors and softboxes, dolly and track, cranes, and a 15 foot green screen are also available.
How much should I study outside class?
You will be asked to conduct research work outside of class time and visit exhibitions. Just as importantly, you will be asked to practice what you learn in class to develop your skills and build your portfolio.
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be assessed at the end of each project, usually three times in the year. Assessment takes place via a submission of portfolio based work for each unit (12 in total). In some cases, two units may be combined in one project brief. You will also be expected to present work to the group in the form of a critique, presentation or pitch. In addition, group tutorials take place every week and individual tutorials are held twice a term which will help to prepare you for assessment. At the end of the year you will participate in the college exhibition, which also forms part of the assessment process.
Are any course materials online?
You will be able to access your courses on Moodle, where your tutors will post a wide range of course related information and resources. Students are guided to appropriate websites for research purposes and suppliers of materials.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will be given a course handbook at the beginning of the year which will give you a list of recommended reading. In addition we have a good range of books, and ibooks, available in the library. During the initial weeks, the course tutors will provide you with a list of materials and equipment that you will need to purchase as part of your ‘kit’. We have a small shop at the Kensington site which is open each day, between certain times, that stocks most of these items at cost-price.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
There will be a standard studio fee to cover the cost of materials shared by the group, this will be outlined at the start of the course. This is payable to your tutor within the first two weeks of the course start.
You will, in addition, need to provide your own DSLR camera, materials and props for video and photographic productions. For students on a low income the college has a limited number of DSLR cameras for use on the college grounds, although it is recommended that you have your own (DSLR cameras can be found at numerous retailers such as Jessop’s, Argos and PC World for around £300).
What do I need to bring to the interview?
Once you decide to apply, you will be sent a letter inviting you for an interview. You need to bring with you any sketchbooks, drawings or examples of work that you have made recently, these can be photos, especially if the work is too large to carry. (Also, Certificates of English and maths qualifications, if already achieved).
If you are under 19 you will also need to bring proof of age in order to enrol (see guidelines on our website).