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learn future-proof creative skills
Small class sizes
Prepare for progression
Excellent academic & technical support
build for a successful future
This course is designed to give you every possible chance to build the qualification, skills and competencies required to progress on to higher level college study that could then lead to a successful future in the creative industries.
develop workplace skills
Develop skills that are essential for the workplace. These skills include team working; working to a set brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
Creative & dedicated staff
The teaching team are friendly, supportive, and well-qualified; they offer high level pastoral, academic and technical support to help you realise your creative potential.
what will i learn?
The course is structured around 8 hours of Media and a further 8 hours of work towards English and Mathematics qualifications, plus a work skills module and a one-hour tutorial slot.
Throughout the course you will study several areas involving creative media Skills, digital photography, audio & video Editing, animation and interactive media.
Ultimately, the course is designed to support you to develop a portfolio of creative skills as well as work skills and qualifications in English and Maths that will give you the confidence and abilities to thrive at Level 3 and beyond.
This course will help you develop the skills and competencies demanded by employers in the creative industries. Through your studies you will learn to:
> be adaptable in the face of change > be a collaborative team player > be a confident communicator > be creative and innovative > be an entrepreneurial problem‑solver > develop high‑level technical skills (traditional and digital) > be motivated and self‑directed
Progression 2 allows you to study a core of Media and will also include Functional Skills / GCSE English and Maths and an OCN Work Skills qualification. This one-year course is focused on progression, either to further specialised study at Level 3, PPD or into employment.
where will it take me?
This qualification will support you to progress to a range of further education courses such as a Level 3 Diploma, Personal and Professional Development, Apprenticeships, or employment. It will provide the first steps in preparing you for a wide range of careers in the creative industries, including opportunities in areas such as photography and media production.
The Media department is friendly, supportive, ambitious, and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality, and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.
You will be encouraged to try a broad range of approaches, which you will then refine into ways of working which suit your individual interests, acquiring and developing specialist skills in your chosen discipline.
Your ongoing work will be assessed in lessons through focused 1:1 discussion and you will be given formative feedback of how you are progressing (e.g., fail, pass, merit, distinction.). Portfolio work will be assessed regularly for reflective, thoughtful, analytical critical evaluation and annotation. Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to these during your lessons.
At the end of the course, you will receive either a Pass or Fail for the Media Award along with in-house accreditation for the additional modules.
There are no strict formal entry requirements for this course, although we would expect you to have GCSEs in the 1-3 grade range. Informally we would expect enthusiasm, a willingness to get hands-on and an ability to work productively and collaboratively with others.
Camera equipment is available to loan from the department, but many students opt to use their own; we recommend Canon models as they will then be compatible with the college inventory. We will provide most of the materials you will need such as photographic paper, SD cards and some printing credits but there may be some small costs involved in purchasing necessary items from our college shop. Bursary options are available to assist with this (subject to eligibility.)
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