Creative Digital Media Production (TV & Film)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body UAL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This practical qualification is designed for post-16 learners who want to study media-related degree courses in Higher Education or take up an Apprenticeship. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of creative digital media production and develop an understanding of how to work within the media industries.

Tutorials, enrichment activities, work experience and independent study will also add to the programme of study.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English, or the Level 2 Certificate in Media (graded at merit or above).

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.

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. You will produce and direct your own fictional film and documentary.

Mandatory modules in Year 1 include:

  • Unit 1: Media Representations
  • Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio
  • Unit 6: Media Campaigns
  • Unit 8: Responding to a Commission

Mandatory modules in Year 2 include:

  • Unit 2: Working in the Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 3: Digital Media Skills
  • Unit 5: Specialist Subject Investigation

SIX additional units will be studied over the two years and could include:

  • Factual Production
  • Film Production – Fiction
  • Scriptwriting
  • Single Camera Techniques
  • Film Editing
  • Advertising
How will I be assessed

Many of the units require coursework which will be internally assessed throughout the year.

Things you may need

To fully participate in your learning programme you will need:

  • Portable hard drive (Toshiba or Seagate) 7200rpm/500GB minimum – immediately
  • Extreme SD memory card – Class 10 – 32GB
  • Over ear headphones
  • Files for your work
  • Plastic pockets
  • A4 paper pad
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Coloured pens
What next

Successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diplomas can lead to university or an Apprenticeship in Media.

Higher Education courses could include:

  • BA (Hons) Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Media Production
  • BA (Hons) Film
  • BA (Hons) Digital Television Production
  • BSc (Hons) Broadcast Audio Technology

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.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

Tuesday, 28th August 2018 - 9am-7pm


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