Although the course is largely practical, you will also develop other core abilities such as collaborative working, communication, and presentation skills. Alongside the practical aspect of the course there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit as well as the successful completion of two mandatory exams.
The two compulsory examined units are:
You will have the chance to resit each exam in June of their year. Such resits would need to be paid for by you. You will be taught the content to successfully complete the exams in the winter terms of each year, alongside other practical based coursework.
The practical based coursework units you can expect to study include:
(These are subject to change)
This course is being offered as a 540 Foundation Diploma over 2 years
This qualification is a similar size to one and a half A-levels. Learners must achieve a total of 8 or 10 units consisting of 2 mandatory examined units and 6 or 8 further units.
You will develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in digital media to prepare you for employment in the digital media sector in job roles such as a digital layout artist, assistant animator, production runner or freelance crew member or for a media related HE course or apprenticeship. You will develop ideas for digital media products and gain a variety of digital media art-working skills. You will also be taught about the media industry and pre-production techniques to prepare you for the mandatory exams. Other skills that you will develop include team working, communication, planning, organising, and adaptability. You will learn about and use a variety of media related hardware and software, including our range of video cameras, camera supports 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. You will learn via lectures, collaborative in-class discussion, working in small teams and independently both at college and at home.
Learners must successfully complete all the required coursework units and the two mandatory examined units. The exam papers are externally assessed, and the coursework units are assessed by your lecturers and then externally moderated by a visiting examiner from the exam board.
Recent trips have been to the Harry Potter studios; The BBFC and the 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.
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 1.5 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.
This course works well alongside A-levels or vocational subjects such as English, Media, Art, Business Studies, Graphic Design, Computing or Social sciences, such as Psychology and Sociology. Finding out how people like to work, what they do and how they react to platforms and then producing relevant and challenging material applies to all these areas.
Yes if you take this course, you cannot do the Journalism course.