Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma Level 3

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    September 2020


The Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma is a two year course. During your first year you will study the Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production National Foundation Diploma. This can be a standalone one year qualification, which is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. Upon successful completion of the first year, you can then progress on to the second year to study the Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma (Top Up), which is equivalent to three A levels.

If you are passionate about Film, Television & Animation, and enjoy working in a creative, exciting environment, then studying Creative Digital Media Production is the course for you. This is a practical and industry-focused course which will enable you to progress onto a career as a filmmaker, animator, games designer, YouTuber or a radio producer. You will work within our versatile Studio and creative editing suites to gain experience in the planning and production of a wide variety of media products, as well as engaging with local and national businesses to work on live industry briefs.

What will I do?

You will learn to produce both fictional and factual films, animations, social media content (such as YouTube) and much more. Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the media industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up to date knowledge being shared in lectures.

During the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma, you will study 6 units, these consist of four mandatory units, two of which are externally assessed and two optional units covering Factual and Fictional Film Production.

During the second year, Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will study a further seven units, three of these are mandatory units, two of which are externally assessed. The second year units will develop on your knowledge gained from the Foundation Diploma, building towards individual specialisms dependant on you interest/pathway.

As a Creative Digital Media Production student you will have access to all of our facilities, including a dedicated, versatile Studio and three iMac editing suites, and you will have access to a wide range of industry standard equipment and software.

Work experience will be sourced with local and national employers to give you real world freelance experiences that relate to the creative sector. You will be supported in identifying organisations for your placements, or you can generate these from your own contacts.

You will go on trips to visit places such as the Harry Potter Studios, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Film Studios and course related museum visits. You will also have the chance to meet a number of guest speakers who work in different areas of the industry.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) or equivalent, and a portfolio of work or a Level 2 qualification to a Merit standard.

If you do not have a portfolio of work to bring to the interview, you may be set a task to complete within 2 weeks as a condition to enrolment.

The Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will study at College for three-four days a week, 9:00am - 4:30pm, plus six-eight hours of independent study.

This Creative Digital Media Production National Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost:
Year 1, National Foundation Diploma Level 3 - £2882 (Starting 2019/2020)
Year 2, National Extended Diploma Level 3 - £4513 (Starting 2020/2021)

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed through practical tasks such as group work, workshops, and practical course work, which will be underpinned with theory to give you a broad grounding in the Film, TV & Animation sector.

There will also be 4 external assessments which include an examination, two set tasks and a performance-based assessment.

Successful completion of the Creative Digital Media Production National Foundation Diploma Year One would allow you to progress to the Creative Digital Media Production Extended Diploma Year Two (Top Up), and then on to higher education to study any aspect of media such as the Creative Media Production (Film) HND.

Potential career routes include:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Camera Operator
  • Screenwriter
  • Games Designer
  • Animator
  • Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Designer
  • Radio Producer
  • Social Media Content Creator (YouTuber, Influencer, etc.)
  • Freelance Videographer

Additional costs include contribution towards educational visits and/or workshops approx. £60 per year. You will also be expected to provide your own personal media materials e.g. SD cards & external hard drives, as well as fund your own film projects e.g. props/costumes, cast/crew fees, etc. approx. £80 per year.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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