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Creative and Digital Media Level 3 Extended Diploma at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

The Government estimates that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the British economy. Employment in these industries is growing faster than the UK average; there has never been a better time to start on a career in this sector.

You will learn the practical skills needed to help you make a start on a career in the media industries, such as making a music video for a real band and creating 2D animations using state-of-the-art technology. Throughout the photography sessions you will be exploring both traditional and digital techniques, combining them to create innovative and exciting personal responses. You will be using studio lighting and exploring the planning and preparation to shoot on location.

Course content

  • Visual recording in Photography and Media
  • Materials, techniques and processes in Photography and Media
  • Ideas and concepts in Photography and Media Communication through Photography and Media Contextual  influences in Photography and Media Application, Exploration and Realisation (Final Major Project)
  • Personal and Professional Development in Photography and Media
  • Experimental imagery in Photography
  • Lens based Image Making Studio Photography Location Photography
  • 2D animation
  • Stop motion animation Camera techniques Video editing
  • Lens based image production
  • Digital video production

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above (in a minimum of three different subject areas) including Maths and English, plus a satisfactory portfolio or a Level 2 Diploma and Level 2 Maths and English, plus a satisfactory portfolio. Applicants who do not have a portfolio will be considered, but may have to undertake a short project to prepare them for the course.


Generally your assessments throughout the course will be in the form of assignments. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular unit that is being assessed. It is important that you realise that you are being assessed continually and will earn grades for all work that you do and it is therefore important to strive for good grades, particularly if you hope to progress to university.

All assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For each assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

Future opportunities

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Goldsmith’s College, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, the Edinburgh College of Art, Kingston University and the Wimbledon College of Fashion.

Our students have gone on to gain fantastic careers such as Web Designer, Set Designer for Theatre and TV, Film Maker, Photographer, Furniture Designer, Product Designer, Illustrator, Art Therapist, Architect, Fashion Designer, Town Planner, Costume Designer, Special Effects Props and Make up, Computer Games Designer, Museum Curator, Industrial Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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