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Creative Media Production (Television and Film) - Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year course provides a broad foundation for a range of careers in the media industry. You will learn camera operation, digital video editing, audio production and interview and presentation techniques. You will also learn how to make programmes in a range of different genres including documentaries, music videos and news reports. Your course will be based in our brand new media centre using our TV studio, digital cameras and editing suites.

Course content

This course is practical based, with embedded elements of media and communication theory to combine the practical skills with theory content. The ability to write and analyse information is therefore required. The theory content of the course focuses on students' understanding of meanings (semiotics) created by the media and how audiences are targeted and consume media products.

The course will be based in our brand new Media Centre using our TV studio, digital cameras and editing suites. You will get practical hands-on experience using the latest technologies for audio visual production required for film and television studio productions. Each student has access to an Apple Mac computer and our video editing suites are kitted up with various editing software for film editing and radio production including Final Cut, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.

You will study:

  • Single camera and multi-camera techniques
  • Scriptwriting for fictional film and factual programming
  • Television documentary production
  • Music video production
  • Presenting and interviewing techniques for broadcast journalism.

You must be passionate about film and television and be able to produce both practical and written work to a high standard.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, including English language, or the Level 2 Diploma with a merit or distinction and functional skills in English and maths. You should bring to your interview any work that will demonstrate your awareness of the media such as photographs, videos, written work, etc that you have recently completed.

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The course is assignment rather than examination based and is continually assessed, culminating in a final major project. Your grades are recorded throughout the year and appear on your final diploma. Your progress is constantly monitored and any problems are dealt with as they happen, either during sessions or in tutorials. Individual action plans for students are arranged during tutorials which enable you to plan your studies more effectively. This continuous assessment will finally take you through to a job or higher education applications.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18 years.

Future opportunities

The HND in Creative Media Production at West Thames College, a degree course at university or employment in the media industry. The HND is a two-year course which can be topped up with a third year at university to achieve a BA Honours Degree in Media Production.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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