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Creative Media TV, Film and Special Effects Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

Is this course for me?

If you enjoy hands on production and have a curiosity as to how media products are made, this could be the course for you. You should have a positive attitude, a lively and enquiring mind and a willingness to explore new ideas. You need to have good time management skills to manage coursework and meet assignment deadlines.

What will I learn?

Starting with the basics of creative media production across a range of areas related to film, video and television production you will have the opportunity to create a range of fiction and factual projects, experiencing different production roles and techniques. You will gain skills in pre-production, camera operating, sound recording, lighting, editing and TV studio production to create products to professional broadcast standards. You will work both independently and in group situations to complete work both in class and outside of taught sessions.

Over the two-year programme, Level 3 Extended Diploma students will complete 13 units of study. In year 1 you will be introduced to and develop a broad range of skills that will help you to produce a personal Creative Media project. In year 2 you will develop your skills further in your chosen specialism before producing an extended Creative Media product.

What else will I gain?  

On the course you will have to opportunity to work with local businesses as well as visiting a professional working TV studio.  There is an opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Whitby to produce a short horror film and you will also be encouraged to work with students across a number of creative disciplines in order to enhance the quality of your production for example performing arts or graphic design students.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?  

You will learn from highly qualified and experienced staff with a range of academic and professional media experience. The course will be based in the new building at Hillsborough College where you will have access to purpose built facilities including a brand new TV studio, video and audio suites and professional production equipment.

Where will it lead?

Your next step could be to university/Higher Education courses such as our own Foundation Degree in Media Production, or to a wide variety of degree courses across the UK.

Future career opportunities could include working in post-production, special effect, 3D modelling or audio production for film and TV.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language


UAL Creative Media courses are assessed by coursework. You will have set assessment tasks but there are no formal external exams.

Financial information

There is a £35 studio fee that will enable you access to all of the necessary materials for each year of the course and can include trips, visits and sessions by guest speakers to help enrich your studies whilst on the course. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Your next step could be to university/Higher Education courses such as our own Foundation Degree in Media Production, or to a wide variety of degree courses across the UK.

Future career opportunities could include working in post-production, special effect, 3D modelling or audio production for film and TV.

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.