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Media:Level 3/4 at Suffolk New College

Course description

On the UAL Foundation Diploma Media pathway you have the opportunity to learn industry standard media practices and build your show reel; You will gain experience and tips from workshops run by local media experts and companies, which will show you what is needed to progress in to a career in the industry.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.  

Course content

The Foundation course is a one year, full time experience that allows students to explore a variety of disciplines within a media framework by being part of an actual media company. This is supported throughout the year by a programme of critical and visual studies as well as being part of a team sourcing, planning, creating and promoting dynamic media products. Students will respond to live briefs from real clients working with them from initial ideas to exhibition and promotion (both physical and online) reflecting industry expectations and “no compromise” deadlines. The course is made up of 7 units, divided into 3 terms. The first is experimental and experiential, the second is developmental and concerned with progression to higher education and the third is the realisation of the years’ work. The first two terms are graded Pass only. The Final Project is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction (a Distinction is 285 UCAS points). Students will be expected to study 18 hours in college and at least 10 hours of self-directed private study. There are likely to be occasions where students would be needed for shoots or editing at ad hoc times across the week, evenings or weekends. Resources include media professional equipment, a multi-camera TV studio and gallery, industry level audio and visual software and sessions delivered by tutors who are media professionals and experts in their fields.

Entry requirements

To have completed the A Level programme of study or equivalent. An interview with a portfolio or showreel of work that demonstrates an enthusiasm for media.

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

There are trips to London, the UCAS fair etc , there are also overseas trips to New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona.  

Future opportunities

Students from the Media course have gained places at a variety of respected universities; these include Bournemouth University, Ravensbourne, Anglia Ruskin, Futureworks, Norwich University of Arts, Bradford University, and the University of Westminster. Some students have gained BBC apprenticeships. Others have successfully set up their own media companies.

Further information

Come along to one of our open events and apply, or apply online at 

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382738 or email


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: DAF43F0
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