You will study creative media production and technology against a broad range of projects. The first year is about essential practical and theoretical skills building. You will work on a number of productions including animations, music video, documentary, an extended essay and short films. These lead to your graded final major project in a medium of your choice. The second year continues your explorations into the media industries against a range of productions and introduces new skills to develop and challenges to solve as you move towards progression onto higher education or an apprenticeship. You will learn about and use a variety of media related hardware and software, including within our dedicated TV studio and control room, our range of video cameras and sound recording and mixing technology. With regards to software you will be taught how to use the Adobe Creative cloud suite of programmes including Adobe Premiere, Addition, After Effects and Photoshop. This qualification is internally assessed by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel and externally moderated by UAL Visiting Moderators.
You will learn in a variety of ways including via participation on whole class and small group discussion, engaging with in-class challenges and activities. There are lectures and practical demonstrations to attend. You will work independently, in pairs or small groups on your projects. You will be given constructive critique and reviews of your on-going productions. You will be taught by highly knowledgeable media practitioners and long serving lecturers in conjunction with our dedicated technician. You will be expected to continue your studies independently outside of lesson time both in college and at home. You will also learn by reflecting on your progress in your ongoing journal.
This course will be assessed via coursework and a portfolio of evidence built up over the two years. You need to complete and pass all the set units over the 2 years. This qualification is internally assessed by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel and externally moderated by UAL visiting moderators.
Recent trips have been to the Harry Potter studios, The BBFC and BBC
There is no expectation that you will provide your own production related equipment (video camera / suitable laptop) however, if you have access to such resources this is beneficial. You will need to bring a suitable USB drive and SD card to every session. It is recommended that you supply basic stationary / folders etc. and that you have printer credit available. Having a suitable external hard drive would also be beneficial.
There is no requirement to have studied the media at GCSE. Beyond having the minimum college entry requirements there are no further requirements. However, it will be beneficial if you have studied an art / media related subject previously. You will need to be creative, imaginative, be able to solve problems and work in an organised and collaborative way on this course.
This course is the equivalent of 3 A-levels. It can be used to gain UCAS points for university entry or as a training qualification for those wanting to go into work.