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Creative Media Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The media industry is in an age of rapid growth with global communication networks bringing the digital age to every home.

This is a broad-based two year course with an integrated creative and technical study of media production, which looks at core aspects of the media industry. Although the course is practical, developing skills such as team-building, communication and presentation, there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit. Multi-skilling is encouraged as it plays such an important role in the new media industry. The course is both rewarding and challenging and is designed to assist students in coping with the ever changing world of media and communication.

Course content

Year one You will be introduced into the creative world of the media industries. In this year you will research, plan, design, storyboard, create and evaluate products using similar techniques to those used by the professionals. You will manipulate digital graphics, produce a stop-motion animation, design a website, create a Multimedia product, work on a print-based publication, create a 2D animation and look at computer games design. Theoretical areas covered during the first year include research techniques used in the new Media industries and career pathways and communication skills.

Year two Building on what you have learned in Year 1 you will produce a video advertisement, design web animations, create a variety of vector-based documents, design TV Idents, create a Flash website, produce a promotional CD/DVD show reel and even look at digital graphics for computer games. You will develop the skills required to manage a project in the New Media industries by working with a client to a specified brief.

Entry requirements

You should have basic IT skills including the ability to search the World Wide Web. The IT skills associated with the course will be developed, as they are required. You will need to have the necessary creative skills to visualise the final product before production starts.


All of your assessment will involve coursework that will involve you in working on your own outside lesson times. For most of the units you will be acquiring a wide variety of software skills and using these skills to produce solutions to problems.

Future opportunities

Several Universities have Multimedia and Digital graphics courses. Job opportunities are extensive, as are the opportunities for setting up your own business.

Further information

This course is designed for the creative person who wants to be at the cutting edge of the media world.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years