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Film and Media Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Film & Media programme provides Full Time professional training for those learners who are clear that they would like to pursue a career in the Media industry. The content of the course is broad—you will be introduced to techniques and professional practices across a range of Media sectors including film, television, radio, print media, photography, graphics, animation, advertising and marketing. Your skills will be developed through practical projects underpinned by relevant Media industry theory. As the course progresses students are able to direct their studies through self-generated projects and Year 2 of the programme is focussed on building an appropriate portfolio of skills for successful university or employment entry. The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills you need to prepare you for employment and a future career in the Media industry.

As part of your course you will work with students from different areas of the College, including Performing Arts and Dance, Art & Design and Theatrical Media Make Up, as well as with external clients, to tackle real working briefs as film-makers, photographers, advertisers, animators and print media journalists. As the course progresses you will develop a portfolio of your work, including a show-reel of your moving-image and interactive work.

Course content

Each year is structured around practical course unit projects supported by classes that develop your understanding of industry skills, practices and protocols. During your course you will complete units such as:

  • Understanding the creative media sector
  • Music video production
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital graphics
  • Film studies
  • Film and video editing
  • Multi-Camera Production
  • 2D animation production
  • Page layout and design
  • Graphic narrative production
  • Radio drama
  • Advertising

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language. If you are coming directly from school you must have GCSE English language at grade C. 

We believe that it is important to support you so that you can pursue a future in creative media production, so the course will include helping you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional GCSE English and Maths where appropriate if you have progressed from a lower level vocational course. 

You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.

Assessment

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations. 

You will be expected to work independently on college projects outside of class time.

Future opportunities

The Media industries are expanding on a national and global level. Recruitment to the sector has accelerated in recent years, offering new professional opportunities. There are more people working in the Media today than in any other employment sector, and the UKs reputation for high quality Film, TV, Radio and print media is second to none. 

Students can use this course for UCAS applications to H.E. institutions to study HND/HNC, Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) courses or possible career opportunities in Film & TV, Radio, Animation, Photography, marketing,  advertising or the publishing industry. Apprenticeship programmes within the Creative Media Sector are also available, subject to successful applications.

Career opportunities include: Film & TV, Radio, Animation, Photography, marketing,  advertising or the publishing industry. Apprenticeship programmes within the Creative Media Sector are also available, subject to successful applications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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