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Media (Cambridge Technical Level 3) at Manchester Creative Studio

Course description

Students studying Media at Key Stage 5 will complete the OCR Cambridge Technical level 3 Media course which empowers students to work with a wide range of media products, production processes and technologies. This leads to practical and creative skills e.g. film making, photography, animation production and games design that transfer into the workplace. Unit choices cover a range of media sectors including print, web, radio, television, film, animation and gaming.

In addition students will work on live briefs set by real clients including promotional videos, print and web based advertising and animation.
The course is split into 2 pathways interactive media and games design. On the interactive media course students can expect to complete units on TV and film production, photography and photo editing, audio production, stop motion animation, special effects including prosthetics and magazine design and production.  

Course content

What will I study?

Audio:  The impact of sound and its impact on the user experience. Focusing on podcasting, music and other audio techniques, you will see how audio is used in films and games to create an effect and enhance the audio experience.

Video Production: This will give you the opportunity to work with professional camera equipment and build your skills as you learn about story telling through film, and the techniques behind it.

Animation: Whilst looking at different animation techniques such as stop motion and 3D animation, you will explore the roles of a digital artist.

Games Design: Working with your tutors and industry specialists to understand, and experience, the full process of game development. This will coding practices and techniques.

Print: This is the study of print based media such as magazines and news papers. You will examine the use of techniques like layout, headline structure and photography to see how this engages with an audience with a desired effect.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be able demonstrate creative and technical flare through the presentation of a creative portfolio.


To achieve these qualifications you will be assessed through your practical and written work via coursework assignments. Working in the media involves a lot of team working so you can expect to work in creative teams on projects. You will also work on Industry specific projects and briefs issued by our industry partners.

If you study for the Diploma you will take 12 units over two years and be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. This is equivalent to two A-Levels.

If you study the Extended Diploma, you will take 18 units over two years and be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. This is equivalent to three A-Levels.

Media students need to be committed, hardworking and resilient, with a willingness to seek advice and improve both written and practical work to ensure it is of a near professional quality.

Future opportunities

This is an exciting vocational course that will prepare & equip students with the necessary skills for successful application to many creative and media orientated industries or higher education in similar fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Manchester Creative Studio directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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