Creative Media Production Level 3 Extended Diploma

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This course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree-level study and employment in the media sector.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology provides an opportunity for students who have an interest in media to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding. It also provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

What I'll learn

You will learn a range of digital design skills as well as becoming familiar with relevant software. These design skills include digital animation and website design, as well as DVD menu authoring.

In addition, there is also a video production element of the course, in which you will learn to research, plan and produce a range of video productions, including a music video and a short drama. Theoretical analysis informs all areas of your practical work, as well as giving an insight into how media institutions perceive audiences and construct products for particular markets.

You could progress to a degree foundation degree or higher national diploma in a media-related subject or gain entry into the industry at junior level. 


How I'll learn

You will gain knowledge of and skills in screenwriting, pre-production, pitching and presenting, directing, interviewing, camerawork, lighting, sound recording and audio and visual editing. Each of your specialist media production projects will also develop your abilities to research, budget, communicate, work in teams, project manage and think as an entrepreneur. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of creative arts and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.

The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills for practical applications and provide vocational real world experience. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our TV studio, media editing suites and on location in the Reading area, classroom-based theory sessions supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (live broadcasts, video editing sessions, production company meetings etc.) and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other media industry-related events

Throughout the duration of the programme, students will develop a portfolio of work, media industry knowledge and skills to help them to publish their work independently and find employment, or support an application for a higher education course. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through the tutorial support framework.


How I'll be assessed

This course is 100% coursework which means there are no exams. You need to be well organised throughout the year. You also need to enjoy working as part of a team and sharing your views.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (grade 4 or above), including English and maths or a Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.