This course offers the skills, knowledge, understanding and practical application needed to progress onto study media production or a wealth of related courses at higher education or to go into employment within related sectors. You will be supported to produce a portfolio of work that reflects your skills, interests and future ambitions, giving you the best chance possible to progress onto University study, a higher apprenticeship or directly into employment. Previous students have completed work experience and then gained full time positions at local companies such as Maverick Television and the BBC.
This is an ideal course if you are interested in making and studying media forms such as film, television, and radio. Beginning with the general key skills needed for developing, researching, making and evaluating a variety of media forms you will develop a more personal approach to practical and creative communication. You will be introduced to some of the key critical approaches to media production and analysis as you develop a portfolio to showcase your knowledge and skill. There are loads of practical projects to apply your skills.
Examples of projects you will be studying in the first year are:
Introductory Media Skills
Introduction to Short Film Production
Factual Film Production
Live Television Production
Virtual Reality Photography Gallery
Examples of projects you will be studying in the second year are:
Music Video Production
Academic Journal Writing
Working to a Client Project
Short Film Production
Final Self-directed Project
The course will be delivered on site, through workshops, seminars, practical demonstrations, and small lectures. You will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits such as cinema, gallery, and studio visits. You will be expected to undertake research, production, and other project work outside of class time, and you will have access to the appropriate, professional equipment to complete your projects. Cameras, tripods, audio recorders, edit suites and TV and Radio Studios are all provided.
By completing the first year you will achieve a UAL L3 Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology. Depending on your results from the Diploma, there will be the opportunity to progress onto the second year qualification (Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology).
All 8 Units of the Diploma and the additional 5 Units of the Extended Diploma will be internally assessed and internally verified through student's portfolios of evidence and are subject to the UAL Awarding body external quality assurance. There are no exams on this Media Course.
Places on the course are offered by interview initially. During the interview you should be prepared to discuss your passion for filmmaking and media production and your interest in learning more about this exciting industry and art form, and where you hope your study might take you.
You will be expected to bring a short example of your previous creative work with you to discuss during your interview, this might be a photographic series, short video, or animation.
To apply for a place on this highly popular course, you need to hold at least 4 GCSEs including English Language at a grade 'C/4' or above. You should have an interest in the Media, be able to work in a team as well as stick to tight deadlines and schedules. You will need to bring evidence of your original certificates at Induction.
Although a Media Studies GCSE is preferable, it is not essential, although some previous media experience would be useful and enthusiasm for the subject is a must.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
Initial progression would typically be to study UAL Creative Media Production and Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma (MEBAH093BCF0). On successful completion of the Extended Diploma you will be able to continue studying at Level 4 or above (HND, BA or BSc) courses here at Solihull College and University Centre or at another University, in Media specific programmes or other related courses.
You will leave the course with a range of skills desirable to employers, such as digital media production skills, communication and analysis skills, report writing, working to deadline and working with others.
Previous students are currently working for the BBC, Sky Sports, Maverick Television, Birmingham Eastside Newspaper and RockStar games, amongst many others.
N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds
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