Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology
Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the creative media industry?
This Creative Media course could set you on the pathway to a dream job in filmmaking, photography, editing, social media, content creation, podcasting, branding, animation, video game design, graphics design, VFX or interactive media!
During the course, you will enhance your technical expertise through hands-on workshops with industry-standard equipment and technology, and gain insights into the creative thinking and production process by completing multiple production projects and live briefs. As you progress through the course you will identify the ideal pathway for progressing into university, employment, or an apprenticeship.
Internal work experience will allow you to gain hands-on knowledge of what it’s like to work in the field and apply the skills developed throughout the course in a collaborative and practical setting. Past internal work experience has involved on-location film production with zombie and murder mystery-themed short films being produced, directed and filmed entirely by students. Branding and marketing campaigns were also produced in conjunction with the short films for those whose primary focus was graphic design and social media content creation.
The units on this qualification have been developed to provide you with the flexibility to either explore multiple practical disciplines or develop and focus on one discipline throughout the entire two years.
During the course you will study the following units:
– Introduction to creative media skills and technology
– Music promotion
– Video games and sound
– Promotional media and advertising
– Progression and entrepreneurship
– Specialist study
At the end of each year, there is a final, summative project, which will be an extended project of work that you choose to suit your interests and skills. You can choose from a wide range of project outcomes, including producing short films, documentaries, influencer-type videos, posters, websites, game art, fashion and editorial photography, and short animations. The list is nearly endless. You can choose to collaborate with other students if the project is suitable.
The Creative Media programme is delivered by a team of experienced and approachable lecturers who have a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise.
There are no exams for this qualification. Instead, you will be assessed through your coursework submissions.
To be accepted onto this Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.
You will also be asked to provide a small portfolio of recent Creative Media projects showing your skills and interest in Creative Media and reflecting your chosen specialism.
This qualification carries UCAS points equivalent to three A Levels. Upon successful completion, you can follow a number of progression pathways such as university, setting up a freelance production company or moving directly into employment in the industry.
Facilities and resources
Within the Creative Media department, we boast an ever-expanding range of industry-standard software and equipment. You will have access to the following:
– Brand new PC and iMac suites
– Creative Cloud License
– A suite of DSLR cameras
– ‘Cine’ grade cameras and lenses
– Photography studio with industry-standard lighting
– Podcast studio
– Dark Room
– Graphic tablets
– A range of DJI Gimbals
– DJI drones
You will also have the opportunity to borrow equipment to use at home.
Students will also have access to The Nexus – our specialist performance zone – for performance-related short films.
Q: Do I need to buy an Apple Mac computer?
A: No, we have iMac labs where you can work on your projects and most students store their work on the cloud to access at home. However, capable PC hardware would be a benefit on this programme.
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.
Q: Do I need to bring anything with me when I start the course?
A: Yes, we advise all of our students to bring their own USB sticks/portable hard drives (no smaller than 64GB) to store their work, and their own SD cards to use in the DSLR cameras.
Q: Does this course have exams?
A: There are no exams in this qualification, rather you will be assessed through formative coursework submissions at the end of each project.
Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:
– Your academic or vocational qualification.
– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.
– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.
– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.
– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.
– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.
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Why Petroc should be your first choice
Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.
We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community.
Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments.
We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.