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Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College

Course description

On this course you will study film, television and media production across a range of genres, as well as producing your own short dramas, promos, music videos, animations, documentaries and multi-camera recordings. The college has excellent facilities: a range of professional video cameras and audio recording equipment, lighting kits, gels and reflectors, dolly track, camcorder stabilisers and a jib, a television studio with a green screen, and a dedicated Mac editing suite with Final Cut Pro X editing software. Initially in year one you will study for a subsidiary diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the extended diploma which they will complete in year two of the course.

Course content

You will gain knowledge of and skills in screenwriting, pre-production, pitching and presenting, directing, interviewing, camerawork, lighting, sound recording, animating, and audio and visual editing. Each of your specialist media production projects will also develop your abilities to research, budget, communicate work in teams, project manage, and think as an entrepreneur. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of creative arts and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.

The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills for practical applications and provide vocational real world experience. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our TV studio, media editing suites and on location in the Reading area, classroom-based theory sessions supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (live broadcasts, video editing sessions, production company meetings etc) and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other media industry-related events.

During the first year of the programme students will work towards a Media, Film and TV Production BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A level). Successful students will be able to progress onto the second year of the programme where they will work towards either a Media, Film and TV Production BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) or Media, Film and TV Production BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels). Throughout the duration of the programme students will develop a portfolio of work, media industry knowledge and skills to help them to publish their work independently and find employment, or support an application for a higher education course. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through the tutorial support.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs grade A*- C including English language and preferably maths, a higher diploma at grade C or above with Level 2 functional skills, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile with Level 2 functional skills. All applicants will be interviewed and should bring along a portfolio of media-related work. A satisfactory reference or school report is required.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a degree foundation degree or higher national diploma in a media-related subject or gain entry into the industry at junior level. At the end of the course you will have knowledge and skills to enable you to build a career in hundreds of different jobs in the film, television and media industries: producer, screenwriter, director, cinematographer, camera operator, sound mixer, editor - to name only a few of the better known roles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.