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Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Creative Media Production

Qualification: 
Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
2
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Murray

What is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Creative Media Production?

This is a one year practical course which will begin to develop and train you in all stages of the media production process. Covering moving image and print based media, it is an assignment based course, working on different briefs covering a range of media products. You will learn to operate video cameras and edit on computers adding music and sound effects. You will also learn to write and edit scripts. You will work on computers to design and produce print media products.

Is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Creative Media Production suitable for me?

Are you a creative, hands-on, energetic person, with a good eye for what looks good and what doesn’t? Do you like working on computers, with camera equipment and being part of a creative team? You will be expected to work more independently than you might have previously experienced and to cultivate a different relationship with college teachers. The course does require a real commitment from you as you may be filming outside of college hours and on location. You must be able to work responsibly as part of a crew, as the media industry relies on people with strong social skills.

How will I learn?

Lessons are focused on developing the technical skills necessary to produce effective media products and an understanding of how the industry works. You might be working individually editing a video or researching a specific product, or working in pairs to complete a storyboard exploring narrative. You will also work in a small film crew and present your finished work to the class.  You will have class discussions with your teacher and analyse existing media products, before researching your own. You will also have the choice to attend field trips throughout the year to use your practical skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of eight units during this one year course, all of which are assessed by coursework: this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and staff observations.
For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Progression

After the course, if you have achieved a Merit or Distinction grade, you could have the opportunity to go on to study on the BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production course, if you are considering entering the film and television industry. Or you might go onto another suitable Level 3 course, tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

Entry requirements

You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you should have an interest in creative subjects.

Course costs

As well as providing your own pens, pencils, notebooks etc, you will pay a £50.00 deposit. £25.00 of the deposit will be retained to cover media resources such as DV tapes, blank CDs and DVDs to record your work on.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Barbara Murray

What is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production?

This is a practical course for those who wish to work in the media industry. The world of film, television and radio is continually changing and there is a need to develop skilled, confident practitioners for the digital age. BTEC assignments are based on realistic work-place scenarios which will develop your practical and personal skills as well as giving you valuable knowledge about the way the media industries work.

Is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production suitable for me?

If you are committed to working in the media the BTEC offers an exciting way to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for your chosen career. The course is structured around a series of projects: assessment is continuous rather than exam based. You will need to enjoy working in teams, using your initiative and working independently.

How will I learn?

Learning happens in a variety of ways: through class-room based lessons, workshop activities, independent study and, where possible, work-placements. The course requires a very high level of commitment and flexibility. You will be encouraged to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities. As well as creating TV programmes using professional-standard media equipment you will also develop important life-skills such as time-management and effective team-work.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of 13 units during the two years of the course. Assessment includes the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. The majority of the units are internally marked coursework, however exams are also a part of the course, as are controlled assessments with external marking. 

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.

Students must complete and pass the first year to progress to the second year.

Progression

Many students choose to continue their studies at university, specialising in areas such as Editing, Digital Film Production and Make-up for Film and TV.

Others go straight into the media industries, working as production assistants, researchers, sound engineers and camera operators for film and television companies. Several graduates of the BTEC course have set up their own freelance production companies.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. To study this course you should have an interest in creative subjects.

You are not required to have studied Media at GCSE but you will need to demonstrate a real enthusiasm and commitment to pursuing a career in this area.

Course costs

£100 deposit for use of equipment, of which £25 will be retained for consumables

2 gb memory stick

Headphones

Stationery

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

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