Develop the skills required for a career in the media industry, including web authoring, producing digital graphics, photography, web design, animation techniques, media campaigns and television adverts.
Units covered may include the following:
- Film and video editing techniques
- Digital graphics for interactive media
- Factual programme production techniques
- Music video production
- Advert production for TV
- Social action and community media production
- Presentation techniques
- News production for radio
- Photography and photographic practise
- Interactive media authoring
- Web animation for interactive media
Students also complete a skills project to help build confidence and employability skills. It covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge and help with employment potential.
The one-year Foundation Diploma course carries the same UCAS tariff as one A level, and is aimed at students who wish to learn and develop skills so they can progress to a career in Graphics, Web design, Games Design or Animation.
After completing the Foundation Diploma, students can progress onto the full Extended Diploma in Interactive Media, which carries the same UCAS tariff as three A Levels.
Five GCSE passes at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.
Students who have not yet achieved grade 4 (C) in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.
Students must demonstrate a keenness to learn new digital techniques and apply in a wide range of applications, e.g. websites, posters packaging, digital images.
BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Interactive Media) BTEC National Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Interactive Media)
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.
Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students will also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.
Students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.
Successful students may progress onto the Extended Diploma in Interactive Media, HNC Graphic Design, employment or an advanced apprenticeship.
Fees and Additional Costs
Students will be offered the opportunity to visit location sites, exhibitions and shows and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.