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Creative Media Production and Technology - TV and Film Production Extended Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

With a specific focus on TV and Film production, including every stage of the process from concept creation to audio and visual editing, this Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction into the industry and will give you all the skills you need to prepare for a rewarding career in this sector. You’ll learn about a wide range of film and television genres on this course, developing an understanding and knowledge of what goes into creating them. Then you’ll get creative, working with the exceptional facilities at The Manchester College to produce your own short dramas, music videos, documentaries, and multi-camera recordings. Using professional DSLR cameras, state-of-the art audio equipment, dolly tracks, specialist lighting and a green screen studio, you’ll develop highly relevant skills for this industry, as well as the ability to research, budget, communicate, project manage and work in teams. All of the techniques and knowledge you learn will be invaluable in helping you secure an exciting role in the creative media industry.

Entry requirements

We ask that everyone enrolling on this course has at least four GCSEs at grade 5 (grade C) or above, including English Language. You should also have a strong interest in creative media and be able to demonstrate this to us, either with a relevant portfolio or good communication skills. Alternatively, if you have achieved a full Level 2 vocational qualification with GCSE English Language at grade 5 (C), we can consider your application as well. A Level 2 Functional Skill English Language will be considered in exceptional circumstances.Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


Throughout this diploma, you will be assessed via a number of different practical and theoretical assignments in each unit of study. You will also complete a final major project, which will combine research, planning and production skills.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After completing this Level 3 Diploma in Film and TV Creative Media Production, you’ll be able to develop your skills and knowledge even further with bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees or HND’s in a variety of media-related subjects. You could also enter the working world straight away with a junior position in the industry, having gained all the abilities you’ll need to succeed in a wide variety of creative media careers, in positions as diverse as cinematography and screen writing, sound design and camera operation.

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.