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Creative Media Production Level 3 at Northampton College

Course description

Our Creative Media programme will provide you with an opportunity to begin your journey in the exciting world of the media industry. Using industry-standard software and hardware in our purpose built Mac suites will give you the best possible start in developing the skills you will need to work in the fast-paced and creative environment of the media. This 2 year programme develops your understanding of the media industries and the practical techniques required to work in the rapidly changing media environment. At the start of the course, you will work with the basic skills of media production and management, developing your sound design and print layout; script writing; filmmaking; web site design and digital photography skills and experience. As your level of proficiency increases the tasks will become more challenging, engaging and unlocking your creativity. The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop technical skills for practical applications and real vocational experience or support with progression to university. The aim is for all students to enjoy the course and achieve deep learning through which knowledge is developed, as well as gaining transferable skills including research techniques, presentations/pitches, projects and problem based scenarios and the skills of working in a team. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our TV studio, media editing suites, radio and sound rooms. Classroom-based theory sessions are supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (including live broadcasts, video editing sessions, production company meetings) and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other media industry-related events. There will also be the opportunity to get a better understanding of the world of work through work experience opportunities. Studying Level 3 Creative Media at Northampton College will give you the opportunity to further your aspirations by progressing on to university or into the work place. Units include: - Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries - Communication Skills for Creative Media Production - Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries - Creative Media Production Management Project - Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries - Critical Approaches to Creative Media Products - Understanding the Creative Media Sector - Film and Video Editing Techniques - Digital Graphics for Interactive Media - Single Camera Techniques - Writing for Television and Video - Music Video Production - Advertisement Production for Television - Soundtrack Production for the Moving Image - Music-Based Programming - Page Layout and Design - Photography and Photographic Practice - Web Authoring If you do not have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C when you start this course of study, you will continue to work towards it as part of your programme. There are opportunities to go on a number of trips and visits including to studios, television production companies and even to the United States of America. There are also opportunities to see your work displayed and screened at our annual Media award ceremony. Students who successfully complete this programme can progess to higher level study at University, work experience as an apprentice or look to find employment in the Creative Arts industries.

Course content

Students who are looking to work in the Creative Arts industries or to study the subject to a higher level.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language, or a Level 2 Diploma in Media at Merit level with English Language at Grade C or above (please note that students who do not have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above will be required to continue to study this subject).


Through continuous assessment of assignments projects and commissions some completed under controlled conditions. From 2016 BTEC are starting to introduce some assessment through examination. Exact details are yet to be confirmed.

Future opportunities

Progression routes include:- University- Marketing- TV or film- Web design

Further information

You will be asked to pay for materials and trips at enrolment. The fee is currently £50 to cover trips and £175 for a basic kit which includes 1 TB external hard-drive, 16gb SD card, BTEC course handbook, card reader, headphones and the use of an online portfolio for storing your work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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