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Media Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

You will create a variety of different types of media production including music videos (live and interpretive),documentaries, films, single and multi-camera productions, live studio television, radio shows, film trailers, creative photography, and effects and motion graphics. You will use our high definition industry standard camera kit, top-of -the range editing facilities, radio studio and TV studio.

This course is ideal if you would like to try the subject for the first time and complete within a year, or if you have already studied a level 3 course and wish to develop your portfolio / top up UCAS points. Otherwise we suggest you study the Extended Diploma in Media which is a 2 year course providing much more content and experience to build a strong portfolio.

Course content

You will take part in a range of media based activities to build a good understanding of the subject. Projects are arranged by units, with most of the work being coursework based. Each project is designed to give you an insight into a particular skill or specialism. This is very advantageous as it will allow you to try new activities and build different skills leading towards a range of work to show in a portfolio. You will learn the skills necessary to plan, script and direct media projects and use the tools to make them come to life through recording, filming and editing with our specialist resources.

You will partake in work experience opportunities such as live briefs to build your skills in the work place and prepare you for employment.

English and Maths skills are an increasingly important requirement for the workplace. Lecturers will support you to develop these skills as part of your studies. These are mandatory requirements of the course.

The main areas covered on the course include:

  • Video Production (Documentary, Short Film Production plus Music Video)
  • Film and Television
  • Photography
  • Radio Production (Advertising & Drama)

The course also prides itself in producing work for national competitions (Young Film Makers) and you will be encouraged to submit an entry, which will provide an excellent addition to your showreel. Throughout the year we aim to visit the Gala Durham, the radio facilities of BBC Newcastle, and Television Studios at BBC Newcastle.

The year concludes with a public screening of work in screen one of the Durham Gala cinema. You will work on projects both independently and in within groups to develop the teamwork and communication skills necessary to work within the subject.

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C and above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject. One of your GCSEs must include either English or Maths, alternatively a Level 2 certificate in Literacy or Numeracy will be considered. You will also be required to successfully complete the course induction period. If you don’t have the qualifications to gain entry there are level 2 courses available which are designed to help you progress onto level 3 programmes.

Future opportunities

Progression opportunities
You have the opportunity to advance to our Extended Diploma in Media (year 2). Following the two years of study many of our learners confidently gain entry onto many Higher Education courses ranging from journalism to radio, television and multimedia.

Related careers
Arts officer, producer or director Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.
Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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