Creative Media Practice National Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


Creative media is the perfect course for anyone who has a passion and love for Television, Film and Animation. This is a practical and industry-focused course which will enable you to progress onto a career as a filmmaker, animator, games designer, YouTuber, social media content producer, Podcaster or a radio producer. You will work within our versatile Film and TV 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.

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.

What will I do?

During the first year, you will undertake two units. The first of which is based on Skills Development through the majority of the year, the second focuses on your ability to meet a practical brief at the end of the year.

During the second year, you will study a further two/three units. The first of which focuses on progression routes, building your portfolio, applying for University courses and/or embarking on a career as a freelancer. The second unit is a final year project, in which you will manage a Creative Media Project based on an Industry brief. The third is an optional Level 4 unit, looking at self-reflection in your own skills and development as an Industry Practitioner.

As a Creative Media Practice 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, including Adobe Creative Cloud.

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 Media Practice 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 Media Practice 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 Media Practice 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: £7395.

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.

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 and Animation sector.

There are two modules, containing four mandatory units, across the two years and an Optional Level 4 unit in year two, which are as follows:

Year One – Module A: Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills

  • Unit A1 – Skills Development
  • Unit A2 – Creative Media Project

Year Two – Module B: Advancing Creative Practice

  • Unit B1 – Personal Progression
  • Unit B2 – Creative Industry Response

All four mandatory units are assessed on Informing Ideas, Problem Solving, Technical Skills, Professional Practice and Communication.

Optional Level 4 Unit – Critical Self-Appraisal.

Successful completion of the Creative Media Practice National Diploma Year One would allow you to progress to the Creative Media Practice Extended Diploma Year Two, 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

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