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Animation, Games and Interactive Media BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Hackney Community College

Course description

Students love this exciting and interactive two-year media course. It covers the practical skills required to work in the digital, web, television, games, animation, video, radio and film industries as well as core theoretical knowledge. The programme combines practise and theory to develop exciting creative skills using high specification Apple Mac computers and industry standard software. You will work on film, 2D and 3D graphics, 2D traditional animation, 3D digital animation, print design,
web design, mobile design, games design and interactive media. Software used includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects, Premiere, Unity, IPsoft Motion Capture for xBox Kinect and Maya. You will also learn video camera techniques. Assignments are practical and employer-led. Industry links are made through visits and guest speakers.

Course content

The BTEC course is very “hands-on” and 80% of the teaching takes place in specialist rooms that simulate industry requirements Study skills are taught in IT classrooms to prepare you for written assignments. You will learn by a combination of formal teaching in your specialist subjects as well as the use of research, tests, assessments, experimental work and note taking. You will also take part in a final major project which will end with a public end of year exhibition. You will use ICT in the classroom and library as well as answer questions from hand-outs and assignments. The one hour functional skills component will also help you improve your writing technique over the year. Learning also takes place outside of the classes in the form of museum trips, galleries, exhibitions, trade fairs and a field trip abroad.

The course has approximately 15 hours teacher contact time per week. You should expect to spend around 5 hours a week studying and completing homework or assignment work in addition to your actual lessons. Some of this can be at college using the open access facility with technician support. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet, etc


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent. Plus, in addition to showing a genuine interest in the subject, you will need to show a sample of your work. You will also have a College interview and assessment.


You are required to complete substantial amount of practical work which must be evidenced through, sketchbooks, annotation of work, and producing an end outcomes based on a theme/tasks. The work completed will form part of your course assessment. It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of: practical work with end outcomes, presentations, exhibitions, and written work. The work produced relates to specific unit assignments. By the end of the first year you will be expected to have completed 9 of your 18 units.


Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Higher level courses or employment within the media industry, including Tech City Apprenticeships.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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