TV and Film (Creative Media)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course gives you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge for a range of careers in the film and television industries. You will develop professional production techniques alongside a critical understanding of media theory. Practical projects will be completed using state of the art camera and editing equipment, as well as professional standard post production software such as Final Cut pro, Adobe After Effects and Maya. The extended diploma course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English, or the Level 2 Certificate in Media.

In order to apply for the Extended Diploma you must have achieved the Foundation Diploma.

You are required to attend an interview here at the college and we will request a school or college report.

A good level of ICT knowledge is required

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You will develop your skills and knowledge through a mixture of practical and theory based sessions. The majority of units are aimed towards practical work and the development of real life skills.

Year 1 - Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film)

  • Short film production
  • Film editing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Advertising

Year 2 - Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film)

After successful completion of year 1 you may progress on to the Extended Diploma and develop an in-depth understanding of media theory and production techniques that will prepare you for university or employment within the media industry.

  • Documentary film making
  • Visual effects
  • Music video production
  • Film studies
  • Soundtrack production
How will I be assessed

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the formal unit assessments. These assessments make up 41% of the Foundation Diploma and 42% of the Extended Diploma.

What next


Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

  • Screenwriter
  • Video editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Researcher

We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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