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Creative Media Production BTEC Extended Diploma at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

The Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production caters primarily for those who are interested in making and studying films, researching and analysing the Media and developing communication and presentational skills.

This very in-depth course demonstrates to students the world of making media in all its forms and delivers a broad knowledge of how to use high-tech and state-of-the-art recording and visual equipment.

Course content

You will be studying 19 Units over 2 academic years, focusing on areas of media theory, audio, graphics and media production.

The first 6 weeks of the course will be a separate Short Award in Interactive Media - which will give you the chance to get your production skills up to date and learn the basic terminology needed for the Level 3.

Examples of Units and projects you will be studying are:

- Documentary making,
- Research Techniques,
- Single camera drama,
- Critical Approaches to Media Products,
- Music Video Production,
- Soundtrack Production.
- Stop Frame Animation.

Entry requirements

To apply for a place on this highly popular course, you need to hold at least 5 GCSE's including Maths at a grade 'C/4' or above.

You should have an interest in the Media, be able to work in a team as well as stick to tight deadlines and schedules.

You will need to bring evidence of your original certificates at Induction, and also understand that there is a short introductory course, which you must successfully complete before moving onto the Diploma.

This 6 week course will involve making a short film, and getting to know the basics of the camera and editing equipment.

You do not have to have any previous media experience, although this is desirable. You should be passionate about film-making and learning about this exciting industry


You must complete all 19 Units over the 2 academic year programme in order to achieve the full Extended Diploma.

Most Units have 10 credits attached to them, some have 5. You need to achieve 180 credits, and have successfully completed the 8 mandatory Units.

Assessment is via practical assignments, course work, presentations and class work in each unit.

You will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for each completed Unit.

Future opportunities

If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying at a Level 4 or above (HND, B.A or B.S.C) courses at University.

You will leave the course with a range of skills desirable to employers, such as communication skills, report writing, working to deadline and working with others.

Further information

You do not need to purchase any specialist equipment, as it will all be provided for you. You may be asked to contribute towards the cost of some trips, this will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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