Creative Digital Media Production & Technology - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)
Level 3 Vocational
North Devon Campus
Do you want to work in the film, TV or interactive media industries? Whether you want to be a film director, camera operator or a designer of interactive or print media, this exciting new full-time vocational course in Creative Media Production is for you.
You can explore creative media production, creating your own products in a digital form across a broad range of media disciplines.
This two-year Creative Digital Media Production and Technology course is equivalent to doing three A-levels and will help you to develop your understanding of the media industry, improve your technical skills, understand creative thinking and production processes, and help find the best route for you into university, employment or an apprenticeship.
In the first year, you will study for a Level 3 Diploma by being introduced to technical skills relating to visual, audio and interactive production. You will also learn about professional practice as well as develop your design and research skills. You will finish the year by completing an extended project in the media area you are most interested in.
In the second year, you will go on to an extended diploma to develop your skills and understanding while working toward your progression either to university, work or an apprenticeship. The course ends with the Final Major Project, an individual assignment which will allow you to showcase your skills in an exhibition at the end of the second year.
Whether you want the experience of working as a part of a large film crew or the buzz of seeing your ideas and designs published online or in an exhibition, this course is for you.
Year 1 has eight units where you begin to explore different areas of media production and test your favourite area out further by creating a project piece.
Year 2 extends your knowledge in three main areas: visual, audio and interactive and finishes with an extended project of your choosing that decides your final overall grade. This contains 14 units.
There are no exams for this course. The units will be internally assessed by coursework units and externally moderated.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.
You will need GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above and at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. You do not need to have studied GCSE Media Studies, but if you did, you will need to have achieved a grade 4 or above.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points, and as it is equivalent to three A-levels, this qualification meets admission requirements for a range of related Higher Education courses such as:
- BA (Hons) Filmmaking
- BA (Hons) Photography
- BA (Hons) Media Studies
- BA (Hons) Computer Animation
- BA (Hons) Media Production
- BA (Hons) Film
- BA (Hons) Digital Television Production
- BSc (Hons) Broadcast Audio Technology
Our resources include suites of iMacs complete with Adobe Creative Cloud software, DSLR cameras to use when you are filmmaking or doing your own photoshoots, and studios where you can record sound and still or moving images. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff being years of experience in the creative media industries and can help you learn new skills and develop your ways of creative thinking.
Learning Technologies and Library Services offer relaxed, quiet and comfortable places to study. You will find a variety of private and group study spaces on campus and multiple computers that can be pre-booked. The college WiFi also allows you to bring your own devices to use.
There are always friendly members of staff on hand to help you find information to assist your study, and you can borrow items including books, journals and media equipment in the Library.
Please bring a notepad and some pens on your first day.
Studio fees for printing and equipment in the lab and art barns will amount to £40 each year.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do I need to buy a MAC computer?
A: No we have Mac labs where you can work on your projects and most students store their work on the cloud for access at home.
Q: Do I need to buy an expensive camera?
A: No we have DLSR cameras that can be taken out on loan for your media projects.